kayak_with_diva water_skiing_alex_hApple Canyon Lake is a private lake, reserved for property owners and their guests.

The number one amenity at Apple Canyon Lake is the lake itself. Whether floating on a raft, paddling a kayak or canoe, water skiing, tubing, fishing, or just taking a scenic boat ride to enjoy the surrounding flora and fauna, the there is something to do on the water for everyone.

From time to time, due to weather-related circumstances, management may place No Wake or Lake Closed restrictions on the lake. In this case the RED/YELLOW FLAG system is used.




We are a private lake, but yes, you do need a fishing license. Everyone must have a fishing license to fish in Illinois, unless they meet one of the following requirements:

  • under 16 years of age
  • an Illinois resident who is disabled or blind
  • Illinois resident on leave from active duty in the Armed Forces

If you take your children or grandchildren fishing, you must have a fishing license if you help cast, set hooks, reel in fish, etc. Fishing licenses can be purchased online or at an IDNR terminal such as our own Marina. An annual Resident Fishing License is only $15. There are several options for non-residents, including daily and weekend licenses. Resident seniors aged 65 and older receive a reduced rate on fishing licenses. Licenses expire on March 31 of each year, new licenses can be purchased starting around the third week of January. For more information, please visit http://www.ifishillinois.org/FAQS/ 

ACL Fish Habitat Structure Map

Support Catch and Release. Please note changes to 2018 creel limits. See ACL Fishing Regulations & Creel Limits. 


Illinois Watercraft Registrations expire June 30Illinois State Watercraft Registrations expire every three years on June 30. If your Watercraft Registration expires this year, renew online and print the renewal confirmation page. ACL will accept this renewal confirmation page as evidence of registration until the new registration card and decals arrive in the mail. We cannot accept a telephone confirmation number as evidence of renewal.

To register a motorized watercraft, current state registration and current proof of insurance listing the watercraft and $500,000 in liability coverage must be supplied to the Office. Only watercraft owned by property owners can be registered, no guest boats are allowed. Any watercraft listed as 19’ or greater on the state registration must be measured at the Association Office before a decal is given. To register a non-motorized watercraft, information on the watercraft (make, model, serial number, year, color, and length) must be provided along with proof of insurance showing $500,000 in liability coverage (yes, even for canoes and kayaks!). All watercraft must be registered & stickered before entering the water.

Paperwork can be emailed to customerservice@applecanyonlake.org or faxed to (815) 492-2160.

Attention boaters: Apple Canyon Lake operates under the Two Flag Rule.
All coves and bays are considered No Wake zones. See No Wake zone map

ACL Pontoon Boat Rental Program


Illinois Department of Natural Resources Boating Information

IDNR Sunrise/Sunset Tables

Do you need Illinois Boating education? No person under 10 years of age may operate a motorboat. Age 10 years and less than 12 years of age may only operate under a parent or guardian’s direct control.
Who Must Take The Course? As of January 1, 2016 no person born on or after January 1, 1998, unless exempted by subsection (i), shall operate a motorboat with over 10 horse power unless that person has a valid Boating Safety Certificate issued by the Department of Natural Resources or an entity or organization recognized and approved by the Department.

Read more on IDNR Boating Safety requirements and education