Boat Family
Canoe
Family Boat 1
Family Boat 4

Boating in Lake County, Illinois

Useful boating links

Download: Illinois Watercraft Registration / Title Application Form

Renew your Watercraft Registration Online

Reference Guide to Illinois Boating Laws

Boating

Name/Description City

Chain O’Lakes State Park

Located in the heart of Illinois' largest concentration of natural lakes, Chain O'Lakes State Park is a water oriented recreation area with outstanding opportunities for boaters, anglers and skiers. The park borders three natural lakes - Grass, Marie and Nippersink - and the Fox River. The park also contains…
Spring Grove

Independence Grove Forest Preserve

This scenic 1,135-acre preserve offers a wide range of outdoor recreation and education opportunities centered around a 115-acre lake reclaimed from a gravel quarry. Visitors can enjoy swimming, fishing and boating, a Marina with boat and bike rentals, a native garden and nearly seven miles of trails. The spacious…
Libertyville

Lake County Forest Preserves

We currently manage more than 29,200 acres of land and offer innovative educational, recreational and cultural opportunities for all ages. Visitors enjoy more than 154 miles of trail for a variety of outdoor recreation uses, fishing ponds and lakes, public access to the Fox River and the Lake Michigan…
Libertyville

Lindy’s Landing

Lindy’s Landing has been known as family place to swim, picnic, boat and fish since the 1960's and remains a version of the original building built in 1908. Three generations later, Lindy's remains a favorite destination for dining on Wauconda's beautiful Bangs Lake. Choose from the dining room menu…
Wauconda

Skipper Bud’s Sequoit Harbor

Sequoit Harbor Marina is located on beautiful Lake Marie in Antioch. Your Full Service on the water, Marina includes slip, sales, service, storage and parts. SALES HOURS: Monday - Friday: 9 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. Saturday: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. SERVICE HOURS: Monday-Saturday:…
Antioch

SkipperBud’s Volo

SkipperBud's is a retail boat sales company. We have everything for your boating lifestyle including service, storage, piers & hoists, slips, dry stack & accessories. SEE WHAT OTHER BOATERS ARE DOING: -Cruises, photos and experiences -Boating classes -Women in Boating -Yacht Club Events WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THE BOAT MARKET:…
Round Lake

Bangs Lake Beach & Marina

Bangs Lake is a natural glacial lake located in northeastern Lake County and is considered a popular destination for family recreation in the Chicagoland area. Beach and marina. Beach passes available - Proof of residency will be required at the time of registration. …
Wauconda

Barnacle Bob’s

We provide you with fishing and pontoon rental. We are located on Lake Marie on the Fox Chain of Lakes, in Antioch! Stop on by and enjoy breakfast or lunch in our Diner! Boat Rentals Call to make reservations. Half day reservations and hourly rates are only available on…
Antioch

Battalion 1 Sport - Fishing Charters

Battalion 1 Sport-Fishing Charters is located in Waukegan Harbor, IL., which is midway between Chicago, IL. and Milwaukee, WI. Our port is minutes away from Great Lakes Naval Training Academy and within walking distance of the Metra train depot. We offer fun-filled Lake Michigan salmon & trout fishing charters…
Waukegan

Ben Watts Marina

Located in northeastern Illinois, midway between Chicago and Milwaukee, in the town of Fox Lake, Ben Watts Marina was started in 1954 by our namesake and founder. Today, the marina is owned and operated by his third and fourth generations. Ben Watts Marina maintains and stores boats from 12…
Fox Lake

C.J. Smith Resort

For 86 years, C. J. Smith Resort has provided everything needed to enjoy a day of fishing and boating on the beautiful Chain O' Lakes in northern Illinois. C. J. Smith Resort is a family owned and operated business since 1929. We believe in providing exceptional service and reasonable…
Antioch

Captain Don’s Charter Fishing

Captain Don's guide service is a Lake Michigan Salmon and Trout fishing operation located in Waukegan Harbor Illinois. Captain Don is a full time Illinois licensed fishing guide and USCG licensed charter captain. His boat is the Spendthrift II, a 36 foot Tiara Open. Plan now for your fishing…
Waukegan

Chain O’Lakes Charters

Chain O’Lakes Charters is your family safe way to enjoy water sports and cruises on the great Fox Chain of Lakes Waterway. We provide a variety of cruise venues in 1 hour, 2 hour, half day and full day packages and depart from your choice of 7 conveniently located…
Antioch

Chicago Sailing - Waukegan

Chicago Sailing is passionate about wind, water, and the magic of sailing. Our goal is to inspire that passion in you and launch you on a lifetime of adventure. Whether you are a landlubber or a seasoned old salt, Chicago Sailing is the answer to your sailing goals. Chicago…
Waukegan

Dell V Fishing Charters

Sport Fishing charters for King Salmon, Coho Salmon, Chinook, Steelhead, Lake Trout, Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, and Perch fishing on Lake Michigan, just minutes from Chicago at Waukegan Harbor with USCG licensed Captain Rick White aka Captain Punch. …
Waukegan

Dolphin Harbor

Dolphin Harbor in Old Mill Creek offers boaters and campers an ideal location, right on the edge of Grass Lake. With seasonal rates for boat slip rentals, they also offer year round campsite and boat storage rentals. Dolphin Harbor is a gated community of campers and boaters with clean…
Antioch

Fish Lake Beach

This campground has been family owned and operated since 1939. This is a great place to spend some quality family time or just to get away for some fishing, swimming and picnicking. All of the campsites have water, electricity, and fire rings. Campers can use the swimming pool, kiddie…
Volo

Five Star Boat Center

Welcome to Five Star Boat Center, a 105 Slip private/gated marina and dealership, selling Larson and Wellcraft. We are the clear leader in providing an upscale boating facility for Chain O'Lakes boaters. Featuring the best location and closest marina coming north out of the Suburbs, a New pier system,…
Fox Lake

Fox Lake Harbor

We are the premier dealer on the Fox Lake Chain O'Lakes. We have been in business since 1952, with the same owner for all of those 60 years. That says a lot! Not only do we sell some of the best brands in boating, we have a terrific staff…
Fox Lake

Fox River Marina

Located within the Fox River Forest Preserve in Port Barrington. Boat slips, floating pier, public boat launch, indoor dry storage, and paved parking lots are available. The surrounding water makes a great playground for a variety of sports, including wakeboarding, water skiing, tubing and fishing. You’ll need approved flotation…
Barrington

Gill’s at Chain O’Lakes State Park

Gill's at the Chain O'Lakes State Park is a convenient bait and tackle store where campers can also pick up a few necessities including all the ingredients for S'mores! Don't forget to stop by Gill Galley's for all of your camping refreshments. Gill's offers a variety of canoe trips,…
Spring Grove

Gordy’s Marine

Gordy’s Marine is your exclusive Cobalt Dealer in the Chicago-land and Southeastern Wisconsin area. We are a Marine Industry Certified Dealership, are rated in the Top 100 Dealers yearly, and were awarded ‘Best Service Department’ in North America for 2012 by Boating Industry. Our Fox Lake Marina offers Cobalt…
Fox Lake

Great Lakes Yacht Sales

Shop for your dream boat at their large indoor boat and sales showroom floor! Their collection features a large pontoon boat display, including Christ Craft & Harris pontoons with many different kinds of options. They also offer brokerage services as well as used boat sales. Park your new dream…
Fox Lake

Jet Funn

With over 25 years experience we have the expertise to help you have fun on the Fox with boat rentals or wave runner rentals. Our team of experts can help you on your way to enjoying the Chain of Lakes whether you rent a boat or wave runner from…
Fox Lake

Jones Island Community Park

This park offers 5 acres of fun located on Grays Lake. Activities include a swimming beach, fishing, picnic shelter, ice skating, playground, ramp for boat launching and 2 sand volleyball courts.…
Grayslake

Lake Marie Lodge

Lake Marie Lodge is a comfortable dining/drinking venue for boaters, bikers and Lake County Locals alike. The Lodge, originally called the Dirty Rooster is the perfect experience located in Antioch on the renowned Chain O’ Lakes. As a part of the Chain O’ Lakes community, Lake Marie Lodge is…
Antioch

Lake Michigan Charter Fishing - Waukegan Harbor

Waukegan Harbor and Marina offers the finest in boating with 1,000-slip marina. A wide range of amenities and activities make the harbor more than just a place to tie up your boat. Besides the freedom of Lake Michigan, the harbor offers an extended season. The Waukegan Harbor is conveniently…
Waukegan

Lake Minear Beach

Lake Minear Beach is Lake County's premier member-supported 72-acre beach with swimming in the summer, year-round fishing, and a schedule of fun events for members.Play and swim in the refreshing spring-fed waters or just relax on the clean sandy beach. The picnic area is equipped with several picnic tables…
Libertyville

Larsen Marine Service

Since 1933, three generations of the Larsen family have worked hard to provide the Lake Michigan boater with all their boating needs, including quality service, excellent storage facilities and a professional sales staff. Satisfied customers and dedicated employees have helped us grow into a modern 16 acre boatyard and…
Waukegan

Mineola Marine

Mineola is a full service marina resting on the Fox and Nippersank Lakes. They specialize in towing, storage, welding, remodeling and repairs on boats. Shore station sales include pontoon, PWC and other boat necessities and tools. …
Fox Lake

Munson Marine

Munson Marine is committed to earning your business and that of your friends and family. Whatever your boating needs: New boat, used boat, brokerage, service, parts, storage or in-water slips, give us a call today for all your family boating needs.…
Ingleside

North Point Marina

Quiet, serene and safe, North Point Marina offers the relaxation you expect and the nurturing you need in a natural and lush recreational setting. North Point Marina is a World Class Marina at a World Class Value to you: convenient on-site amenities such as boat maintenance and repair, fuel,…
Winthrop Harbor

Pedersen Marine Inc.

Pedersen Marina is a family owned marina that offers 80 Boat Slips free of wave action even in a storm, for boats 16-34'. Their “no wake” location with quick road access, only seven miles from I-94 makes a trip up to the boat a pleasurable experience. Enjoy a private…
Antioch

Popeye Fishing Charters

Whether an experienced fisherman or never having held a fishing rod, Popeye Fishing Charters will ensure an enjoyable fishing trip. Captain Bill and his crew will set up all the gear, net the fish, and prepare the fresh fillets for the grill. All equipment, tackle, and bait is provided.…
Waukegan

Porthole Marina

Our spacious and tranquil marina has 35 slips with water and electric connection that will accommodate boats from 12 feet to 28 feet. Currently we have open slips that can accommodate cabin cruisers up to 30 ft. Arriving by land, we are located in Antioch, IL off Grass Lake…
Antioch

Skipper Bud’s North Point

Largest yacht dealer on the Great Lakes! Visit the showroom and in-water display of the best new and pre-owned craft. Full service and parts department, storage.…
Winthrop Harbor

Spring Lake Marina & Campground

Situated on over 8 acres of land, they are conveniently located off of Grass Lake, only 1/4 mile west of Route 59 in Antioch. Family owned and operated by Bob and Nancy since 1984, Spring Lake Marina offers a full service marina with over 65 boat slips, accessible through…
Antioch

Steitz’s

Inside of this legendary Antioch business, you journey down the roads of the past, present and future. Steitz’s is not only a restaurant and bar, but it is also a marina, RV Park and a Lake County boater service provider. The RV Park is a second home many as…
Antioch

Turtle Beach Marina

Turtle Beach Marina has the largest beach on the Chain, perfect for sunbathing, volleyball and Jet Ski parking. A children's playground, 4 cute cottages, 55 boat slips, boat ramp, restaurant & bar on several acres offer the largest picnic area and parking capabilities for pre-planned large events or a…
Antioch

Wauconda Boat

Pontoon boats, kayaks, paddle boarding, rowboats and more! Wauconda Boat is a full service marina on Bangs Lake in Wauconda Illinois, offering boat slips, service and sales with certified and Master technicians on staff. They sell Bombardier, Mercury Marine, Evinrude and Johnson motors and parts. Rent a kayak or…
Wauconda

Waukegan Harbor & Marina

Waukegan Harbor and Marina offers the finest in boating with 1,000-slip marina. A wide range of amenities and activities make the harbor more than just a place to tie up your boat. Besides the freedom of Lake Michigan, the harbor offers an extended season. The Waukegan Harbor is conveniently…
Waukegan

Waukegan Port District

Located just a short hour drive north of Chicago, Waukegan Harbor has been known as the home of unsurpassed customer service provided by an experienced, friendly and dedicated staff of year round professionals for over 50 years. Offering competitive slip rates with no hidden fees, taxes or additional rates…
Waukegan

Waukegan-North Point Sport Fishing , Inc

Nick Ganzer is a full time USCG charter captain and has been offering a first class fishing experience since 1974. We cater to everyone from casual to professional sport fishermen and families, with enough action to keep even the most active kids entertained for a fun, relaxing 5 hour…
Lake Forest

Blarney Island: The Key West of the Midwest

Newsletter Sign Up

Tile Docklines

Subscribe Now

Fees & Stickers

Tile Stickers

Learn More

Boat Ramp Maps

Tile Maps

Download Now

Featured Partner

Blarney-ad2

Visit Site

Get your Lake County, Illinois Visitors Guide now!

Download Visitors Guide Request Visitor Info