William W. Powers State Recreation Area

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William W. Powers State Recreation Area


(773) 646-3270

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A 160-acre tract was acquired by the state in 1947 and became known as the Wolf Lake State Recreation Area. Other acquisitions have now increased the area to 580 acres, of which 419 acres are water. In 1965, the Legislature approved changing the name of the state recreation area to honor the memory of William W. Powers, a former state legislator, who was well-known for his deep interest in the promotion of recreation for the residents of his district. Activities open to visitors include boating, fishing, hunting, picnicking and winter sports.

Map of William W. Powers State Rec. Area (IL)

Latitude, Longitude: 41.668930, -87.536876



  • Boating

    Ten horsepower motors or less are allowed. There are three boat launching ramps north of the main entrance.

  • Fishing

    Wolf Lake contains largemouth bass, northern pike, bluegill, redear sunfish, crappie, bullhead, carp, walleye, hybrid muskie, and yellow perch. About six miles of shoreline is available to bank fisherman.

  • Hunting

    The area is used for waterfowl hunting during the fall of the year. Hunting must be done from authorized blinds, which are allocated at a public drawing during the month of July. Unoccupied blinds are available on a daily basis. Consult the park ranger for information concerning hunting regulations and blind site locations.

  • Picnicking

    The main picnic area is located south of the main entrance and parallels Avenue O. An ample quantity of tables and stoves are provided in shady spots beneath the many willow and cottonwood trees. Four shelters are available by reservation only.

  • Winter Sports

    Ice fishing is permitted when conditions allow the ice to become thick enough. Please contact the park office for the most current information.



William W. Powers State Recreation Area is on Chicago's far southeast side, off highways 94, 90, and 41. The main park entrance is at 12949 South Avenue O.

Phone Numbers


(773) 646-3270