Apple 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, 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.



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

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 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


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

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 

Want to find the best fishing spots? View the ACL Fish Habitat Structure Map

Please note changes to 2021 creel limits.
View printable: ACL Fishing Regulations & Creel Limits.

Help us with determining future creel limits by filling out a quick creel census after you fish.
Download the Creel Census Form.


ACLPOA Sub-License Boat Slip Program

Sub-Licensor: Property Owner offering their assigned boat slip to the ACLPOA Sub-License Boat Slip Program.
Sub-Licensee: Property Owner sub-licensing from assigned owner.

All Sub-license transactions must be executed through the ACLPOA Sub-License Boat Slip Program administered by the ACLPOA Association Office. Boat slip sub-licensing not transacted through the ACLPOA Sub-License Boat Slip Program will be considered unauthorized.

Slip Swap to be held March 27 at 1 pm in the Clubhouse
Letters have been mailed to everyone on the Boat Slip to Trade Waiting List. Available slips will be posted on the website and in the Association Office lobby one week prior to the event. Owners are encouraged to inspect slips prior to the event, as all trades made at the Slip Swap are final and cannot be rescinded. To view the current Boat Slip to Trade Waiting List or to download an application, please see the links below.

Slip Assignment Day to be held April 10 at 10 am in the Clubhouse
Letters have been mailed to everyone on the No Boat Slip Waiting List. Available slips will be posted on the website and in the Association Office lobby after the Slip Swap held MArch 27. To view the current No Boat Slip Waiting List or to download an application, please see the links below.

Download Boat Slip License
Download Sub-License Boat Slip Program and Agreement
Download Boat Slip to Trade Waiting List Application
Download No Boat Slip Waiting List Application

Boat Slip Waiting Lists 

Boat Slip to Trade Waiting List
No Boat Slip Waiting List


Pontoon Boat Rentals are available to Property Owners and their Guests

The Association has three pontoon boats available for rent on a daily or half-day basis. All reservations must be made by a property owner or authorized guest. Property Owners must contact the Association Office to give their permission for a guest to make a reservation. Property Owners are reminded that they are responsible for the activities of their guests, and any violation of the rules by a guest or the cost of damages in excess of the security deposit will be charged against the Property Owner. All boats will be checked in and out of the Marina. An Amenity Tag must be presented to the Marina staff by the lessee. Each boat has a capacity of ten (10) persons. Ten (10) adult-size life jackets are provided. Lessees must provide their own life jackets for children and infants. Anyone who leaves the boat to access Nixon Beach, the Marina Bay Trail, etc. must have an Amenity Tag.

Effective January 1, 2016, the Illinois Boat Registration & Safety Act has been amended and now requires that any person operating a rental boat submit a valid Boating Safety Certificate or complete an abbreviated safety course prior to operating the watercraft. A copy of a valid Boating Safety Certificate must be provided to the Association Office by the rental boat operator at least 24 hours in advance of the rental, or completion of the abbreviated safety course at the Marina will be required. Rental boat operators taking the safety course must arrive at the Marina at least 30 minutes prior to the rental. Rentals will not be extended if the rental boat operator fails to complete the course prior to rental start time. Anyone taking the abbreviated safety instruction course must provide the Association with a copy of their driver’s license and complete course paperwork, per the IDNR Watercraft Rental Safety Policy. Upon completion of the abbreviated course, a completion receipt valid for one year will be issued.

Reservations for rental boats will be accepted during normal Association Office hours in person or by calling 815-492-2238. Reservations should be made at least 24 hours in advance of the rental. Same-day reservations can be made at the Marina. When the reservation is made, payment for the rental must be made in full. A credit card used for the Security Deposit will be taken as a guarantee at the time the reservation is made. An authorization of the Security Deposit amount will be placed on the card the week of the rental. If a reservation is being made for the same week, the authorization will be placed at the time the reservation is made. The authorization will be released if the boat is returned in same condition. A $50 fee will be retained from the security deposit if the boat is returned after hours, the renter fails to have the boat inspected, or the renter fails to refuel the boat. The Association will make every attempt to process releases within 72 hours of the rental completion. Please be advised that the credit card company may not process the release immediately.

Monday through Thursday       PO Rate     Guest Rate
Half Day (8-Noon or 1-5)               $100            $175
Full Day (8-5)                               $175            $250

Weekends and Holidays            PO & Guest Rate
Half Day (8-Noon or 1-5)                      $230
Full Day (8-5)                                      $325

Security Deposit $300

Cancellation policy: In the event of severe weather on the day of the rental, the rental amount will be returned to the credit card on which it was paid. If a rental is cancelled for any other reason with less than 24 hours’ notice, including no shows, the rental fee will not be refunded. Any rentals cancelled with at least 24 hours’ notice will be refunded the rental amount in the form of an ACL Gift Card which can be used at the Association Office, Pro Shop, Pro Shop Bar & Grill, and the Marina. ACL Gift Cards cannot be used at The Cove Restaurant.  


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


BOATER SAFETY – Saftey Is No Accident!


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