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Lake Le-Aqua-Na State Recreation Area, IL

Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
Max reservation window: Fri Oct 17 2014   Later Dates


Whether you visit for an afternoon or stay a few days, you will leave Lake Le-Aqua-Na State Park with many happy memories. Located in Stephenson County just west of Route 73 on Lake Road, the park is six miles south of the Illinois-Wisconsin state line and three miles north of Lena. Highlighted by a 40-acre lake and all the recreational opportunities there, the park also offers multi-use trails, picnic areas, and RV, tent, equestrian and youth group campgrounds. Developed as part of a statewide plan to provide Illinois citizens with recreational opportunities close to home, the park was started with a land acquisition program in 1948 and was dedicated as a 715-acre state park 10 years later. Lake Le-Aqua-Na's name is the result of a contest sponsored by the Stephenson County Sportsmans Club, one of the park's many sponsors. The name is a combination of the town of Lena and the Latin word for water, aqua.

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • Amphitheater
  • Campground Host
  • Camping, Equestrian
  • Dock, Fishing
  • Dump Station, Camper
  • Handicap Sites
  • Hiking Trail
  • Information/Contact Station
  • Office/Ranger Station
  • Park Lake
  • Parking
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Showers
  • Toilet, Pit/Vault
  • Trails, Bicycle
  • Trails, Easy Hiking/Walking
  • Trails, Equestrian
  • Trails, Moderate Hiking
  • Trails, Mountain Bike
  • Water, Drinking
Less Than 100 Feet
  • Fire Rings
  • Grills
  • Picnic Tables
Greater Than 1 Mile
  • Admin Service, Copying
  • Admin Service, Faxing
  • Church
  • Emergency Services
  • Fuel, Vehicles
  • Golf
  • Grocery Store
  • Group/Community Facility
  • Kennel
  • Laundry
  • Medical Clinic
  • Newspapers
  • Pay Telephone
  • Putt-Putt Course
  • Town
Within 10 Miles
  • Cash Machine/Atm
Greater Than 10 Miles
  • Hospital
  • Motel
Alerts and Important Information
  • Shelter Reservations are non-refundable unless the area is closed by the Department, in this circumstance the Site Manager will contact you prior to your reservation date to cancel and issue your refund.
  • Firewood Ban: It is illegal to bring or possess on IDNR properties any firewood from out-of-state or from a quarantine area or adjacent counties where wood exportation or movement has been prohibited by State or Federal Law.
  • A responsible adult (18 years of age or older) from the camping party must register for the party and thereby acknowledge compliance with the rules and regulations of the park for the party.
  • At least one responsible adult must accompany each group of 15 minors.
  • Special camping rate reductions apply to Illinois residents only.
  • Group size and number of vehicles cannot exceed the established maximums.
  • The maximum length of stay from May 1 through September 30 is 14 nights in any 30 day period.
  • All pets must be on a leash. Pet owners are responsible for their animal's waste and must dispose of it properly.
  • All visitors are required to leave park before 10 PM.
  • Groups of 25 or more are required to register in advance with the park office We hope you enjoy your stay or event. Remember, take only memories, leave only footprints.
  • You may place no more than 2 tents or one recreational vehicle(an additional tent is allowed for minor children) on a campsite.
  • No more than four adults or a family(mother, father and minor children) may occupy the camp shelters.
  • For specific park information or questions regarding your reservation, please call the Park Office at 815-369-4282
  • Getting There:

    GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
    42.42333, -89.825
    42°25'24"N, 89°49'30"W

    From The Chicago Area: Take I-90 West to Rte 20 West at Rockford. Travel on Rte 20 West to IL 73 North(approximately 60 miles). Turn right onto IL 73 and travel North 2 miles into the town of Lena. Turn left on Lena Street. Proceed two blocks, turn right onto Lake Road and go approximately 3 miles to parke entrance. From The South: Take I-39 to Rte 20 West of Rockford. Travel on Rte 20 West to IL 73 North(approximately 58 miles). Turn right onto IL73 North go 2 miles into the town of Lena.Turn left onto Lena Street. Proceed two blocks, turn right onto Lake Road and go approximately 3 miles to park entrance. From the West: Travel on Rte 20 East to IL 73 North. Turn left onto IL 73 North and go 2 miles into the town of Lena. Turn left onto Lena Street. Proceed two blocks, turn right onto Lake Road and go approximately 3 miles to park entrance. From the North: Take WI 69 South which will turn into IL 26 South at the Illinois-Wisconsin line. Take this to the town of Orangeville. Take a right on McConnell Road. Cross IL 73. The road then turns into Lake Road. Go on Lake Road to Park Entrance.

    Contact Information:

    Mailing Address:

    Lake Le-Aqua-Na State Recreation Area
    8542 North Lake Road
    Lena IL 61048

    Phone Number:

    Information: (815)369-4282