Thirty miles from downtown Chicago, Schaumburg is often considered merely a suburb of the Windy City and home of an IKEA store. Schaumburg boasts more than an urban landscape, however. The city has three lakes and acres of conservation space, where residents can get away from the hustle and bustle of city life and spend time on a lake fishing, canoeing or viewing wildlife.
Rent a paddleboat or canoe to explore Volkening Lake, located along Schaumburg Road. The lake is a popular spot for fishing and family picnics. Nearby facilities are large enough to accommodate parties of up to 75 people. The beautiful scenery makes Volkening Lake a popular spot for wedding photos or lazy weekend strolls along the walking paths.
Nature thrives at Busse Lake, located in the Ned Brown Forest Preserve between Schaumburg and Elk Grove Village in Illinois. Busse Lake is actually three separate bodies of water, called the north pool, south pool and main pool. The main pool is the largest at 419 acres. Sailboats, kayaks, canoes and rowboats are permitted, but no gasoline engines. Bird watchers can expect to see egrets, herons, seagulls and terms. Fishermen catch bass, bluegill, sunfish, walleye and northern pike. For those who enjoy the surrounding scenery, there are 11 miles of bike trails around Busse Lake.
Gray Farm Park
North of Schaumburg Road, tucked between Cloverdale and Walnut Lanes, is Gray Farm Park and Conservation Area. A fishing lake is located at the south end of the 47-acre park. A picnic area, playground and bike trails are located near the lake. Thirty five acres of the park is marshland, which are migrating grounds to dozens of bird species in the spring and fall seasons. A bird watching area is located behind the Blackwell School on Walnut Lane.
Schaumburg Park District has more than 1,100 acres of park land. Several of them contain wetlands or ponds. The Ruth Macintyre Conservation Area has a 5-acre pond with platforms to observe wildlife. Park St. Claire Conservation Area has 30 acres of wetlands. A little further east is Russ Parker Park, with more wetlands, a playground and picnic facilities.
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