Opening Day - May 27th
At Maple Lake, you can rent a canoe, kayak or rowboat and a enjoy a cozy lake nestled in a forested vale in the hills of the Palos area. Maple Lake is also a great jumping off point for exploring the Palos trail system, mountain biking, or climbing to the top of the bluff at Swallow Cliff.
(to rent, arrive by 1 hr. before sunset)
Memorial Day weekend is our 'soft opening'
May 31 through Labor Day
September & October
Wolf Rd. just south of 95th St., Willow Springs
All rental trips are round-trips.
Reservations not required
When you visit the Palos preserves, you may forget you're in Illinois because of the rolling hills formed by the 'terminal moraine' of the glacier that once covered the area - that is, Palos is the point where rocks, boulders and rubble torn up and carried by the glacier melted out. Palos offers bluffs with views, hikes with ascents, and the loveliest lake in Cook County - Maple Lake.