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New Conservation Laws for Boaters in Lake County

The Northern Illinois Boat Show opened their doors from Thursday-Sunday last week at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Grayslake, and there were an abundance of gorgeous vessels. Attendees met with many different Lake County exhibitors like Munson Marine, Fox Lake Harbor, Skipper Bud’s, Great Lakes Yacht Sales and Chain-O-Lakes Charters, just to name a few. We also learned a few things at the Boat Show about new laws in Lake County. There were two…

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The Northern Illinois Boat Show

The way the weather has been, it seems like spring will never come around. However, here’s something promising: The Northern Illinois Boat Show and Sale 2015! Join Boatinglakecounty at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Grayslake where they will have over 200 new and used boats on hand from February 26-March 1. While having 50+ boats on display, you have a chance to win a brand new, free Lund fishing boat boat. Continue here to…

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Ice Fishing in Lake County

Lake County contains 935 square miles of lake water. That means, when that Midwestern cold comes into town, the ice fishermen (and women) prepare to catch their prey.Plus, since there are so many venues for you in Lake County, you don’t have to experience an extremely cold night in the shanty, because ice fishing is right in your backyard. Finding the right spot is vital as it is nearly impossible to boat during Lake…

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Lake County Boat Show

If you are looking to buy or see latest models of boats, make the trip to Chicago and join Boating Lake County for the 2015 Chicago Boat, RV & Strictly Sail Show January 14th-18th at McCormick Place. Several Lake County exhibitors will be in attendance. This family-friendly show sponsored by Progressive Insurance takes a hands-on approach in providing seminars in boating and sailing education and safety. Besides the seminars and activities offered at this…

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Bar Rescue at Dirty Rooster in Antioch

The Dirty Rooster in Antioch received a makeover from Spike TV's Bar Rescue! The TV crew appeared for this Chain O' Lakes location for the reveal on Friday September 26, 2014. The episode, 'Swinging from the Rafters,' was aired nationally on November 23rd . Jon Taffer, the host of Bar Rescue, was successful in saving Dirty Rooster. Taffer and his team coined the name Lake Marie Lodge to rename the bar. Before saving his…

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Roxana Bed and Breakfast in Fox Lake

When you get picked up from the Fox Lake train station in an antique limo, you’ll know right away that this is not your average vacay. The Roxana Hotel and B&B is one of the best kept secrets around, but the secret is out and everyone wants in! Originally built in 1893, this historic home promises a one of a kind experience from the get go, that starts well before you even arrive. Your…

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Five Lake County Canoe Launches on the Des Plaines River

Believe it or not, lakes aren't the only bodies of water in Lake County. In fact, a large segment of the 133-mile Des Plaines River dissects the county – beginning on the Illinois-Wisconsin state line and flowing south through the county towards Chicago before joining the Kankakee River to form the Illinois River. The Des Plaines River Trail and Greenway, part of the Lake County Forest Preserves, parallels the river and flows through the…

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Exploring Chain O’Lakes Part IV – Fishing

Welcome back to our ongoing series of exploring the Chain O’Lakes and the many water adventures the area offers. In this installment, we're looking at the variety of fish and fishing locations found on the Chain. The Chain O'Lakes is a premier fishing destination. Species found in the Chain O'Lakes include walleye, largemouth bass, muskellunge, yellow perch, bluegill, catfish, black crappie, bullhead, white bass, yellow bass, carp and northern pike. The Illinois Department of…

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Exploring Chain O’Lakes Part III – Boating

We're back with another installment in our ongoing series covering the boating and fishing opportunities on the Chain. In case you were still questioning how expansive this waterway system is, the Chain O’Lakes area features 60 – yes, 60 – free boat-launching areas and 30 boat rental locations. It's a boater's paradise. The Chain O’Lakes State Park is a great starting point for a boating adventure on the Chain. You can rent a variety…

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Exploring Chain O’Lakes Part II – The Lakes

Welcome to the second installment of our "Exploring Chain O’Lakes" blog series. We're giving you an in-depth look at the Chain O'Lakes and all the boating, fishing and outdoor aquatic fun waiting for you in the Chain. In this installment, we’re looking at some of the 15 lakes that make up the intricate system of lakes. The Chain O'Lakes is composed of ten lakes connected by the Fox River and an additional five lakes…

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