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Grass Lake: the Third Largest Lake in the Chain

A hundred years ago, Grass Lake wasn’t really a lake at all. It was a huge marsh whose expansive lotus beds, with their intensely colored blossoms, were the region’s top tourist attraction from the late 19th through early 20th centuries. It wasn’t until a dam was built in 1907, that the water levels rose high enough to transform the wetlands into a shallow lake. At 1,360 acres, Grass Lake is the third largest of the…

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Land a Big One on a Charter Fishing Excursion!

Whether you’re an experienced angler looking for some exceptional game fish action, or looking for a great way to share an adventure with your friends or family, Waukegan Harbor & Marina and North Point Marina at Winthrop Harbor should definitely be your ports of call. You’ll find the Coho salmon running in late spring, lake trout biting in mid-summer and the magnificent Chinook salmon come home to spawn in late summer and early fall. You’ll…

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A Better Burger

It’s hard to beat a fresh, juicy burger topped with melty cheese on a soft, chewy bun. Unless you add a sparkling lake in beautiful Lake County to the recipe. If you’ve been disappointed in the past by dry and flavorless hamburgers, it’s time you had a better burger. At home: 1. A better burger starts with the meat: high-quality chuck steak coarsely ground that’s 80% lean and 20% fat (80/20). 2. Shape each patty…

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Piña Colada – A Recipe for this Classic Tiki Cocktail

Think of it as an opportunity to break out those adorable, little paper umbrellas. You can be sure this classic tiki cocktail adds a splash of retro fun to your glass after a day of boating with friends in beautiful Lake County. INGREDIENTS 8 ounces white rum 2 ounces dark rum (used for a floater, not required)½ fresh pineapple, peeled, cut into 1-½ inch pieces2 ounces of unsweetened coconut milk6 ounces sweetened cream of coconut2…

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The Importance of Choosing the Right Boat Anchor

An anchor is an essential piece of boating gear. Knowing how and where to use it is part of being a good boater. An anchor’s purpose is to burrow into the bottom and hold your boat securely. The idea is, the more your boat pulls on the anchor, the more the anchor digs into the bottom. You will need an anchor to control your boat in bad weather or if the engine fails. You may…

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A Day Made for Boating Beer Lovers

Do you boat on Lake Michigan? Are you a craft beer aficionado? Then we have a summer excursion you’re going to love: Set your course to North Point Marina in Winthrop Harbor for their Pop-up Beer Garden. If you’ve never been to North Point Marina, this is the perfect opportunity. With over 1,500 slips, North Point is the Great Lakes’ largest marina. And, the serene, recreational setting, just north of Illinois Beach State Park, will…

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World-Class Fishing? Head Over to the Chain

By Mike Jackson, Daily Herald (from the column “Jackson Outdoors: A great way to spend an afternoon” July 13, 2019) I have been hammering the state tourism bureau for more than two decades about including our state's world-class fishing. It's readily available either on Lake Michigan or more inland such as at the Fox Chain O' Lakes. Of course the Mag Mile generates a ton of money for retailers and state coffers realizing the tax…

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Big Lake. Glorious Boating.

Lively, lovely and with lots to do on shore, Fox Lake is a jewel in Lake County’s fabulous Chain O’Lakes – the most popular inland recreational waterway per acre in the United States. The largest of the nine major bodies of water that make up the Chain, Fox Lake connects directly to 420-acre Nippersink Lake, which in turn connects to Grass Lake and Pistakee Lake. Just north of Fox Lake and bordering Nippersink, you’ll find…

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Dockside Dining Mexican Style

You can’t get any closer to the water than at El Puerto, a casual Mexican restaurant right on the edge of Nippersink Lake. Get ready to enjoy one of the best lakeside dining experiences anywhere on the Chain O’Lakes. …

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Inner Stillness on the Lake

Yoga on a stand up paddle board? Absolutely. And if you haven’t experienced it yet, now’s the time. The Mundelein Park & Recreation District is offering two new SUP yoga classes at Diamond Lake Beach on Fridays through August 9. For ages 16 and older.…

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