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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.

Something worth screaming about

Congratulations to our Docklines eNewsletter contest winner. Laurie Brennan of New Lenox was the winner of a brand new O’Brien Super Screamer tube. Laurie, her husband Dennis and their son Charlie are sure to enjoy it. They recently acquired a speedboat and judging by the picture, they’ll have plenty of friends to join in the fun. Even “Bobby” the family dog has taken to the tube.

We hope to see you soon in Lake County on one of our 75 beautiful lakes. Enjoy, have fun and be safe.

The Prohibition Era on the Fox Chain O’ Lakes

As many know, alcohol was outlawed by the Prohibition law (as well as anti-gaming) from 1919-1933. What many don’t know is that the Chain O’ Lakes was also defiant on those laws as well. Federal and state attorney agents had to obtain permission from Lake County State’s Attorneys before they could get rid of check businesses in the local communities for illegal gambling and alcohol violations. The Fox Chain O’ Lakes resort and hotel owners received a heads up whenever law enforcement was in the area because of the private telephone services they had to receive tips. That said these hotels and resorts would always be ready for audits by law enforcement officials. Chicago businessmen and politicians throughout the prohibition years endorsed these actions by the owners because they lived in these hotels and resorts over the summers. In Pistakee Bay, Republican state senators,...Continue reading

Upcoming Events

05/28/15 - 09/03/15

Thunder on the Chain Drag Boat Races


14th Annual Labor Day Cardboard Boat Races

09/04/15 - 09/07/15

Labor Day Weekend Concert Event


Night Voyageur Paddle


Historical Tour on Round Lake

10/03/15 - 10/04/15

Drink Us Dry Closing Weekend

05/01/15 - 10/15/15

Fish Lake Beach Open for Daily Picnicking and Swimming


The LVVA 7th Annual Fishing Derby

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