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How do you boat?

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! BoatingLakeCounty.com is here to be your planning resource.

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Fishing in Lake County: Channel Catfish

It tastes with its body, has cat-like whiskers, and the biggest ones can weigh as much as a seven-year-old boy. It’s the channel catfish. It may be news for some, but channel catfish are delicious. Once you get the thick skin off, you’ll find that the meat is white, crisp and juicy. Breaded and deep-fried, broiled or pan-fried, you’re in for a great meal. Channel catfish are primarily bottom...Continue reading


Fuel for thought: Safe fueling tips

Unlike cars, fueling a boat safely requires more than just ‘filling it up.’ Here are some tips every boater should know. FIRST Get all passengers off the boat. Extinguish any flames (like in onboard grills). Close hatches and ports. START FUELING Attach a “fuel catcher” to the fuel vent. Use an absorbent pad, bib, or fuel collar at the fuel fitting. Calculate the fuel you’ll need using the &lsquo...Continue reading


Lake of the Week: Pistakee Lake

Add together unlimited boating, easy access to boat launches and some of the best fishing action in Lake County, and you’ve got Pistakee Lake. Pistakee is the Algonquin Indian word for ‘buffalo,’ which once roamed Illinois prairies. At 1,700 acres, Pistakee Lake shares the position with Fox Lake as the largest lake on the Chain O’Lakes—one of the most popular inland water recreation destinations in the country. You...Continue reading


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