The Two Lakes
Lake Wildwood was created in 1968 by the damming of Shaw Creek Valley, an area of historically untouched timber abounding with wildlife. Fox, raccoon, beaver, coyote, turkey, hawks, pheasant, great blue heron, owls, geese, ducks, migrating osprey, eagle, red & gray squirrels, even a rarely sighted bobcat still roam the property. And the deer... suffice to say, herds from all over the county seem to congregate here to raise their fawns in spring and summer, to shelter their bucks in the fall, to feed and bed down inside wind protected ravines in winter. Songbirds, wildflowers and mushrooms are abundant in all seasons on both wooded and meadow land. The lake itself covers 218 acres, comprising 7.7 miles of shoreline, extending a total length of 1.8 miles. With the Shaw Creek inflow at the southern end, springs and run-off, depth is generally 62 feet at the dam, 42 feet middle, 14-20 feet at the southern third, 3-4 feet in the inlet.
Lake Tanglewood consists of 14 acres with 1.35 miles of shoreline, each arm of which measures approximately 1700 feet. Depth ranges from 3-4 feet at either end to 14 feet near the dam. Only self propelled or electric motor boats are allowed on Tanglewood. A boat ramp on the west leg makes the little lake accessible to all members. Because of its size, Tanglewood freezes intermittently in season, making it a winter sports haven, Skating, cross-country skiing and ice fishing opportunities are frequent, weather permitting. This lake houses the campground, as well as a multitude of wildlife, most notably, flocks of wild turkey, the occasional great blue heron, geese, ducks, beaver, fox and deer. Never was a spot more aptly named than Tanglewood with its jumble of blackberry, gooseberry, rose briars, moss, mushrooms, toadstools, woodpeckers, hummingbirds, butterflies, turtles, frogs, hickory, walnut, oak (living and fallen), day lilies, tiger lilies, bittersweet, violets, bluebells, fiddle heads, jumping fish, swooping hawks, exotic insects, the bats that like to eat them, and every manner of flora and fauna that can be found in our ecological niche of Illinois.