Five things to do before boating season ends

I know it’s depressing – summer is ending. But in the words of Dr. Seuss, ‘Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.’

When you’re in Lake County there are always things to do when you have over 75 lakes regardless of the weather. However, there’s just certain things you can’t do when the lakes freeze over.

So before you haul your boats out of the water and prepare it for winter hibernation, here are five things to do before boating season ends

1. See Blarney Island drag racing – If you‘re in the Antioch and you hear louder than usual engines on the water, you know its Thursday Night Blarney Island Boat Races. For 36 seasons, this island, dock and bar has hosted drag racing on the chain called Thunder on the Chain.
This is your last chance to get out and see the outboard and inboard roll through the furious, choppy waters of the Chain. You can anchor your boat and watch, or you can register in one of the nine different race classes in the Northern Illinois Drag Boat Racing Association. Contact the NIDBA if you’re interested in partaking this Thursday, September 3 at 7:30 p.m. For information about the exceptional experience, continue here.

Thursday, September 3; 7:30 p.m., 27843 W Grass Lake Rd Antioch, IL 60002

2. Eat at Lindy’s Landing in Wauconda – One of the premier dock and dine venues, Lindy’s Landing, is celebrating 50 years of operation. Lindy’s is now known for a prime location, burgers, and fish fry, as well as providing a live music lineup. Annual events were added to their schedule like Fireworks over the Bangs and the Cardboard Boat Regatta. Some of the popular eats at Lindy’s include Bangs BYO Burger, Baja Fish Tacos, salads and other delicious entrees. Continue here to read about the history behind the legendary restaurant on Bangs Lake.

Lindy’s on Bangs Lake, 115 Park St., Wauconda

3. The 14th Annual Labor Day Cardboard Boat Races – Speaking of Lindy’s Landing, the Cardboard Races have arrived. Sign up a team today for the 14th Annual Cardboard Boat Race. Register in one of 3 groups, children, adults and businesses for $30 per boat. All boats must be made offsite and brought to the race. Please visit the website to register and for complete instructions.

Saturday, September 5; 12 p.m. Lindy’s on Bangs Lake, 115 Park St, Wauconda.

4. Historical tour on Round Lake -  Learn about everything revolving around Round Lake on the waters. Choose to either paddle or ride in a pontoon boat around the lake, making stops along the way at various scenic spots to learn more about the past, present, and future of Round Lake. All boating equipment, including boats, and paddles will be provided. Paddling experience recommended.

Sunday, September, 20; 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Lakefront beach, 1019 Lakeshore Dr, Round Lake Beach.

5. Night Voyageur Paddle - Paddle the  giant canoe while learning about the fur trade in 18th-century Lake County and the lives of the Voyageurs. Register by mail, email, online or by phone. Ages 8 and older only and must be accompanied by an adult. Residents are $7 per person and non-residents are $10.
Saturday, September 19; 6-8 p.m. Van Patton Woods Canoe Launch, Russel Road East of Route 41, Wadsworth.

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