William W. Powers State Recreation AreaWith the summer weather heating up, Illinoisans can enjoy a variety of water activities at William W. Powers State Recreation Area and other local parks. These recreational sites offer opportunities to get outdoors while enjoying nature on land and water.

Located on Wolf Lake on Chicago’s southeast side at the Illinois-Indiana state line, the William W. Powers State Recreation Area is a 160-acre recreation park featuring a visitor center, picnic area, blinds for hunting and space for other summer activities like boating and fishing. In 1965, the Illinois General Assembly dedicated the site to honor the memory of William W. Powers, a former state legislator that was remembered for his investment in the promotion of recreation for local residents.

Since its establishment, William W. Powers State Recreation Area increased from 160 acres to 580 acres, of which 419 acres are water. The park’s Wolf Lake provides an expansive six miles of shoreline for fishing, fully stocked with largemouth bass, northern pike, bluegill, redear sunfish, crappie, bullhead, carp, walleye, and hybrid muskie.

This area is also a suitable venue for nature education and a beautiful site for picnics and family outings.

For more outdoor enjoyment this summer, check out local parks by county below: