Hours
Open daily one hour after sunrise until one hour after sunset. Fishing is allowed until 11 p.m. at Deep Quarry Lake.
Stats
Acres
725
Location
Bartlett, IL
Trails
3 Miles
Features
Drinking Water
Parking
Latrines
Habitats
Lake/Pond/
Waterway
Prairie/
Grassland
Wetland
Activities
Bicycling Fishing Hiking Horseback Riding Picnicking Wildlife Watching Winter Activities
 

West Branch

The 725-acre West Branch Forest Preserve in Bartlett contains two lakes, wetlands, a tallgrass meadow, a wet prairie, an immature floodplain forest, and a rare fen and hosts a variety of reptiles, amphibians, mammals, and birds, including grassland birds and migrating and nesting shorebirds. Originally purchased to help with flood control, the forest preserve also features a reservoir that collects and naturally filters stormwater.

Recreation

Picnicking

Picnickers can use any of the inviting tables located near the parking lot.

Ground fires are prohibited, but visitors may bring their own grills and use the on-site hot-coal disposal containers.

For everyone’s convenience, West Branch offers a water pump and restrooms with pit toilets.

Trails

Over 2 miles of trails ideal for hiking, bicycling, cross-country skiing and horseback riding winds through the preserve and connects to the Hawk Hollow Preserve trail system to the north.

Dogs 

Dogs are welcome at West Branch Forest Preserve but must be on leashes no greater than 10 feet in length.

Fishing

The 40-acre Deep Quarry Lake has two fishing piers and a maximum depth of 45 feet; 15-acre Bass Lake’s deepest point is 30 feet. Both contain bass, sunfish, channel and flathead catfish, carp, bluegill, and crappie. Night fishing is allowed along the shores of Deep Quarry Lake, but all anglers must be out of the forest preserve by 11 p.m.

The West Branch of the DuPage River snakes through the forest preserve for more than 2 miles, offering scenic beauty for all visitors in addition to ample fishing opportunities. 

Anglers 16 and older who are not legally disabled must have valid Illinois sport fishing licenses in their possession. They must also carry Inland Trout Stamps in order to take trout from Forest Preserve District lakes. All anglers must follow all District and state regulations.

Zebra Mussels

The Forest Preserve District confirmed the presence of invasive, nonnative zebra mussels in Deep Quarry Lake and Bass Lake and is working with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency to prevent any further spread. 

To help support these efforts, anglers are asked not to dump bait. Rather, dispose of bait and bait water in the trash or on the ground far from shore. Anglers should remove all water, mud, plants or animals from all equipment before leaving the shore. They should also wash and dry anything that comes in contact with the water, such as tackle or clothing, with hot water (over 104°) or a power washer and allow it to dry for at least five days. In addition, anglers are asked to never put plants or animals in a body of water unless they came out of that body of water.

Accessibility

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County is committed to making its facilities accessible to all visitors. For special accessibility needs or concerns, please contact the District's ADA coordinator at (630) 933-7683 or
TTY (800) 526-0857 at least three business days in advance of your visit.

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