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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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Wing It on the Water

Crunchy, citrusy and spicy, lemon-pepper chicken wings are the perfect recipe for a summer day of boating in beautiful Lake County. The secret to crispy wings is how they’re cooked. Specifically, cooking them first on indirect heat, to render out the fat. After that, finish them on medium-high direct heat until they are crispy and golden. INGREDIENTS Juice of one lemon5 tablespoons fresh chives (or green onions) chopped ½-cup olive oil 3 pounds of chicken…

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A Sunny Drink for a Sparkling Day

If you could capture the essence of a summer day in a cocktail, it would be a Tequila Sunrise. Sweet, bright, tangy, and oh so refreshing, a Tequila Sunrise is the perfect accompaniment after a day of boating in beautiful Lake County. INGREDIENTS 1 1/2 ounces quality tequila 3/4 cup orange juice 3/4 ounce grenadine syrup Orange slice and maraschino cherry for garnish DIRECTIONS Fill a highball glass with ice.Add tequila, orange juice and ice…

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Fox Lake Summer Art Series

Bring your lawn chairs, snacks, beverages and blankets, and get ready to enjoy a performance by Big Fish! The Friday night concerts are just part of the incredible Fox Lake Summer Arts Series. You can also enjoy classic Hollywood feature films at outdoor screenings, or find your inner “Picasso” at a paint-and-sip event. And, see something new at the summer-long outdoor photography exhibits. For the full calendar of events, click here. Lake Community Garden Green17…

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Grilling Bluegills

One of the more common fish in Lake County is the Bluegill. They’re easy to catch — perfect for the kids — and have a mild taste. You can grill them whole or as fillets. Some tips: To grill directly over the heat, you’ll want Bluegills of at least 8 inches. As with cooking any fish, keep a close eye to avoid drying out. If you’re grilling whole fish, don’t remove the skin before cooking;…

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