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Boat­ing Lake Coun­ty Blog

Don’t miss the North­ern Illi­nois Boat Show, Feb­ru­ary 28-March 3

Whether it’s your first boat or an upgrade, you’ll find what you’re looking for here. Check out over 200 new and used boats from 50 of the top boat manufacturers – all on display by top local dealers. It’s a great place to get a deal, with "show-only" specials on bow riders, ski boats, wakeboard boats, wake surf boats, cruisers, cuddy cabins, deck boats, jet boats, pontoon boats, and much more. Admission is $8 for…

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Tips for Buy­ing Your First Boat in Lake County

There are a slew of boat shows going on as we lead into the spring. Have you gone out searching for your dream boat? For Lake County residents and visitors, the Northern Illinois Boat Show is rapidly approaching. The show will be held at the Lake County Fair Grounds in Grayslake from February 28 – March 3. You can’t just go in empty handed with a plan of attack. Buying a boat in Lake…

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Blar­ney Island: The Key West of the Midwest

Blarney Island in Lake County’s famous Chain O’Lakes has been voted “the greatest boating bar in the world.” And it’s totally unique–because the only way to reach this hopping “Key West of the Midwest’ is by boat. Watch as operating owner Rob Hardman shares some of what makes Barney Island such as special place.…

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Lake­side Dining

LAKESIDE DINING: ROOMS WITH A VIEW One of the beauties of visiting Lake County is being able to relax at a lakeside restaurant, enjoying the food and admiring the unbeatable views. Some even let you dock your boat and come inside. Here are four top-notch restaurants, all featuring spectacular patios that put you right on the glorious waters of beautiful Lake County. El Puerto Mexican Restaurant You can’t get any closer to the water…

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Boat Rentals

Ahh, the sun sparkling on the water. The sweet breeze off the shore. Feel the spray as you slice through the waves. Grab an icy beverage from the cooler. It’s another glorious day boating with family or friends in Lake County, Illinois. Oh, you don’t have a boat? Don’t feel left out. It’s easy to rent one. There are boats for every kind of adventure on lakes big and small. For human-powered excursions, try…

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Card­board Regatta

Saturday, June 16 from 3–7 p.m. Diamond Lake Beach & Recreation Center 1016 Diamond Lake Road, Mundelein Hurry! Registration ends Saturday, June 9th. If it floats, it’s a boat. So, grab some friends, family or business colleagues, and join the exciting Cardboard Regatta on beautiful Diamond Lake in Mundelein, starting at 3 p.m.. All you need is cardboard, duct tape, paint…and some imagination. There’ll be awards for the fastest boats, the most creative boat…

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Boat Main­te­nance Tips

When your boat’s running smoothly, so will your day on the water in beautiful Lake County. Remember, a little maintenance goes a long way. Change the oil Cars require regular oil changes. So do boat engines. As a rule of thumb, four-stroke outboards, inboards and stern drives should have their oil changed at least every 100 hours of operation and at the end of the boating season. Don’t forget to replace the oil filter…

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Boat­ing Tips to Make your Out­ing Enjoyable

Spring is here and it’s time to start preparing for the upcoming boating season. We’ve checked off some essentials on safety. Just follow these few simple precautions with care—and delight in your time spent on the boat with family and friends. 1. Pay Attention and Be Aware. The simplest safety tip can also be the hardest to follow. The average boater should realize that that main culprit behind boating accidents is—Inattention. Stay mindful of…

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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 feeders. During the day, they…

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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 ‘rule of thirds’: 1/3 to reach…

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