Our Name – Magician Lake

There are two theories regarding the origin of Magician Lake’s name:

  1. Magician Lake was originally known as Silver Lake for its silver appearance, as the bottom of the lake is rich in the silver-colored marlstone. Quite some time ago, the area allegedly became popular with gentleman from the Chicago area who were magicians, for which the lake became known as “The Magician’s Lake.” Eventually, the name evolved simply to Magician Lake, as it is known today.

  2. According to this legend, the indigenous tribes in the area supposedly revered the lake for its ability to maintain a steady water level, no matter the severity of drought conditions. For this reason, they called the lake “Magic Lake,” which would later develop into Magician Lake.