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How do you boat?

Boating comes in many forms, from sleek runabouts and sailboats to the latest trends— kayaking and paddle boarding. Whichever way you enjoy the lake life, you’ll find Lake County Illinois your boating dream come true. Embark and enjoy! is here to be your planning resource.

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Don’t miss the Northern Illinois Boat Show, February 28-March 3

At the Lake County Fairgrounds in Grayslake, Illinois Whether it’s your first boat or an upgrade, you’ll find what you’re looking for here. Check out over 200 new and used boats from 50 of the top boat manufacturers – all on display by top local dealers. It’s a great place to get a deal, with ‘show-only’ specials on bow riders, ski boats, wake board boats, wake surf...Continue reading

Tips for Buying Your First Boat in Lake County

There are a slew of boat shows going on as we lead into the spring. Have you gone out searching for your dream boat? For Lake County residents and visitors, the Northern Illinois Boat Show is rapidly approaching. The show will be held at the Lake County Fair Grounds in Grayslake from February 28 – March 3. You can’t just go in empty handed with a plan of attack. Buying a boat in Lake County...Continue reading

Blarney Island: The Key West of the Midwest

Blarney Island in Lake County’s famous Chain O’Lakes has been voted “the greatest boating bar in the world.” And it’s totally unique–because the only way to reach this hopping “Key West of the Midwest’ is by boat. Watch as operating owner Rob Hardman shares some of what makes Barney Island such as special place. Continue reading

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