Boating Lake County Blog

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 are five things to do before boat­ing sea­son ends

1. See Blar­ney Island drag rac­ing – If you‘re in the Anti­och and you hear loud­er than usu­al engines on the water, you know its Thurs­day Night Blar­ney Island Boat Races. For 36 sea­sons, this island, dock and bar has host­ed drag rac­ing on the chain called Thun­der on the Chain.

This is your last chance to get out and see the out­board and inboard roll through the furi­ous, chop­py waters of the Chain. You can anchor your boat and watch, or you can reg­is­ter in one of the nine dif­fer­ent race class­es in the North­ern Illi­nois Drag Boat Rac­ing Asso­ci­a­tion. Con­tact the NID­BA if you’re inter­est­ed in par­tak­ing this Thurs­day, Sep­tem­ber 3 at 7:30 p.m. For infor­ma­tion about the excep­tion­al expe­ri­ence, con­tin­ue here.

Thurs­day, Sep­tem­ber 3; 7:30 p.m., 27843 W Grass Lake Rd Anti­och, IL 60002

2. Eat at Lindy’s Land­ing in Wau­con­da – One of the pre­mier dock and dine venues, Lindy’s Land­ing, is cel­e­brat­ing 50 years of oper­a­tion. Lindy’s is now known for a prime loca­tion, burg­ers, and fish fry, as well as pro­vid­ing a live music line­up. Annu­al events were added to their sched­ule like Fire­works over the Bangs and the Card­board Boat Regat­ta. Some of the pop­u­lar eats at Lindy’s include Bangs BYO Burg­er, Baja Fish Tacos, sal­ads and oth­er deli­cious entrees. Con­tin­ue here to read about the his­to­ry behind the leg­endary restau­rant on Bangs Lake.

Lindy’s on Bangs Lake, 115 Park St., Wauconda

3. The 14th Annu­al Labor Day Card­board Boat Races – Speak­ing of Lindy’s Land­ing, the Card­board Races have arrived. Sign up a team today for the 14th Annu­al Card­board Boat Race. Reg­is­ter in one of 3 groups, chil­dren, adults and busi­ness­es for $30 per boat. All boats must be made off­site and brought to the race. Please vis­it the web­site to reg­is­ter and for com­plete instructions.

Sat­ur­day, Sep­tem­ber 5; 12 p.m. Lindy’s on Bangs Lake, 115 Park St, Wauconda.

4. His­tor­i­cal tour on Round Lake — Learn about every­thing revolv­ing around Round Lake on the waters. Choose to either pad­dle or ride in a pon­toon boat around the lake, mak­ing stops along the way at var­i­ous scenic spots to learn more about the past, present, and future of Round Lake. All boat­ing equip­ment, includ­ing boats, and pad­dles will be pro­vid­ed. Pad­dling expe­ri­ence recommended.

Sun­day, Sep­tem­ber, 20; 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Lake­front beach, 1019 Lakeshore Dr, Round Lake Beach.

5. Night Voyageur Pad­dle — Pad­dle the giant canoe while learn­ing about the fur trade in 18th-cen­tu­ry Lake Coun­ty and the lives of the Voyageurs. Reg­is­ter by mail, email, online or by phone. Ages 8 and old­er only and must be accom­pa­nied by an adult. Res­i­dents are $7 per per­son and non-res­i­dents are $10.

Sat­ur­day, Sep­tem­ber 19; 6 – 8 p.m. Van Pat­ton Woods Canoe Launch, Rus­sel Road East of Route 41, Wadsworth.

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