Boating in Lake County will definitely make your day. Or your weekend. Renting a boat makes it easy!

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 a paddleboard, canoe or kayak. A jet ski is pure adrenaline. Deck boats are perfect for touring. For summer fun, pontoon boats offer unmatched stability and space. Tubing or waterskiing? Sports boats and higher-horsepower pontoon boats are definitely your speed.

How about a fishing adventure on the “Big Water” of Lake Michigan? Waukegan Harbor is the homeport of one of the finest charter fishing fleets on the Great Lakes—with many commercial boats to choose from.

Whether you rent or charter, you’re guaranteed to have an incredible day on the water in Lake County. Here are two marinas on the Chain O’Lakes.

SkipperBud’s - Sequoit Harbor on Lake Marie offers sports boats and pontoon boat rentals for half and full days. Tubes are also available.

1000 IL Rte-173
Antioch, IL 60002

Gordy’s Marine on Fox Lake offers bowrider sports boats and paddleboard rentals by the hour, half day or full day. There’s also a “Boat Club,” which provides unlimited use of boats and equipment for a one-time initiation fee plus a monthly or season fee.

36 South Route 12
Fox Lake, IL 60020

Also, investigate these public boat launches in Lake County!

Fox River Preserve & Marina (Port Barrington)
Park District of Highland Park, Park Avenue Beach & Boating Facility
Waukegan Harbor & Marina
Chain O’ Lake State Park (Spring Grove)
Mundelein Park District, Diamond Lake Beach & Boat Launch
Vernon Hills Park District, Century Park

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