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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.

Chicago Boat, RV & Strictly Sale Show

January 14-18, 2016 | McCormick Place – South

Heading to the Chicago Boat Show? Buy your tickets and find more info at And if you're thinking about a new boat, the Boat Show is a great place to compare models, talk to experts and take advantage of special deals. Be sure to download our Boat Buyer's Worksheet to help you collect all of the information you'll need to find the boat of your dreams. 

Visit Lake County's own Anthony Haag interviewed Betsey Arvai, Marketing Manager from Skipper Buds. She shared some keen insights about what to look for when buying a new boat. Check it out below.

Ice Fishing in Lake County

The snow is on the ground, the weather is below freezing and there’s ice over the lakes of Lake County. So how in the heck do you get through these non-boating seasons in Lake County? It’s about that time to grab your tackle, rod and tons of bait for some ice fishing. There are a collection of ice derbies starting this weekend in Lake County. However, before you start heading to your shanties and get the heat up the pans to prepare for a succulent northern, bass, crappie, bluegill or perch, the Northern Illinois Boat Show & Sale at the Lake County Fairgrounds is rapidly approaching. The event will take place March 3-6. As for fishing derbies, here’s what Lake County has for you anglers. You’ll have a reel good experience. LVVA 7th Annual Fishing Derby January 30; 7 a.m. in Wauconda Win...Continue reading

Upcoming Events

02/13/16 - 02/14/16

56th Annual Chain O' Lakes Fishing Derby and Winter Festival

02/12/16 - 02/21/16

2016 Spring Fishing Classic

03/03/16 - 03/06/16

Northern Illinois Boat Show & Sale


Lake Forest's Smelt-O-Rama


4th Annual Family Fishing Event

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