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4 Rea­sons Boat­ing is Great for Fam­i­lies with Kids

Finding things to do that you can share with your kids can be challenging. A beautiful day of boating on Lake County lakes and waterways is one guaranteed way to counter the... I don't wanna...that's totally boring...gross...we already did that...and other common responses to spending time together. Here's some fun reasons why boating brings parents and kids together: 1. The sun's so bright, your kids can't see their phone screens. 2. It's close quarters…

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Lake of the Week: Fox Lake

If you're looking for a lively lake with lots to do, Fox Lake is a great choice. At 1,810 acres, Fox Lake is the largest of the nine major water bodies that make up Lake County's fabulous Chain O'Lakes— the busiest inland recreational waterway per acre in the United States. The lake connects to 420-acre Nippersink Lake, which is often considered part of Fox Lake. Nippersink Lake also connects to Grass Lake and Pistakee…

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Engine Main­te­nance Saves Time and Money

Engine repairs can be costly, and breakdowns on the water can put your safety at risk. It's easy to keep your outboard in great shape, and you don't need to be a mechanic. Here are some tips that can help keep your outboard engine running reliably for a long time. Maintenance after every trip 1. Flush out the engine: start up the engine and let the water pump do the rest (stay clear of…

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Stand-Up Pad­dle Boarding

Are you looking for wonderful and different ways to enjoy the gorgeous lakes and waterways of Lake County? Stand up paddle boarding (SUP) is the fastest-growing watersport in the world. It's adaptable to different levels of ability, so people of an age and fitness can enjoy it. SUP is an inexpensive and easy way to get out on the water and enjoy nature. It is also healthful---giving you a full body workout to improve…

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Fisherman’s Report: Walleye

One of Lake County's most sought-after game fish, the walleye---also known as "pickerel" or "walleyed pike"---is prized for the challenge of hooking one, and for its delicious white, flaky filets. Lake County's many lakes and waterways offer excellent opportunities for fishing for walleye--particularly in the Fox Waterway's Chain O'Lakes, a region which attracts not only amateur anglers from all over the Midwest, but also is the home base for the World Walleye Association's Tournament…

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Lake of the Week: Dia­mond Lake

This beautiful, glacially formed, 153-acre lake is located in northeastern Lake County, within the Village of Mundelein. Diamond Lake is home to the popular Diamond Lake Beach and Recreation Center, which offers a sandy beach, grassy areas, and shaded picnic grove and is a summertime destination for swimming, boating, fishing, boat rentals and special events --- like the zany Cardboard Regatta, which will be held this year on August 6. In the 1800's to…

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Meet Cap­tain Gregg Pupec­ki — Waukegan Har­bor Gen­er­al Manager

Captain Gregg Pupecki has been around boats all his life: as a child growing up on the New England coast; as a commercial boat captain; and as an executive with Chicago’s Wendella Boats. And today, Gregg is still around boats…and then some. As the new General Manager for Lake County’s Waukegan Harbor, Gregg is responsible for day-to-day operations and planning for a harbor with a marina that has over 1,000 boat-slips. Recently, we talked with…

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Per­son­al Water­craft Etiquette

Sure, they’re small and fun to operate. But with the horsepower of a large outboard engine and the acceleration of a motorcycle, personal watercraft (PWC) aren’t toys. It’s important to know how to stay safe when sharing the water. Here are a some important PWC safety and etiquette rules to live by: NEVER try and jump the wake of a passing boat. When coming up behind another craft, steer to the right and pass…

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Fisherman’s Report

Did you know that Lake Michigan is home to wild salmon from the Pacific Ocean? It’s true! There are two magnificent species you’ll find in Lake County—Chinook (King Salmon) and Coho (Silver Salmon)—and both are well worth seeking out, both for the enhanced strategic sport fishing level and for their delicious taste. Pacific salmon were originally introduced to control burgeoning populations of invasive alewives in the last century, and they’ve been a staple of…

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Fire­works in Lake County

There’s nothing like watching 4th of July fireworks on a lake. And in Lake County you’ll find plenty to choose from. Plus, on the shore, many celebrations offer music, food, fun activities, and even parades. Get ready to “Oooh” and “Ahhhh” as we light up the night on the lakes of Lake County. Here are some of your options: Blarney Island 4th of July Festival Weekend Friday July 01, 2016 - Monday July 04,…

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