Visit Beautiful Bangs Lake

Bangs Lake is a natural glacial lake located in northeastern Illinois’ Lake County and is considered a popular destination for family recreation in the Chicagoland area. The lake is managed by the Village of Wauconda, in cooperation with the Lake County Health Department Lakes Management Unit and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Although the majority of property around the lake is privately owned, the Wauconda Park District maintains the community’s public beach and its facilities.

During the boating season, the Wauconda Police Department patrols the lake. Boating inspections are available either by appointment or on the lake itself. For more information on inspections and associated fees, please visit our Marine Safety Team website. The Environmental Quality Department monitors the water level in the lake. The Public Works Department operates the weed harvester. The Lake County Health Department Lakes Management Unit issues bathing beach licenses, conducts inspections, and collects water samples at the licensed beaches twice per month from May-September.


Lake Facts:

Normal Mean Water Elevation: 773.86 above sea level

Surface Area: 306.1 acres

Shoreline Length: 6.3 miles

Maximum Depth: 32 feet

Average Depth: 10.9 feet

Lake Volume: 3,323.6 acre-feet

Watershed: Fox River

Sub-Watershed: Slocum Lake Drain

Receiving Waterbody: Slocum Lake


In 2005, Bangs Lake was one of the seven sentinel lakes in the county that the Lakes Management Unit selected to monitor annually for five years. Each year, the lake was monitored for water quality and plant diversity/distribution. The conditions of the shoreline and fish/wildlife populations were also noted, although these were not the primary focus of the study. A report on the condition of the lake was prepared each year. The final year of the sentinel lake monitoring was 2009. A comprehensive five-year report is expected in 2010. Reports are available at

Bangs Lake Advisory Committee

The Bangs Lake Advisory Committee is an ad-hoc committee that was established by the Mayor in the 1990’s. The committee consists of area volunteer residents and a chairperson (or co-chairs) annually appointed by the Mayor. The committee meets to discuss issues affecting the lake and also sponsors several community lake events such as the Kids Fishing Derby. Please click here for more information the Bangs Lake Advisory Committee and other local partners.