Fox Lake station

Fox Lake is a station on Metra's Milwaukee District/North Line in Fox Lake, Illinois. The station is located on Nippersink Boulevard at Grand Avenue (IL 132), is 49.7 miles (80.0 km) away from Union Station, the southern terminus of the line,[1] and serves commuters from Fox Lake to Downtown Chicago. The station is the northern terminus of the Milwaukee District/North Line. Until 1982 commuter trains continued to Walworth, Wisconsin and until the creation of Amtrak in 1971, inter-city trains like the Varsity and the Sioux, both operated by the Milwaukee Road, connected Fox Lake with Janesville, Madison, and Rapid City.

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Fox Lake
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LocationNippersink Boulevard at Grand Avenue
Fox Lake, Illinois
Coordinates42°23′54″N 88°10′56″W / 42.3984°N 88.1823°W / 42.3984; -88.1823Coordinates: 42°23′54″N 88°10′56″W / 42.3984°N 88.1823°W / 42.3984; -88.1823
Owned byVillage of Fox Lake
Platforms1 side platform
ConnectionsLocal Transit Pace Buses
Bicycle facilitiesYes (Open sheltered bicycle rack)
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Fare zoneJ
Preceding station Metramlogo.svg Metra Following station
Terminus Milwaukee District / North Ingleside
Former services
Preceding station Milwaukee Road Following station
Spring Grove
towards Madison
Madison – Rondout Ingleside
towards Rondout
Spring Grove
towards Walworth
Suburban Service Ingleside
towards Chicago

Station layoutEdit

Fox Lake consists of a single platform serving in-service Metra trains. Two other tracks exist at the station, but they're only used for locomotives that pull out of the yard to switch onto the mainline. A coach yard used to store trains during off-peak hours and overnight is located just east of the station. The tracks north of Fox Lake are owned by the state of Wisconsin and freight service is operated by the Wisconsin and Southern Railroad. The tracks north of Fox Lake see freight traffic only. From 2000 to 2001, Amtrak ran the Lake Country Limited over the WSOR trackage. This service did not stop in Fox Lake and was discontinued due to low ridership and bad conditions of the tracks north of Fox Lake.

Bus connectionsEdit


  • 570 Fox Lake-CLC
  • 806 Crystal Lake-Fox Lake


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