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Friday, June 21, 2024

Go fish at Lake Osborne, just steps from the Naperville Public Safety Center


Above / Fishing at Lake Osborne posts a daily catch limit of six bass, but we can’t confirm success for this family on July 3. Find the peaceful setting and parking just west of the Naperville Public Safety Center along Aurora Avenue. (PN Photo)

From the trail along Oswego Road, sunsets seem to take visitors a million miles from Lake Osborne in the heart of Naperville. (PN Photo, July 2, 2023)

The sunset over Lake Osborne oftentimes is a reminder of many devoted women who nurtured this community to help make it a great hometown. The “lake,” a reservoir named as a tribute to Marjorie Osborne, also brings to mind May Theilgaard Watts, Jane Sindt, Barbara Ashley Seilaff, Peg Price, Genevieve Towsley and Rita Fredenhagen Harvard, just a few of many dedicated women and determined risk takers who inspired good developments while making a can-do difference here in Naperville.

An angler said “little bluegills” were biting. (PN Photo, July 3, 2023)

By day, summer wildflowers are in bloom, the walking-and-bike trail provides a peaceful path to nature, and a wide variety of waterfowl swim in Lake Osborne, just south of the Naperville Public Safety Center.

From the trail along Oswego Road, note the Lake Osborne Gazebo, fishing piers, Naperville Water Tower and medical center in the distance. Parking is available from Aurora Avenue, just west of the Naperville Public Safety Center. (PN Photo, July 3, 2023)

Discover another of Naperville’s natural treasures in the heart of town, perfect for midday getaways.   

Decked out for the long Independence Day weekend with fishing poles in hand, three youngsters experienced patience at Lake Osborne. (PN Photo, July 3, 2023)

The reservoir offers a spacious place for bass fishing from the shoreline, biking and walking on paved trails around the lake and picnicking by the gazebo. Some seasonal precautions are advised.

Lake Osborne is named to honor Marjorie Osborne

Named to honor civic leader Marjorie Osborne, an advocate of water resource management, the park is located just west of the Public Safety Center along Aurora Ave.

(PN File Photo)

When digging into the history of Osborne’s local leadership, interested residents will learn that in June 1972, a referendum caused the dissolution of Elementary District 78 and High School District 107 and the formation of a 32-square-mile Community Unit School District 203 that exists today. Osborne ended up being elected on Aug. 12, 1972, to serve the new district with Daniel Butler, Mary Lou Cowlishaw, John Dahlberg, Dean Davis, Wilma Reschke and Andrew Wehrli.

In the mid to late 1980s, Osborne, a former member of the Naperville Plan Commission, also served as president of the local preservation society.


“Be patient and calm – for no one can catch fish in anger.”
—Herbert Hoover (1874-1964) 31st U.S. President 

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