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Four Lakes

Four Lakes is 186.1-acres containing four small man-made lakes. This is the Forest Preserves of Winnebago County’s most popular fishing area. Fish stocked include: bluegills, channel catfish, largemouth bass (catch & release on bass at this location), brown bullheads, redear sunfish, northern pike. No minnows are allowed for bait use to prevent diseases and invasive fish species. This preserve annually hosts Hooked On Fun, a free kids fishing event!

The entrance at 10180 Trask Bridge Road (Highway 70), Pecatonica, IL 61063 has a sporting dog training area that is open year round. It requires on-site day use registration at no charge. Rules and regulations are posted. Dogs should be kept within training posted boundary signs. There are 25 acres of upland field training area and 1/2 acre pond for retriever training. This is a great area for those wanting to run and train their sporting breed pointers, flushers, and retrievers.

Acres: 186.1
Access Road: Yes
Restrooms: Yes
Drinking Water: Yes
Picnic Tables: Yes
Shelterhouses: 1
Lake View: Wood shelter, 80 max. people, 4-12ft. tables, 48 seats, No electricity, No vehicle access.
Playground Equipment: No
Ball Fields: No
Horseback Trails: No
Sporting Dog Training Area: Yes
Hiking Trails(miles): 0.0
Campground Sites: No
Boat Launch: No
Canoe Launch: No
18 Hole Golf Course: No
Illinois Nature Preserve: No
Special Facilities: Fishing Areas, Sporting Dog Training Area
Donated Land: No
Natural Areas: No
All reservations subject to the GENERAL USE ORDINANCE.

Trail Map

Download a printable trail map here.


10207 Fish Hatchery Road, Pecatonica, IL 61063
7.7 miles from Rockford city limits. Highway 70/Kilburn Ave/Trask Bridge Road – 7.7 miles to Eddie Road (next intersection after Wempletown). South 3/4 mile to Fish Hatchery Road. West 1 mile to the preserve entrance.

Shelterhouses 360° Views


Shelterhouse *Fees
Max People Tables Seating Electric Playground
Lake View $50 $75 80 4-12ft. 48 No No

*Residents or non-residents of Winnebago County


Reservations are Non-refundable and Non-transferable

All shelters reservations are FULL day reservations. Shelter use is from 7:00am – Sunset. (Preserves close a half hour after sunset)

Shelters MUST be reserved 3 days in advance

$2.00 convenience fee added to credit card purchases