A pool of clear bubbling water which sparkles like silver on sunny days provides the basis for the name of Silver Springs State Fish and Wildlife Area. Even on extremely cold days, this pool does not freeze, and visitors marvel at the bordering beds of watercress. Majestic oaks and prairie grasslands provide a panorama of natural beauty to park visitors. The Fox River runs through this picturesque area which is also home to several small manmade lakes. A natural prairie restoration project gives visitors a feeling of the original landscape with native wildflowers, songbirds, waterfowl and upland game. Picnicking, fishing and hiking are popular pastimes in summer, with ice fishing, sledding, ice skating and cross-country ski trails available for the winter sports lover. For relaxing, exercising or just enjoying nature, Silver Springs is the perfect get away location.
This is by far one of my favorite parks in the area. If you go around sunset (8ish around this time of year) you're bound to get some beautiful pictures! The hikes at Silver Springs are always very easy but we always manage to get attacked by mosquitos so make sure you don't forget the bug spray like I always do!
Nice and easy trails, beautiful place. I fished the main lake, bluegill galore and i could see many bass hunting but couldn't get any. A few lakes dot the area and seen fisherman at each one. The main lake has a small shack they sell bait and concessions, even rent kayaks.
Diverse atmosphere here...a few little lakes w/ paddle boats and serious fishermen; flat trail right along Fox River; dirt paths through prairie meadows, and a couple rocky/rooty hills that are slippery when wet and very steep. Not a very huge park, so if you get caught on a trail that's not your cup of tea, it's easy to change course. I go here when I just want a good walk in the woods, away from the maddening crowd. Planning to come back to try some Catch n Release fishing. We saw a guy fly- fishing there last month, and he was hauling them in! Fascinating to sit and watch from the dock or benches around lake. There is a "bait shop/snack shop", but I've never seen it open-so hours must be very limited due to state funding cuts?