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Introducing BoatingLakeCounty.com. Here, you’ll find the information you need to boat safely and enjoyably in Lake County, Illinois. Bring your boat, rent a boat or charter a boat, whether you’re into fishing, waterskiing, canoeing, paddle-boarding, kayaking, or sailing you’ll find fun on our 75 lakes and miles of Lake Michigan beachfront.

Preaching Boating Safety

Jim Kelsey of Gordy's Boats in Fox Lakes talks to Visit Lake County Marketing Manager, Anthony, about the basic needs for a safe day on the water.

Upcoming Events

01/31/15 in Wauconda

The LVVA 6th Annual Fishing Derby

Lake View Villa Park - Come out for the 6th Annual Ice Fishing Derby. Fishing begins at 7am, with registration beginning at 5am. Entry forms can be downloaded from the rules page to help speed up the process. Prizes will be awarded for the biggest northern, bass, crappie, bluegill, and perch. There also will be side raffles for additional prizes. Bait will be available at the check-in tent from Smitty's Bait & Tackle. A Special Fly-Over from the North American T-6 Texan during the National Anthem. If there is bad ice the make-up date will be February 15th. - Saturday: 7am More Info


04/25/15 in Lake Forest

Lake Forest's Smelt-O-Rama

The Boating Pavillion at Forest Park Beach - Seasoned anglers will be on hand to demonstrate demonstrate two methods of smelting: done-gill line and dip netting. Learn how to catch, clean and cook these tasty little critters! A limited numberof nets will be provided by the RecreationDepartment so that everyone will have achance to get into the action. Event begins at sundown and goes until 10pm. Don't miss out on the free family event. - Saturday: Sundown - 10pm More Info


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