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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.

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 by exploring our listings of lake properties for sale. 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 lake 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.

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Tips for Enjoying the Spring Migration in Your Lake Carroll Home

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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 had a whole inventory of lots and lake houses for sale.

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

Sarah Heckman


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.

Don’t forget that when you consider investing in a lakefront property for sale at Lake Carroll, you will also gain access to the endless amenities that make these listings much more than just a new house.

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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. When you are ready to put your lake property up for sale, we’re trained and ready to help you every step of the way.

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