Find us at the Northern Illinois Boat Show, February 26 – March 1 and you could win a GoPro!


We’re looking forward to seeing you at the Northern Illinois Boat Show and Sale 2015, from February 26 – March 1 at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Grayslake.

This year when you visit the show, you’ll have a chance to win an amazing GoPro® HERO4 Silver video camera—courtesy of your friends at—when you have your picture taken with one of our fun Photo Cut-Outs, located throughout the show. Learn More

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.

Upcoming Events

01/31/15 in Wauconda

The LVVA 6th Annual Fishing Derby

Lake View Villa Park - Come out for the 6th Annual Ice Fishing Derby. Fishing begins at 7am, with registration beginning at 5am. Entry forms can be downloaded from the rules page to help speed up the process. Prizes will be awarded for the biggest northern, bass, crappie, bluegill, and perch. There also will be side raffles for additional prizes. Bait will be available at the check-in tent from Smitty's Bait & Tackle. A Special Fly-Over from the North American T-6 Texan during the National Anthem. If there is bad ice the make-up date will be February 15th. - Saturday: 7am More Info

02/14/15 through 02/15/15 in Antioch

55th Annual Chain O' Lakes Fishing Derby and Winter Festival

Thirsty Beach next to the Thirsty Turtle on Channel Lake - Bring the family and friends to enjoy the good old-fashioned winter fun. There will be raffles and games for the children and adults both days. Weather permitting. This year fish judging and food will be inside the tent. Come watch the fishermen register their catch of the hour hoping to win a prize for the smallest or the largest fish. When you get hungry there's plenty of good food at the Conservation Café. Don't forget the children's auction held on Sunday at 3:00pm. The adult auction is next followed by the main raffle. There will also be Ice Shanty Contest. - Saturday: 8am-4pm, Sunday: 7am-2pm More Info

02/15/15 in Lake Zurich

Family Ice Fishing Derby at Paulus Park

Paulus Park Fishing Pier - Bring a ice fishing rod and try to be lucky at the Family Ice Fishing Derby! Lake Zurich is stocked with bluegill, large-mouth bass, northern pike, white crappie, yellow bullhead and yellow perch. Holes will be pre-drilled for participants. Trophies will be awarded. This is a catch and release event for all ages. There will be free hot cocoa whilesupplies last. Registration begins at 12:30pm. - Sunday: 1pm-2:30pm More Info

02/26/15 through 03/01/15 in Grayslake

Northern Illinois Boat Show

Lake County Fairgrounds - Come see the latest pontoons, family runabouts, ski boats, jet boats, fishing boats and products by: Lund boats, Yamaha outboards, Bayliner boats, Alumacraft boats, Mercury outboards, Sea Ray boats and many more brands of boats, parts, trailers and boating accessories, docks and more! - Thursday-Friday: 12pm-8pm, Saturdday: 10am-8pm, Sunday: 10am-5pm More Info

04/25/15 in Lake Forest

Lake Forest's Smelt-O-Rama

The Boating Pavillion at Forest Park Beach - Seasoned anglers will be on hand to demonstrate demonstrate two methods of smelting: done-gill line and dip netting. Learn how to catch, clean and cook these tasty little critters! A limited numberof nets will be provided by the RecreationDepartment so that everyone will have achance to get into the action. Event begins at sundown and goes until 10pm. Don't miss out on the free family event. - Saturday: Sundown - 10pm More Info

05/17/15 in Libertyville

58th Annual Des Plaines River Canoe and Kayak Marathon

Oak Springs Road Canoe Launch - This is the second oldest continual canoe race in the United States. The race is 18½ miles on the beautiful and historic Des Plaines River. There are numerous classes to accommodate people of all ages and levels, with a new 5.25 mile Minithon, starts at the Potawatomie Woods in Wheeling, option possible for non-competitors seeking a shorter course that ends at the customary Finish Line. Note that while, as in the past, Marathon paddlers may still take out at the halfway point at Rivershire Park in Lincolnshire, you must now arrange your own car shuttle to or from this site! Everyone is welcome to participate. Registration ends May 9th. Visit the website for complete information. - Sunday: 8am More Info

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