Personal Guide to Paddle Boarding

Looking at finally get that oar in the water? Then look no further, we have all the information you need to get out there to start paddle boarding! Lake County provides a handful of beaches and marinas where rentals are available. Between the Lake County Forest Preserves, Independence Grove Forest Preserve, and Fish Lake Beach, you will have all of the paddling room you could ask for. Continue reading to get a better idea on whether personal water crafts are permitted, rentals are available, or if there are any fees to launch at each of these locations. 


Lake County Forest Preserves
“Bring your own cartop boat, canoe, kayak, stand up paddleboard or other small, non-motorized watercraft and launch it on one of three three inland lakes” – Sterling Lake, Long Lake, & Hastings Lake
Launching is free and to be done at your own risk. You’ll need approved flotation gear along with your non-motorized watercraft displaying a mandatory Water Usage Stamp issued by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Electric trolling motors are allowed. Trailers are permitted only at Van Patten Woods but parking is limited to the grass overflow area.


Fish Lake Beach
Explore beautiful Fish Lake by paddle boat or rowboat. Electric trolling motors are welcome, but no gas motors please. Life jackets included with paddle boat and kayak rental.

Rowboat Rental:  $10.00 per day      $1.00 per life jacket
Paddleboat Rentals: $5.00 per 1/2 hour / $8.00 full hour
Kayak Rental: $10 per hour; $20 for 2 hours


Independence Grove Forest Preserve
Whether you want to fish, paddle solo or take the family for a bike or boat ride, the marina at Independence Grove Forest Preserve in Libertyville has a variety of bikes, boats and other small watercraft to choose from. The marina also sells bait, tackle, fishing licenses, snacks and beverages. The marina is located along the south bay of the preserve's 115-acre lake. Though personal watercraft are not allowed on the lake at Independence Grove, you can rent fishing boats, canoes, kayaks, stand up paddleboards, and pedal boats. Must be age 16 or older to reserve boats or bikes. Ages 12–15 may reserve with a signature of a parent or guardian who is present at the preserve. Ages 11 and under must be accompanied by an adult when on the water. There are no age restrictions for passengers.

Pedal boat $10 $5
Canoe $10 $5
Kayak, 1-person $10 $5
Kayak, 2-person $12 $6
Stand up paddleboard $15

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