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Per­son­al Guide to Pad­dle Boarding

482079410 Paddle Board Lesson And Rental

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 on whether per­son­al water crafts are per­mit­ted, rentals are avail­able, or if there are any fees to launch at each of these locations. 

Lake Coun­ty For­est Preserves
Bring your own car­top boat, canoe, kayak, stand up pad­dle­board or oth­er small, non-motor­ized water­craft and launch it on one of three three inland lakes” – Ster­ling Lake, Long Lake, & Hast­ings Lake
Launch­ing is free and to be done at your own risk. You’ll need approved flota­tion gear along with your non-motor­ized water­craft dis­play­ing a manda­to­ry Water Usage Stamp issued by the Illi­nois Depart­ment of Nat­ur­al Resources. Elec­tric trolling motors are allowed. Trail­ers are per­mit­ted only at Van Pat­ten Woods but park­ing is lim­it­ed to the grass over­flow area.

Fish Lake Beach
Explore beau­ti­ful Fish Lake by pad­dle boat or row­boat. Elec­tric trolling motors are wel­come, but no gas motors please. Life jack­ets includ­ed with pad­dle boat and kayak rental.

Row­boat Rental: $10.00 per day $1.00 per life jacket
Pad­dle­boat Rentals: $5.00 per 12 hour / $8.00 full hour
Kayak Rental: $10 per hour; $20 for 2 hours

Inde­pen­dence Grove For­est Preserve
Whether you want to fish, pad­dle solo or take the fam­i­ly for a bike or boat ride, the mari­na at Inde­pen­dence Grove For­est Pre­serve in Lib­er­tyville has a vari­ety of bikes, boats and oth­er small water­craft to choose from. The mari­na also sells bait, tack­le, fish­ing licens­es, snacks and bev­er­ages. The mari­na is locat­ed along the south bay of the preserve’s 115-acre lake. Though per­son­al water­craft are not allowed on the lake at Inde­pen­dence Grove, you can rent fish­ing boats, canoes, kayaks, stand up pad­dle­boards, and ped­al boats. Must be age 16 or old­er to reserve boats or bikes. Ages 12 – 15 may reserve with a sig­na­ture of a par­ent or guardian who is present at the pre­serve. Ages 11 and under must be accom­pa­nied by an adult when on the water. There are no age restric­tions for passengers.

Ped­al boat $10 $5
Canoe $10 $5
Kayak, 1-per­son $10 $5
Kayak, 2-per­son $12 $6
Stand up pad­dle­board $15

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