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Preaching Boating Safety

Jim Kelsey of Gordy's Boats in Fox Lakes talks to Visit Lake County Marketing Manager, Anthony, about the basic needs for a safe day on the water.

Upcoming Events

06/05/14 through 08/28/14 in Antioch

Thursday Night Drag Boat Races

Blarney Island - "Thunder on the Chain" is Blarney Island's very own drag boat racing. Beginning in 1978 with just a few patrons who were looking to test out their souped-up motors, the boat races have grown into a weekly event during the summer attracting over 5,000 people weekly and featuring professional race boats & drivers from all around the Midwest. The boat races run Thursday nights for 13 consecutive weeks. www.blarneyisland.com - Thursday: 6pm More Info


08/30/14 in Wauconda

13th Annual Labor Day Cardboard Boat Races

Lindy's on Bangs Lake - Sign up the team today for the 13th Annual Cardboard Boat Race. Register in one of 3 groups, children, adults and businesses before August 23 for $30 per boat. All boats must be made offsite and brought to the race. Please visit the website to register and for complete instructions. - Saturday: 12pm More Info


08/30/14 through 08/31/14 in Gurnee

Hometown Festival at Bass Pro Shop

Bass Pro Outdoor World - Bring the family out for 2 days of fun and free activities at Bass Pro Shop. Activities will include casting buckets, face painting, color a duck craft, metal detector treasure hunt, food samples, homemade ice cream, and much more. Please visit the website for times and more information. - Saturday-Sunday; 12pm-5pm More Info


08/29/14 through 09/01/14 in Antioch

Labor Day Weekend Concert Event

Blarney Island - Labor Day Weekend is one of the Best weekends at Blarney Island. We have tons of bands/live entertainment and drink specials on this long weekend. Don't forget to kick off the weekend right with our Famous Friday night Fish Fry at the Port. Please visit the website for a list of live entertainment. - Friday & Saturday 11am-2am, Sunday 11am-10pm More Info


05/01/14 through 10/15/14 in Volo

Fish Lake Beach Open for Daily Picnicking and Swimming

Fish Lake Beach Campground - Come out and enjoy of swimming, picnicking and fishing. Fish Lake Beach features two fishing piers, a playground, beach volleyball, mini golf ($2), an arcade, swimming beach and much more. Stay for the day or stay for longer in the campground. Low season is before Memorial Day and after Labor Day office and fishing hours may vary. Memorial Day through Labor day hours 7am-7pm. Select weekdays are family days with special admission prices. - Daily: 7am-7pm, Beach 10am-6pm More Info


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


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