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Boat­ing Lake Coun­ty Blog

Tow­ing? Make sure you’re show­ing’: Fly your flag!

Waterskiing, tubing and wake boarding are great ways to enjoy the lakes and waterways in Lake County. And keeping your passengers safe while they’re in the water is vital. So be aware that a 2015 Illinois state law now requires that any watercraft that is towing a person must display a bright orange or red flag—often called a ‘skier-down flag.’ The flag alerts other boaters there is someone being towed, and if they’re not…

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Sum­mer boat­ing: Here are some safe­ty essentials

Wow, it’s officially summer—and with the warm weather comes lots of opportunities for great boating adventures in Lake County: cruising, waterskiing, sailing, fishing, jet skiing… there’s no end to the fun. When you go out on the water, make sure to keep these safety essentials on board with you: One Coast Guard-approved, properly fitting life jacket for each passenger. If your boat is 16 feet or longer, carry an additional throwable flotation device. Tip:…

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Nation­al Safe­ty Month 2016 in Lake County

Ahoy matey! All aboard the water conjunction. With all of the water around Lake County and the influence of Naval Base Great Lakes everyone is steering portside and starboard in a vessel in one of 75 lakes in our area. But before you go off the deep end, remember that this month marks North American Safe Boating. Nobody wants something to happen while you’re enjoying the rampant and/or serene waters. National Safe Boating Week…

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Boat Launch­es in Lake County

The last thing I would want to do is go out on a boat in this weather. We chose to live in the Midwest however, and that's just how it goes. But, with the rampant changes of the weather forecast, it seems as though it could be in the 60s or 70s next week. You know what that means. Time to play with our water toys. Unwrap all of that mess off your boat…

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2016 North­ern Illi­nois Boat Show & Sale

It’s that time of year where boaters salivate like a delicious perch has been placed in front of them in Lake County. The Lake County Fairgrounds & Expo Center in Grayslake is hosting the Northern Illinois Boat Show & Sale. Some of the biggest names in boats, trailers and accessories will be present. Over 50 brands will be on display. At this annual event lasting from Thursday, March 3 – Sunday, March 6 you…

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Ice Fish­ing in Lake County

The snow is on the ground, the weather is below freezing and there’s ice over the lakes of Lake County. So how in the heck do you get through these non-boating seasons in Lake County? It’s about that time to grab your tackle, rod and tons of bait for some ice fishing.There are a collection of ice derbies starting this weekend in Lake County. However, before you start heading to your shanties and get…

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The 2016 Pro­gres­sive Chica­go Boat, RV & Strict­ly Show in Chicago

It’s a boat lover’s favorite time of year. The Progressive Chicago Boat, RV & Strictly Show returns to McCormick Center in Chicago.If you are looking to buy or see the latest and most renowned models of spankin’ new or used pontoons, sail boats, campers, bass boats, motorhomes and then some, take a journey down the Windy City.The show is sponsored by Progressive Insurance and runs from Thursday, January 14-18; Thursday & Friday 11 a.m. –…

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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…

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The Pro­hi­bi­tion Era on the Fox Chain O’ Lakes

As many know, alcohol was outlawed by the Prohibition law (as well as anti-gaming) from 1919-1933. What many don’t know is that the Chain O’ Lakes was also defiant on those laws as well. Federal and state attorney agents had to obtain permission from Lake County State’s Attorneys before they could get rid of check businesses in the local communities for illegal gambling and alcohol violations.The Fox Chain O’ Lakes resort and hotel owners…

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Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion for a Boater’s License in Illinois

So it’s nearing the end of the summer, but you’re itching to get on the water a few more times before it starts to get cold in Lake County? Before doing so, you have to take an Official Boater Safety Education Course. You don’t want to have that moment where you hear ‘License and registration,’ and get caught in a dilly of a pickle. We have to police ourselves first before we get out…

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