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LITH Trustee Wants Three Oaks Perks

Lake in the Hills Trustee Bob Huckins is suggesting residents be allowed to use Three Oaks for free in exchange for Crystal Lake residents getting to use Woods Creek Lake at a reduced price.

Lake in the Hills Trustee Bob Huckins is doing the spadework for a new era of cooperation between the village and the .

Huckins is asking the Crystal Lake City Council if Lake in the Hills residents could be admitted free to Three Oaks Recreation Area, an old 500-acre gravel pit. Crystal Lake residents get free admission to the area.

Under his proposal, Lake in the Hills residents also would be able to rent boats, kayaks and other watercraft at reduced rates. 

It return, Crystal Lake residents would have access to the 56-acre Woods Creek Lake for $2. The nonresident fee is $5.

“I’d sure like to go fishing there,” Huckins said of the prospect of fishing at Three Oaks for free.

Crystal Lake City Councilman Jeff Thorsen and City Manager Gary Mayerhofer had no comment. Mayerhofer added he was waiting to see the proposal in writing.

Three Oaks Recreation Area is the result of decades of gravel mining on the property south of Northwest Highway. Mining operations exposed an aquifer, creating a vast lake. .

The lake at Three Oaks is stocked with bluegill, bass, muskellunge, northern pike and walleye.

Woods Creek Lake is a 56-acre lake created by a dam on Crystal Creek. It also is stocked with game fish. Paddleboats and kayaks are available for rent.

Heather A September 09, 2011 at 05:52 PM
this is a joke - right? just because we're neighbors doesn't mean we have to share. And thanks for the great "discount" on using your lake.
KCisko September 10, 2011 at 02:46 PM
OK People, wake up....It is not "Free" to us CL residents - WE PAY TAXES which pay for the use of the rec area. LITH residents do NOT pay CL taxes so why in the hell should us CL residents pay for LITH residents to use our recreational area?? I certainly hope that CL politicians will not force their constituants to pay the taxes to afford other city residents the benefits.
KCisko September 10, 2011 at 02:48 PM
....another question....why would CL residents want to go to Woods Creek Lake when we have our own rec area?? I have never even heard of WCL.
Tim Kane September 11, 2011 at 02:29 PM
Woods Creek Lake is a nice place to go ice fishing.
Indigo September 13, 2011 at 08:21 PM
We live in Cary and I'm just grateful that we are allowed to use the nearby facility for a fee! Why on earth would CL residents agree to a "deal" like this? That's absurd. If he wants to fish there for free, move to CL, otherwise pay up like the rest of us. It's a lovely place and well worth the very reasonable non-resident rates. And while I'm on my soapbox.... C'mon Village of Cary, can we please step up and get something even close to this nice? jeez, just a dog park would be fantastic! I love my neighborhood, but I'm sure tired of having to go to other towns for recreational activities.

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