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Lake County Outdoor Guide
Come explore our scenic lakes, rivers and land...

There are numerous outdoor venues to explore nature in Lake County! With 170 lakes and rivers, enjoy Illinois Beach State Park in Zion off the shores of Lake Michigan and Chain O’ Lakes State Park in Spring Grove. Plus, with nearly 31,000 acres of land to explore at the Lake County Forest Preserves, Lake County offers outdoor beauty and trails for those interested in hiking, boating, fishing, bird watching, golf and many other activities. Be sure to take advantage of Lake County’s outdoor adventures.

Run, Hike, Bike
No matter the time of year, you can find a beautiful place to run, hike or bike in Lake County.
Recreation
Lake County’s parks and facilities offer a large range of recreational opportunities to people of all ages, no matter what your interests.
Beaches
Soak up the sun while escaping to paradise at our beaches including Lake Michigan and the Chain O' Lakes.
Golf
Tournament quality courses with a scenic backdrop, Lake County, Illinois makes the ideal golf getaway.
Birdwatching
No matter the time of year, get away from it all and enjoy a kaleidoscope of colors and beauty that our trails offer.
Farmers Markets
Find the freshest, locally grown, and deliciously ripe fruits and vegetables of the season and enjoy homemade goods and family friendly atmosphere.
Boating Lake County
Your information resource for all your boating needs from finding a launch ramp to safety requirements.
Dog Parks
Searching for a place where canine's can mingle, play, roam and splash? Visit a dog park in Lake County so your best friend can get a breath of fresh air.
IL Beach State Park
Encompassing over 6 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, IL Beach State Park is a must-see attraction for any outdoor enthusiast.
Outdoor Beauty
The greatest thing about having so much outdoor beauty is the seasons that come with it.
Sledding & Tubing
Once the snow hits the ground, kids (and children at heart) gravitate towards these snow hills to race their friends and family.
Hit the Ski Trails
See winter in all its splendor when you cross-county ski Lake County's miles and miles of trails.

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Lake County Outdoor Events

04/28/17 - 04/28/17 A Playdate With Nature
04/28/17 - 04/28/17 Superhero Glow Run 5K at Six Flags Great America
04/29/17 - 04/29/17 Rx for Health: Walking in Nature
04/29/17 - 04/29/17 Wildflower Wonders: Wright Woods
04/29/17 - 04/29/17 Astronomy Day
04/29/17 - 04/29/17 Loop the Lakes 5K
04/29/17 - 04/29/17 Arbor Day Park Cleanup
04/29/17 - 04/29/17 Family Kite Fly
04/29/17 - 04/30/17 Midwest Daffodil Society Show
04/30/17 - 04/30/17 International Migratory Bird Day
04/30/17 - 04/30/17 13th Annual Stepping Up To Wellness Run/Walk
04/30/17 - 04/30/17 Divas Half Marathon & 5K
05/02/17 - 05/02/17 Moon Over Mundelein
05/04/17 - 05/04/17 Moon Over Lincolnshire
05/06/17 - 05/06/17 10th Annual Why I Walk
05/06/17 - 05/06/17 5th Annual EmpoweRun 5k Run/Walk
05/06/17 - 05/06/17 12th Annual Arbor Day Tree & Shrub Sale
05/06/17 - 05/06/17 Spring Bird Walk: Ryerson Woods
05/06/17 - 05/06/17 11th Annual Antioch Art Crawl
05/06/17 - 05/06/17 Flying for Kids
05/06/17 - 05/06/17 Barrington Kite Fly and the Family Nature Kid's Fest
05/05/17 - 05/07/17 Cinco De Mayo Festival at The Harbor's Edge
05/06/17 - 05/07/17 Citizens for Conservation’s 21st Annual Native Plant Sale
05/06/17 - 05/07/17 Central States Dahlia Society Show
05/07/17 - 05/07/17 Spring Beauties: Birds and Blooms - Ryerson Woods
05/07/17 - 05/07/17 Back the Blue Barbeque
05/11/17 - 05/11/17 Connecting Kids with Nature at the Greenbelt Cultural Center
05/12/17 - 05/12/17 Skokie Valley Astronomers at Ryerson Woods
05/13/17 - 05/13/17 Organic Spring Plant Sale & Farm Open House
05/13/17 - 05/13/17 Mama’s 5K Run
05/13/17 - 05/13/17 Foodie 5K in Libertyville
05/13/17 - 05/13/17 The Gardeners of Lake County's Annual Plant Sale
05/13/17 - 05/14/17 Annual Native Plant Sale at Independence Grove
05/17/17 - 05/17/17 Vegetable Gardening Basic Free Program
05/17/17 - 05/17/17 Car Fun on 21
05/19/17 - 05/19/17 Lincolnshire's Food Truck Fridays
05/19/17 - 05/19/17 Community Campfire Friday
05/20/17 - 05/20/17 Blarney Island Opening Weekend
05/20/17 - 05/20/17 Live Green Family Festival
05/20/17 - 05/20/17 Annual Carp Fishing Derby
05/20/17 - 05/20/17 Rx for Health: Walking in Nature
05/20/17 - 05/20/17 North Avenue Taps' Spring "May-Lei"
05/20/17 - 05/20/17 Boating Safety Course
05/20/17 - 05/20/17 15th Annual St. Patrick's Spring Raffle
05/20/17 - 05/21/17 Midwest Bonsai Society Spring Bonsai Exhibition
05/20/17 - 05/21/17 Get Growing Weekend
05/21/17 - 05/21/17 2017 Fox Lake Fishing Tournament
05/21/17 - 05/21/17 Free Summer Concert Featuring Mundelein High School Jazz Band
05/21/17 - 05/21/17 Dash for the Dogs 5K Run/Walk
05/21/17 - 05/21/17 Color Vibe
05/21/17 - 05/21/17 60th Annual Des Plaines River Canoe and Kayak Marathon
05/23/17 - 05/23/17 Playdate with Nature
04/08/17 - 05/27/17 Grayslake's Spring Farmers Market
04/05/17 - 07/25/17 Camp Adler Enrollment Open
05/03/17 - 10/04/17 Lake Zurich's Cruise Nights
04/01/17 - 10/29/17 Lambs Farm Farmyard Open for the Season
05/13/17 - 10/29/17 Model Railroad Garden 'Landmarks of America'
Ongoing Guided Tours at Volo Bog


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LakeCounty
No matter which route you take, all roads lead to fun in Lake County, Illinois, which is located halfway between Chicago and Milwaukee. Lake County is home to 170 lakes and rivers, 30,000 acres of lush forest preserves, miles of hiking and biking trails, Six Flags Great America, Naval Station Great Lakes, Ravinia Festival and sandy beaches along Lake Michigan's shoreline. Family adventure is around every turn and awaits you in Lake County.
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