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Don’t Miss the 2020 Northern Illinois Boat Show

The Northern Illinois Boat Show is coming to the Lake County Fairgrounds and Event Center on Thursday, March 5 through Sunday, March 8. It's four days of boating heaven at one of Illinois’ top boating expositions! You’ll find hundreds of new and used boats, trailers and accessories from 50 top manufacturers—all on display by leading local dealers. Bring the entire family along, enjoy the food and beverage vendors and fun activities for kids. Daily admission:…

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Late-Season Lake County Boating: Wow!

The days are temperate. The summer throngs have thinned. Even Lake County’s most popular lakes are quieter and less crowded. Don’t miss out on the unique joys of autumn boating in Lake County. There are plenty of ways to relax and great fishing. The fish are fattening up for winter and ready to strike at your lures. Combine your late-season boat excursions with a stop at one of Lake County’s fabulous waterside restaurants. Just cruise…

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Trout Season Begins October 19!

Whether you tie your own fishing flies or are looking for something special to share with your kids, you’ll be happy to know that the 2019 Illinois Fall Trout Fishing Season opens Saturday, October 19. Cast your line for rainbow trout (maximum five trout per day) at two Lake County locations:

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Five Ways to Get Through a Boat-less Winter.

When your boat is stored away for the next six months, you may start to experience the pangs of “boating withdrawal.” Here are a few suggestions to keep that boating spirit alive while you’re on “shore leave.” 1. Practice your navigation and docking skills on your smartphone.The BoatMaster app accurately simulates maneuvering and docking motorboats, sailboats and houseboats under different wind and current conditions. It’s a free download from the Apple App Store and Google…

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Four Winterizing Tips for Savvy Boaters

Winterizing is essential if you want to protect your boat’s longevity and performance. has a comprehensive winterizing guide. Here are a few extra “insider” tips to keep your boat shipshape through the cold months. Don’t skimp on the boat cover. Cheap covers can let in water and tend to shred in heavy winds. Invest in a high-quality covering or get one custom-made. And think twice about shrink-wrapping. It may seem cheaper, but you’ll be…

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The Des Plaines River: Paddling Perfection

Beginning as a small prairie creek in southwestern Wisconsin, the Des Plaines River runs southward 133 miles, passing through Lake County and towards Chicago before joining the Kankakee River and forming the Illinois River. Lake County’s lush 31-mile stretch of the Des Plaines River is a popular destination for paddlers of all ages and skill levels looking for a relaxing day in scenic surroundings. Thanks to the recently completed Lake County Forest Preserves Des Plaines…

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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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