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.
POSTED RED FLAGS = LAKE CLOSED
POSTED YELLOW FLAGS = NO WAKE
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/
Support Catch and Release. Please note changes to 2018 creel limits. See ACL Fishing Regulations & Creel Limits.
Illinois Watercraft Registrations expire June 30 – Illinois 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.
STATE OF ILLINOIS BOATING INFORMATION
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.