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Lake Coun­ty video fea­tures Boat­ing Lake County

Lake County has so much to offer for outdoor family fun this summer from 75 lakes, 100+ beaches, 500 miles of trails and bikeways, our beautiful forest preserves, and of course Great America, festivals and farmer’s markets! In this video, we visit the local gem of Illinois Beach State Park, which stretches for six and a half miles along the sandy shore of Lake Michigan in Northern Lake County. Maureen Riedy, President of the…

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Fea­tured Part­ner: Skip­per Buds

Whether you're looking to buy a boat, have your boat serviced, or store your boat, SkipperBud's should be your destination. With locations in Volo and North Point Marina, SkipperBud's offers boat sales, boat maintenance, winter and summer storage, marina slips, drystack, hauling, financing and insurance. From yachts & speed boats to pontoons, kayaks & watersports accessories, this is where your lake-loving life starts. For more information, check out skipperbuds.com.…

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Be safe! Five impor­tant things to do before launch­ing your boat this spring.

It’s finally boating season on the beautiful lakes and waterways of Lake County. Make sure it’s a safe one. Before you launch your boat for the first time, check these five vital elements to ensure that your boat is truly good to go: Inspect your trailer. How are the tires? Are the tie-down straps showing wear? Test out the brake and other lighting. Is your drain plug installed? You may think it’s a no-brainer,…

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Why is Grass Lake called Grass Lake?’

Many lakes have names whose explanations stretch back into the haze of history. Not Grass Lake; the name of this 1,360-acre lake is obvious. Originally, Grass Lake—part of Lake County’s magnificent Chain O’Lakes—was a stretch of wild rice and lotus, whose beauty was a great draw for 19th and early 20th century tourists. In fact, the water plants were so thick in places, many early boaters had to use a pole rather than oars.…

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Boat-able Recipes: Bar-B-Que Hot Wings

When you’re cooking on a boat in Lake County, you want the perfect combination of ‘crowd-pleasing’ and ‘easy to prepare.’ Bar-B-Que Hot Wings is a perfect choice. 16 jumbo chicken wings A neutral-tasting cooking oil (sunflower, corn, safflower) Salt and pepper (to taste) Quality hot sauce (e.g., Frank’s, Texas Pete’s, Stubb’s or Crystal) Coat each wing with oil to prevent sticking to grill. Season with salt and pepper. Preheat grill to medium-high with grill…

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Sep­tem­ber: The best month to boat

Many people see Labor Day as the end of the summer: August vacations are in the rear view mirror, kids are going back to school, and Halloween decorations are coming out of their basement storage. But when it comes to boating in Lake County, September is the perfect time to get out on the water. Why? The weather’s still warm but not broiling hot like July. And it’s likely to be drier. Peace and…

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Take boat­ing safe­ty per­son­al­ly: With per­son­al float­ing devices

It’s a beautiful day on the lake. The water’s calm. Who needs a life jacket? You and your passengers do. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, most recreational boating fatalities happen in calm water near the shore. And most of these people were not wearing life jackets. We want you to be safe when boating in Lake County. So, make sure your boat is equipped with the right, properly maintained personal floatation devices (PFDs)…

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Get wise and winterize!

It’s sad but true: the end of the Lake County boating season is looming. It’s time to start thinking about protecting your watercraft. The time and effort will be well spent in protecting your boat’s longevity and performance. And remember that your insurance policy may not cover lack of maintenance or neglect. The best place for your boat in the winter is out of the water, under cover and in a climate-controlled storage area.…

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Keep your vinyl clean and stain-free

Hey Lake County boaters! The vinyl on your boat is tough and made for exposure to the elements. But it’s not indestructible. It needs regular cleaning with the proper materials or it will stain, discolor or start cracking. Here are some helpful hints: For light cleaning, make a solution of ¼ cup mild soap to 1-gallon fresh water. Using a soft cloth, wipe vinyl in a circular motion. Try to avoid pooling water into…

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It’s time to take inventory

When you’re about to winterize your boat, it’s also time to take a detailed inventory of your gear. Comb through the boat thoroughly, discarding items you don’t need and keeping a list of what’s valuable. Make a list of essentials that should be repaired or replaced—such as new fenders or engine components. Make sure your safety gear—life jackets, emergency lights, radio, etc.—are operational and in good repair. Remove batteries to avoid corrosion. . List…

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