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Boat Launches in Lake County

The last thing I would want to do is go out on a boat in this weather. We chose to live in the Midwest however, and that's just how it goes. But, with the rampant changes of the weather forecast, it seems as though it could be in the 60s or 70s next week. You know what that means. Time to play with our water toys. Unwrap all of that mess off your boat and…

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2016 Northern Illinois Boat Show & Sale

It’s that time of year where boaters salivate like a delicious perch has been placed in front of them in Lake County. The Lake County Fairgrounds & Expo Center in Grayslake is hosting the Northern Illinois Boat Show & Sale. Some of the biggest names in boats, trailers and accessories will be present. Over 50 brands will be on display. At this annual event lasting from Thursday, March 3 – Sunday, March 6 you…

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Ice Fishing in Lake County

The snow is on the ground, the weather is below freezing and there’s ice over the lakes of Lake County. So how in the heck do you get through these non-boating seasons in Lake County? It’s about that time to grab your tackle, rod and tons of bait for some ice fishing.There are a collection of ice derbies starting this weekend in Lake County. However, before you start heading to your shanties and get…

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The 2016 Progressive Chicago Boat, RV & Strictly Show in Chicago

It’s a boat lover’s favorite time of year. The Progressive Chicago Boat, RV & Strictly Show returns to McCormick Center in Chicago.If you are looking to buy or see the latest and most renowned models of spankin’ new or used pontoons, sail boats, campers, bass boats, motorhomes and then some, take a journey down the Windy City.The show is sponsored by Progressive Insurance and runs from Thursday, January 14-18; Thursday & Friday 11 a.m. –…

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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…

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The Prohibition Era on the Fox Chain O’ Lakes

As many know, alcohol was outlawed by the Prohibition law (as well as anti-gaming) from 1919-1933. What many don’t know is that the Chain O’ Lakes was also defiant on those laws as well. Federal and state attorney agents had to obtain permission from Lake County State’s Attorneys before they could get rid of check businesses in the local communities for illegal gambling and alcohol violations.The Fox Chain O’ Lakes resort and hotel owners…

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Certification for a Boater’s License in Illinois

So it’s nearing the end of the summer, but you’re itching to get on the water a few more times before it starts to get cold in Lake County? Before doing so, you have to take an Official Boater Safety Education Course. You don’t want to have that moment where you hear ‘License and registration,’ and get caught in a dilly of a pickle. We have to police ourselves first before we get out…

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Fishing in Lake County in August

Let’s be honest. When you’re in Lake County, it is fishing season year-round. With the temperatures at some of the warmest year round, there’s plenty of fishing to go around.Here are some of the species that are at a high population in Lake County. Use this list when boating in Lake County and you are ready to tackle the beasts of the sea. Largemouth BassThe largemouth bass is a statewide fish that is really…

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Dock and Dine in Lake County

When you’re out on the water having a blast with the wind going through your hair, you could become famished. Wait, you don’t have to get out of your boat and end the day! Take your boat right over to dock and dine in Lake County. Then make your way right back on that water to go tubing, swimming or just speed around in your pontoon boat. One of the beauties of Lake County…

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Personal Guide to Paddle Boarding

Looking at finally get that oar in the water? Then look no further, we have all the information you need to get out there to start paddle boarding! Lake County provides a handful of beaches and marinas where rentals are available. Between the Lake County Forest Preserves, Independence Grove Forest Preserve, and Fish Lake Beach, you will have all of the paddling room you could ask for. Continue reading to get a better idea…

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