Grays Lake (Illinois)

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Grays Lake
Grays Lake Moore View.JPG
Location Lake County, Illinois
Coordinates 42°20′28″N 88°02′42″W / 42.341132°N 88.045034°W / 42.341132; -88.045034
Type kettle lake
Basin countries United States
Surface area 80 acres (32 ha)
Max. depth 18 feet (5.5 m)

Grays Lake is a 80-acre (32 ha) kettle lake[1] located in the Village of Grayslake in Lake County, Illinois.

Local regulations[edit]

Motorized watercraft are generally not allowed on the lake. Largemouth Bass must be 14 inches long or longer to keep while Northern Pike must be 24 inches long or longer to keep.

Morphometrics[edit]

Grays Lake contains approximately 112 million gallons of water covering approximately 80 acres (320,000 m2). Water depth is approximately 18 feet (5.5 m)[2] at its deepest point and averages 4 feet deep. The lake is nearly 0.3 miles (0.48 km) wide and 0.53 miles (0.85 km) long with about 2 miles (3.2 km) of lake shore.[3]

Watershed[edit]

Grays Lake lies at the top of and drains into the Mill Creek watershed. The Mill Creek watershed lies in the Des Plaines River watershed, which lies in the Illinois River watershed, which lies in the Mississippi River Watershed, which drains into the Gulf of Mexico and eventually into the Atlantic Ocean.

Fauna[edit]

Fish Largemouth bass, crappie, northern pike, sunfish, carp and catfish.[4]

Mammals Fox, Coyote, Gray Squirrel, Chipmunk, Raccoon, Bat

Amphibians Frog

Birds Turkey Vulture, American Robin, American Goldfinch, Blue Heron, Mallard Duck, Swan, Dark-eyed junco, Red-tailed Hawk

Reptiles Common snapping turtle

Flora[edit]

Pickerel Rush

Jones Island[edit]

At the west end of the lake is a peninsula called Jones Island. This area, previously a marsh, was filled in to improve recreational opportunities.[5][6]

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