Exploring Chain O’Lakes Part III – Boating

We're back with another installment in our ongoing series covering the boating and fishing opportunities on the Chain. In case you were still questioning how expansive this waterway system is, the Chain O’Lakes area features 60 – yes, 60 – free boat-launching areas and 30 boat rental locations.

It's a boater's paradise.

The Chain O’Lakes State Park is a great starting point for a boating adventure on the Chain.

You can rent a variety of boats from Gill’s at Chain O’Lakes State Park. Below are the rental rates for the different types of boats available at Gill’s:

Rowboats and Canoes

  • 2 hours or less: $16.00
  • Daily: $25.00
  • $1.00 per Life Preserver (Required)

Motorized Boats

  • 4 hours or less: $58.00
  • Daily: $100.00

There are no daily rates on the following holiday weekends: Memorial Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day. However, if you pay for two four-hour rentals, the remainder of the day is free. Life vests, one tank of gas and an extinguisher are included with motorized boat rentals. A fuel surcharge may apply.


If you’re looking for a more active boating excursion, a paddleboat is a great way to explore the Chain. Paddleboats are available for $10.00/hour, along with a required $1.00 life preserver fee

Note: a cash deposit and driver’s license are required for all boat rentals.

Boating hours are from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. daily.

If you’re bringing your own boat, learn about the tiered boating fees by downloading this form.

Again, this interactive map of the Chain will come in handy for new and seasoned Chain boaters.

If you’re on Twitter or Instagram, include the hashtag #BoatingLakeCounty with your photos so that we can re-share the beauty of the Chain.

In our next “Exploring Chain O’Lakes” installment, we’ll look at the bountiful fishing opportunities on the “Chain.” Stay tuned!

Frequent Chain O’Lakes boaters, where is your favorite boating spot on the “Chain?” Tell us in the comments section below.


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