Lake County, Illinois is home to over 170 lakes and rivers and waterways. So there are literally hundreds of boat ramps. most navigable public lakes have at least one marina or public boat access. Check our listings and links for the best place to launch. There's no better family fun than boating and no better place to enjoy it than Lake County.

Public Boat Launch

Name/Description City

Barnacle Bobs

We provide you with fishing and pontoon rental.  We are located on Lake Marie on the Fox Chain of Lakes, in Antioch! Stop on… Read More


Ben Watts Marina

Located in northeatern Illinois, midway between Chicago and Milwaukee, in the town of Fox Lake, Ben Watts Marina was started in 1954 by our namesake and… Read More

Fox Lake

Captains Quarter’s

Captain’s Quarters is a boater’s oasis with music, food, volleyball and more.  Located on a natural channel off Fox Lake… Read More


Chain O’ Lakes Marina

The marina is looking beautiful!  All driveways and parking lots have been regraded.  We expanded the west side parking lot to better accomodate… Read More

Fox Lake

Chain O’Lakes State Park

PUBLIC BOAT LAUNCH - NO FEE! For further boating information, click HERE Located in the heart of Illinois' largest concentration of natural lakes, Chain O'… Read More

Spring Grove

Diamond Lake Beach & Recreation Center

*For best use of the website, please click the 'Diamond Lake Beach' link under the 'Swim/Aquatics' tab* Diamond Lake Recreation Center is 100 acres. It… Read More


Dolphin Harbor

Dolphin Harbor in Old Mill Creek offers boaters and campers an ideal location, right on the edge of Grass Lake.  With seasonal rates for… Read More


Fish Lake Beach

This campground has been family owned and operated since 1939. This is a great place to spend some quality family time or just to get away… Read More


Fox River Marina

Located within the Fox River Forest Preserve in Port Barrington. Boat slips, floating pier, public boat launch, indoor dry storage, and paved parking lots are… Read More

Port Barrington

Gills at Chain O’Lakes State Park

Gill's at the Chain O'Lakes State Park is a convenient bait and tackle store where campers can also pick up a few necessities… Read More

Spring Grove

Illinois Beach State Park

Illinois Beach State Park is located along the shores of Lake Michigan from Waukegan to the Wisconsin state line. The park offers a campground, full… Read More


Independence Grove Forest Preserve

This scenic 1,135-acre preserve offers a wide range of outdoor recreation and education opportunities centered around a 115-acre lake reclaimed from a gravel quarry. Visitors… Read More


Lake County Forest Preserves

We currently manage more than 29,200 acres of land and offer innovative educational, recreational and cultural opportunities for all ages. Visitors enjoy more than 154 miles of… Read More


Lake Michigan Charter Fishing - Waukegan Harbor

PUBLIC BOAT LAUNCH! Click HERE for further fees and more information Waukegan Harbor and Marina offers the finest in boating with 1,000-slip marina. A wide… Read More


Larsen Marine Service

Since 1933, three generations of the Larsen family have worked hard to provide the Lake Michigan boater with all their boating needs, including quality service, excellent… Read More


Lindy’s Landing

Lindy’s Landing has been known as family place to swim, picnic, boat and fish subce the 1960's and remains a version of the… Read More


North Point Marina

FREE PUBLIC BOAT LAUNCH!!! Quiet, serene and safe, North Point Marina offers the relaxation you expect and the nurturing you need in a natural and… Read More

Winthrop Harbor

Pedersen Marine Inc.

PUBLIC BOAT LAUNCH - $20 LAUNCH FEE Pedersen Marina is a family owned marina that offers 80 Boat Slips free of wave action even in a storm,… Read More


Port Of Blarney

PUBLIC BOAT LAUNCH!  Click HERE for fees and pricing The Port of Blarney is a family-friendly, full service restaurant, banquet hall, marina, and RV… Read More


Porthole Marina

PUBLIC BOAT LAUNCH ON WEEKDAYS! $20 LAUNCH FEE Our spacious and tranquil marina has 35 slips with water and electric connection that will accommodate boats from 12 feet… Read More


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