Lake Carina Trail is a 1.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Gurnee, Illinois that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 1.1 miles Elevation Gain: 16 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

fishing

hiking

nature trips

paddle sports

walking

bird watching

running

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

snow

A short trail provides walk-in access from Milwaukee Avenue and connects the parking area with the fishing pier. A 1-mile mowed grass trail encircles the lake and is ideal for hiking and nature observation, and cross-country skiing. A popular fishing hole and former gravel pit, the preserve's main feature is the 23-acre Lake Carina. Anglers can cast for bluegill, northern pike, largemouth bass, perch and white crappie. Lake Carina is stocked by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. The lake is surrounded by woodlands and open fields. The preserve also features a pond, wetlands and a stream named Stoneroller Creek. Birdwatchers may find belted kingfishers, eastern kingbirds, yellow warblers, northern orioles and several types of herons.

Trail is short, very close to the highway and If the highway noise doesn’t bother you the buzz of the above powerlines definitely will!

hiking
8 months ago

Just a good old fashioned “Nature Trail”.

hiking
9 months ago

It's okay but it's quite noisy being next to the tollway.

hiking
10 months ago

Short hike, with a small lake. Abuts the Des Plaines River on the east side. I-94 noise can impact any trail quietness. Still a nice place to do a lunch time hike.

walking
Mon Aug 04 2014

While I have enjoyed this site as a good place to ramble with a friend and conversation, the highway is nearby and the buzz of nearby electrical towers can potentially take away from the experience. Bring bug spray!

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Wed May 01 2019

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hiking
Wed Jul 04 2018

walking
Tue Jun 09 2015

bird watching
Sat Apr 26 2014