A new fishing lake will be open as of Friday, May 22 at Prattís Wayne Woods Forest Preserve in Wayne. Northern Harrier Lake is 20 acres, and has a 40-car parking lot off Stearns Road west of Route 59. It is a former quarry and has received management for fishing. Stocked species include fingerling-sized yellow perch, smallmouth bass, walleye and channel catfish. Largemouth bass, bluegill and black bullhead are also present. To allow time for growth and breeding to establish healthy populations, fishing at Harrier Lake will be catch-and-release only.
For a more information on Harrier Lake, visit http://www.dupageforest.com/blog/default.aspx?id=6846
Beginning on Tuesday, May 26, several improvement projects will begin at Mallard Lake Forest Preserve. In order to safely accommodate the construction work, the forest preserve will be closed to all visitors through the projectís completion, which is anticipated in fall 2009.
New features will include a 193-car parking lot, a boardwalk near the lakeís south area and a limestone trail linking newly constructed areas. A new entrance will be created on Schick Road. The project will also include stabilization of the northern portion of the preserveís Mallard Lake, the Districtís largest recreational lake. The installation of wave-break structures will dissipate future damage to the shoreline, while native-vegetation plantings will create healthy habitat on land.
For a description of the project at Mallard Lake, including a map of new features, visit http://www.dupageforest.com/projects.aspx?id=6714
For questions on private-boating permits, call Visitor Services weekdays at 630-933-7248.