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LaSalle Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area
LASALLE LAKE STATE FISH & WILDLIFE AREA
LASALLE LAKE STATE FISH & WILDLIFE AREA
2651 N. 21st Rd.
Marseilles, Illinois   61341

Phone: 815-357-1608
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LaSalle Lake, a manmade, 2,058-acre lake 8 miles southeast of Marseilles, is popular among anglers. Serving as a cooling lake for Commonwealth Edison's LaSalle Power Station, the lake is formed by levees that rise above the surrounding land. While this "perched" construction helps the lake catch the wind to cool the impounded water, it can result in extremely hazardous conditions for unwary boaters. All lake users should familiarize themselves with the precautions described in the "Safety Information" below.

Dirt excavated for the lake's construction was used to build the shoreline and internal dikes, which are covered with rock riprap. The dikes are used to direct cooling water through a five day circulation pattern from the discharge channel back to the intake channel. There is typically a 20-degree water temperature difference between the two channels. The average depth of LaSalle Lake is 15 feet, but there are excavated areas within the lake up to 70 feet deep.

With its riprapped shoreline, LaSalle has no natural shoreline for beaching boats. Boaters must allow ample time to boat from the lake's northern shores to the boat ramp area on the southwestern corner.


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Relax in the rustic beauty and comfort of Starved Rock Lodge, Cabins and Starved Rock Inn. The historic Lodge has 69 guest rooms, which include three bay-window rooms, plus cabins nestled in the woods. Fireplaces can be found in four of the eight sunset cabins near the pool area...
Web Site: starvedrocklodge.com/
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Coming from the north, you can take I-39 or Rte #23 or Rte #47 south to I-80. From I-39 and Rte #23, go east on I-80 to the Seneca exit. From Rte #47, go west on I-80 to the Seneca exit. Go south through the town of Seneca across the Illinois River Bridge on Rte #170 to the flashing yellow light at the Mazon/Grand Ridge Blacktop. Turn right onto the Blacktop and go about two and a half miles. The Fish & Wildlife Area entrance will be on the right.Coming from the east, go west on I-80 to the Seneca exit.Coming from the west, go east on I-80 to the Seneca exit. Go south through the town of Seneca across the Illinois River Bridge on Rte #170 to the flashing yellow light at the Mazon/Grand Ridge Blacktop. Turn right onto the Blacktop and go about two and a half miles. The Fish & Wildlife Area entrance will be on the right.Coming from the south, take Rte #23 or Rte #170. If on Rte #23, go to the town of Grand Ridge. In the middle of town, at the school, turn right onto the Mazon Blacktop. Take the Mazon Blacktop past the nuclear plant. The Fish & Wildlife Area entrance will be on the left. If on Rte #170, go north to the flashing yellow light at the Mazon/Grand Ridge Blacktop. Turn left onto the Blacktop, go about two and a half miles. The Fish & Wildlife Area entrance will be on the right.

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