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Boating comes in many forms, from sleek runabouts and sailboats to the latest trends— kayaking and paddle boarding. Whichever way you enjoy the lake life, you’ll find Lake County Illinois your boating dream come true. Embark and enjoy! is here to be your planning resource.

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The Chain O’Lakes continues to be closed to boat traffic. Fox Waterway personnel will only enter the waterway for a life-saving mission.

The Fox Waterway Agency states that as of Sunday, July 16:

  • Inflows to the Chain of Lakes have crested and are falling, with a greater reduction than anticipated.
  • Fox Lake stage is at 8 feet and appears to be cresting.
  • The dam in Burlington has not breached. Burlington, WI is experiencing record flooding on the Fox River.


  • The National Weather Service is forecasting up to 1” of rain over the Fox River watershed next 5 days.
  • This flow is higher than have seen on the Chain, so lake and river stage estimates are interpolated from known information. There is some uncertainty because there is no historic record to compare.
  • The Chain ‘O Lakes may crest from 8.0 – 8.1 ft July 16.  Another inch of increase in water levels may occur. Normal summer pool levels: 3.8 – 4.25 feet.
  • UPPER RIVER, will crest over 5.9 – 6.3 ft on July 16 The current stage is 5.4 ft.  Another 7-11 inches may occur.  Normal summer pool levels: 3.8 – 4.25 feet.
  • LOWER RIVER, may crest over 7.3 – 7.7 ft on July 16. The current stage is 7.2 ft.  Another 1-5 inches may occur.  Normal summer pool levels: 1.6 – 2 feet

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