Your premier boating destination is right here. 

Welcome to the premier website dedicated to outdoor fun on the beautiful lakes and waterways of Lake County, Illinois.

Fishing, waterskiing, canoeing, sailing, paddle-boarding or kayaking—Lake County has it all—on 75 sparkling lakes and mile after mile of magnificent Lake Michigan shoreline.

Bring your own boat. Take out a rental. Or go for a charter cruise. There are so many ways to enjoy the beauty and fun of Lake County boating.

Personal Guide to Paddle Boarding

Looking at finally get that oar in the water? Then look no further, we have all the information you need to get out there to start paddle boarding! Lake County provides a handful of beaches and marinas where rentals are available. Between the Lake County Forest Preserves, Independence Grove Forest Preserve, and Fish Lake Beach, you will have all of the paddling room you could ask for. Continue reading to get a better idea on whether personal water crafts are permitted, rentals are available, or if there are any fees to launch at each of these locations.    Lake County Forest Preserves “Bring your own cartop boat, canoe, kayak, stand up paddleboard or other small, non-motorized watercraft and launch it on one of three three inland lakes” – Sterling Lake, Long Lake, & Hastings Lake Launching is free and to be done at your own risk. You...Continue reading

Upcoming Events


Cardboard Regatta


Venetian Night & Street Dance

07/31/15 - 08/02/15

Harbor Days Festival & Boat Show


Flatwater Kayak Rescue Skills

05/28/15 - 08/13/15

Thunder on the Chain Drag Boat Races

08/14/15 - 08/16/15

80's Weekend at Blarney's Island


The 18th Annual Cardboard Cup Regatta

08/21/15 - 08/23/15

Blarney Gras Round 2 Fantesy Fest Weekend

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