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Trout Valley is a quaint village of just over 500 people in McHenry, Illinois that was officially incorporated in 1996. It is located about an hour’s drive Northwest of Chicago, near Crystal Lake.


Living in Trout Valley

Trout Valley is a beautiful stretch of land along the Fox River that is mysteriously described as “both a place and a lifestyle” according to its residents. Trout Valley is located in the former estate of John D. Hertz (of Hertz Car Rentals), and was only recently incorporated as a village in 1996. The area was known for raising and breeding horses and after John Hertz sold the land it became a significant farming operation for many years. When the area was finally incorporated as a village, it got its unique name due to one of the purchasers of the farm, who loved fly fishing.

What to See

Many areas of the region’s past are still preserved, such as the Trout Valley Pool, which was built by John Hertz in 1923 and remains a community favorite. Trout Valley also contains a home known locally as “Reigh Count’s House”- named after the 1928 Kentucky Derby winner Reigh Count, who was owned by John Hertz and had a special stable built in his honor. This is now a residence, and similar landmarks and remembrances of the area’s past dot the village.


Congressional Representation

Trout Valley is contained entirely within Illinois’ 6th congressional district.

In 2018, Sean Casten is running against the incumbent Peter Roskam, who has held the 6th district congressional seat since 2007.

Sean is committed to serving Trout Valley and the rest of the 6th district by focusing on facts and working to strengthen the community’s schools and economy.

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