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10th Annual Chain O’Lakes Raft-up Party

Sunday, August 26, 2017 It’s going to be rafts of Lake County fun!. Join in on the annual Cobalt raft-up party on Channel Lake sand bar. It all begins at 10:30 a.m. on the docks behind Gordy Marine's showroom. Bring your boat and cruise together to the sand bar to anchor-up for some food, music, games and more. Then boat back to Gordy’s docks for a cookout at 5 p.m. RSVP if you’re planning…

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Cleaner Boat Cleaners

Part of keeping your boat shipshape is keeping it clean. A problem arises when cleaning your boat in or near the water. Many commercial cleaners have ingredients that can harm aquatic life and the environment, even if used correctly. You can do your part in protecting the delicate ecology of the lakes and rivers in Lake County First, rinse your boat with fresh water immediately after every use. This will reduce your need for…

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Lake of the Week: Bangs Lake

For great boating and fishing in Lake County, Bangs Lake in Wauconda should be high or your list. Like most of the lakes in Lake County, 306-acre Bangs Lake is a natural glacial lake, formed when Ice Age glaciers retreated 30,000 years ago. The lake is named after Justus Bangs, a settler from Vermont, who, in 1850, helped found the village that would become Waukonda (which means ‘spirit water’ in the Potawatomi language). Once…

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Light Up the Night: Come Celebrate Venetian Night

Picture a parade of boats—large and small—sailing by bedecked in dazzling arrays of lights. That’s the heart of Venetian Night. And in Lake County, you’ll have two choices to enjoy this amazing spectacle: In Fox Lake and in Waukegan. No matter what location you choose—it’ll be a night to remember. Venetian Night: Fox Lake Saturday August 05, 2017 Don’t miss the fun and ‘oohs-and-ahhhs’ of Fox Lake’s 10th Annual Venetian Night and Block Party…

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Safety First: Keep your children protected with an approved life jacket

We want your kids to be safe when boating in Lake County—and that means wearing life jackets. In Illinois, anyone under the age of 13 must wear a life jacket while aboard any watercraft under 26 feet at all times the boat is underway, unless they are below deck in an enclosed cabin or on private property. But be aware—and this is very important—life jackets designed for adults won’t work for children. You must…

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Fishing in Lake County: Yellow Perch

Ah! There’s nothing better frying in a pan than yellow perch fillets. A popular sport fish, yellow perch are sought for their delicious, mild flavor. Yellow perch are one of the most adaptable of predatory fish. They can be found in ponds, lakes and slow-moving rivers and streams. They tolerate water that is acidic or oxygen-deprived. They thrive close to the shore amid aquatic vegetation and also can be found up in waters up…

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Quite Possibly the Best Fish Dish

Baked Blue Gill One of the tastiest, if not the smallest, fresh water fish has got to be Blue Gill. You’ll need to catch at least ten to make a meal, but your effort will be well worth it. Ingredients: 1 Pound Filleted Blue Gill ¼ cup milk ½ teaspoon vinegar ½ cup cornmeal ½ teaspoon onion powder ½ teaspoon garlic powder ½ teaspoon paprika ¼ teaspoon thyme ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper salt and…

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Lake County video features Boating Lake County

Lake County has so much to offer for outdoor family fun this summer from 75 lakes, 100+ beaches, 500 miles of trails and bikeways, our beautiful forest preserves, and of course Great America, festivals and farmer’s markets! In this video, we visit the local gem of Illinois Beach State Park, which stretches for six and a half miles along the sandy shore of Lake Michigan in Northern Lake County. Maureen Riedy, President of the…

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Featured Partner: Skipper Buds

Whether you're looking to buy a boat, have your boat serviced, or store your boat, SkipperBud's should be your destination. With locations in Volo and North Point Marina, SkipperBud's offers boat sales, boat maintenance, winter and summer storage, marina slips, drystack, hauling, financing and insurance. From yachts & speed boats to pontoons, kayaks & watersports accessories, this is where your lake-loving life starts. For more information, check out

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Be safe! Five important things to do before launching your boat this spring.

It’s finally boating season on the beautiful lakes and waterways of Lake County. Make sure it’s a safe one. Before you launch your boat for the first time, check these five vital elements to ensure that your boat is truly good to go: Inspect your trailer. How are the tires? Are the tie-down straps showing wear? Test out the brake and other lighting. Is your drain plug installed? You may think it’s a no-brainer,…

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