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Boat­ing Lake Coun­ty Blog

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’ll find that Pistakee Lake is exceptionally…

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SUP Yoga: Expe­ri­ence inner still­ness on the water

Yoga on a paddleboard? Absolutely. And if you haven’t tried this wonderful fusion yet on a Lake County lake, it’s time to get started. Standup paddleboarding (SUP) is the fastest-growing watersport in the world. And no wonder, it’s fun, easy to learn and adaptable to every level of skill. All you need is a board, a paddle and a floatation device. Add in yoga, and you have something truly unique. Keeping the board stable…

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Safe­ty First: Know your throwable

No one plans to go overboard when boating in Lake County. But if someone does, you should immediately deploy a U.S. Coast Guard-approved throwable personal flotation device. Also known as a Type IV, the throwable is one of the most underrated pieces of safety equipment on your boat. At least one is required on all boats 16 feet and over. But, actually, a throwable should be present on smaller boats as well. There are…

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10th Annu­al Chain O’Lakes Raft-up Party

Sunday, August 26, 2017 It’s going to be rafts of Lake County fun!. Join in on the annual Cobalt raft-up party on Channel Lake sand bar. It all begins at 10:30 a.m. on the docks behind Gordy Marine's showroom. Bring your boat and cruise together to the sand bar to anchor-up for some food, music, games and more. Then boat back to Gordy’s docks for a cookout at 5 p.m. RSVP if you’re planning…

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Clean­er Boat Cleaners

Part of keeping your boat shipshape is keeping it clean. A problem arises when cleaning your boat in or near the water. Many commercial cleaners have ingredients that can harm aquatic life and the environment, even if used correctly. You can do your part in protecting the delicate ecology of the lakes and rivers in Lake County First, rinse your boat with fresh water immediately after every use. This will reduce your need for…

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Lake of the Week: Bangs Lake

For great boating and fishing in Lake County, Bangs Lake in Wauconda should be high or your list. Like most of the lakes in Lake County, 306-acre Bangs Lake is a natural glacial lake, formed when Ice Age glaciers retreated 30,000 years ago. The lake is named after Justus Bangs, a settler from Vermont, who, in 1850, helped found the village that would become Waukonda (which means ‘spirit water’ in the Potawatomi language). Once…

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Light Up the Night: Come Cel­e­brate Venet­ian Night

Picture a parade of boats—large and small—sailing by bedecked in dazzling arrays of lights. That’s the heart of Venetian Night. And in Lake County, you’ll have two choices to enjoy this amazing spectacle: In Fox Lake and in Waukegan. No matter what location you choose—it’ll be a night to remember. Venetian Night: Fox Lake Saturday August 05, 2017 Don’t miss the fun and ‘oohs-and-ahhhs’ of Fox Lake’s 10th Annual Venetian Night and Block Party…

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Fish­ing in Lake Coun­ty: Yel­low Perch

Ah! There’s nothing better frying in a pan than yellow perch fillets. A popular sport fish, yellow perch are sought for their delicious, mild flavor. Yellow perch are one of the most adaptable of predatory fish. They can be found in ponds, lakes and slow-moving rivers and streams. They tolerate water that is acidic or oxygen-deprived. They thrive close to the shore amid aquatic vegetation and also can be found up in waters up…

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Safe­ty First: Keep your chil­dren pro­tect­ed with an approved life jacket

We want your kids to be safe when boating in Lake County—and that means wearing life jackets. In Illinois, anyone under the age of 13 must wear a life jacket while aboard any watercraft under 26 feet at all times the boat is underway, unless they are below deck in an enclosed cabin or on private property. But be aware—and this is very important—life jackets designed for adults won’t work for children. You must…

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Quite Pos­si­bly the Best Fish Dish

Baked Blue Gill One of the tastiest, if not the smallest, fresh water fish has got to be Blue Gill. You’ll need to catch at least ten to make a meal, but your effort will be well worth it. Ingredients: 1 Pound Filleted Blue Gill ¼ cup milk ½ teaspoon vinegar ½ cup cornmeal ½ teaspoon onion powder ½ teaspoon garlic powder ½ teaspoon paprika ¼ teaspoon thyme ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper salt and…

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