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MAPLE LAKE GHOST LIGHT
NEAR WILLOW SPRINGS, ILLINOIS

The ghost light at Maple Lake has been spotted at various points along the shore by dozens of people.
 Its source remains a mystery.

MAPLE LAKE


Near Willow Springs, Illinois is a place on the edge of the forest preserve called
Maple Lake. It is a pleasant unassuming place but it is also the location of one of the
Chicago area's most enigmatic "ghost lights".


This mysterious ball of red-yellow light appears over the manmade lake and then
travels into the woods on the opposite side. It has been observed dozens of times but
only lasts for about a minute at a time. Investigators have been unable to come up
with an explanation for the light and the ideas claimed by debunkers of people
running through the woods with flares is generally considered to be ridiculous.
Like many ghost lights, the legends surrounding the light point toward an accident
that occurred many years ago and left a man decapitated. The light is reputed to be
the glow of his lantern as he searches for his missing head.


Willow Springs is a suburb south of Chicago that can be reached by Archer Avenue off
of I-294. The lake is located between Archer Avenue and 104th Avenue in the preserve
bordered by the Chicago Ship Canal and the Calumet Sag Channel.

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