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Lake Carroll Amenities

There’s only one time to have loads of family fun in Lake Carroll, IL--Anytime! Our community is a four season recreational paradise, with activities ranging from water skiing to snow skiing.

Below you’ll find just a handful of these recreational gems. You can also schedule a tour and see it all in person.


If it’s done on water--boating, water skiing, jet skiing, tubing, swimming or fishing--it can be done here on our vast private lake.

Golf Course

A gorgeous facility with all the perks: Pro shop, lessons, driving range, a clubhouse with dining ranging from casual to upscale, and no greens or membership fees for property owners.

ATV Trails

Get your motor running and roar through 15 miles of beautiful rolling hills, creeks and woodlands. In winter, bring the snowmobiles.

Recreation Area

In warm weather? An outdoor pool, camping and tennis. Winter? Ski slopes, snowboarding and tube towing. All year round? An indoor pool.

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Discover Lake Carroll

You’re up early, to catch the first morning light and enjoy the quiet. Coffee mug in hand, you gaze out onto the lake. The sun is up over Marina Bay, and the water shimmers. You take in a gorgeous view of bays and wooded slopes. Down on the water, a boat with a family aboard motors out to a favorite fishing spot, and in another bay, an angler is already patiently waiting for the first bite of the day. You might join them, or take the kids tubing or jet skiing. Or today might not be a lake day. It might be a golf day, an ATV riding day or a day to just sit by the pool or on the beach and relax. You smile. When you came to Lake Carroll, you didn’t just get away from it all, you came to something: Northwest Illinois’ best kept secret. And the hardest part of your day is going to be deciding what kind of fun you want to have…

636 acres of private lake. 22 miles of shoreline. 2 marinas. 25 species of fish. 18 holes on the golf course. A 15 mile trail system. 2 pools. 4 season fun just 2 hours west of Chicago. That’s Lake Carroll, IL by the numbers--but numbers can’t completely capture the spectacular views, peaceful relaxation and abundant fun.

Our true four-season private recreational community surrounds the largest privately-held lake in the state. It was designed from the ground up to showcase the astonishing beauty of the region, while offering recreational amenities for any age.

Hoping to dock your vessel right off your front door and maybe do a cannonball or two from your own dock?

Prefer a hilltop home with a panoramic lake view?Ready to look out your window onto the back nine and play for free over rolling hills and scenic valleys?

Longing for a home to escape to that comes with a country view or a woodland backdrop? Or a house where you can keep your horse?

You can find all of these dream homes here. And to enjoy the lake and recreational facilities, you don’t necessarily need to buy or build a home. All Lake Carroll lots come with full access to community amenities.

Ready to jump in? Take a look at the properties for sale (including listings exclusive to Fawnridge), get a preview of our full suite of recreational facilities or schedule a tour of Lake Carroll and come discover Northwest Illinois’ best kept secret for yourself.

Recent Blogs

HGTV House Hunters Featuring Lake Carroll – Airs Feb. 26th

Last year I was contacted by HGTV House Hunters regarding filming an episode at Lake Carroll. After working through several interviews and clients it happened!!!! One of my clients got selected for an episode an...

Winterfest 2018

Saturday, January 13th marked the return of Winterfest to Lake Carroll’s Plumtree Winter Recreation Complex. Almost 500 skiers and tubers hit the slopes for Winterfest weekend which offers members a unique opp...

Let it Snow! Winter Recreation Is Heating Up At Lake Carroll

Such excitement! If you love skiing, you’ll love what’s in store for you here in Lake Carroll in just a few days. And even if you don’t ski, we have some great ways to make merry during the coming months. ...

Winter Fun is Gearing up at Lake Carroll!!

It’s winter time here at Lake Carroll and we think you’ll want to stay until the cows come home! Well, actually….while not our natural fauna here at Lake Carroll, some homeowners were recently surprised by...

History of Lake Carroll

In the beginning, there was a dream. And champagne. And a boat on a pole. And of course, custom printed coloring books for the kids.

Before it was a body of water, Lake Carroll was a collection of forest tracts and farmland. Then the owners of Russwood of Illinois, a division of a North Carolina company founded to create four-season recreational communities across the country, saw a different potential. In 1971, they announced plans to build a private community around a manmade lake, complete with a ski slope, golf course and a host of other recreational facilities. By the next February, they were selling lots.

This video will give you a good feel for the vision of the project.

But how did they get people to come to the new community, and what was the boat on a pole for? To find out, read on!

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Our Lake Carroll Team

All of our brokers are not only real estate experts, they are also local property owners.

Wayne Wilhelm

Gary Shellhause

Cyndy Griffin

Barbara Hill


One thing we’ve found over the years is that if you like Lake Carroll, there’s a property here that you will fall in love with. We’re here to help you find that property by listening to your desires, lifestyle and unique needs. Then, together, we’ll find the dream property you deserve.

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We’re passionate about this wonderful community, and that’s why we’re the perfect sellers’ agents. That passion lets us understand the importance of the memories you built here and the varied reasons for selling. But that also means we can help someone love your property as much as you do. We’re trained and ready to help you every step of the way.

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