Lake County Paddling

Boating, Canoeing & Kayaking

Launch your canoe, kayak or other small boat at one of six launches along the Des Plaines River, Sterling Lake at Van Patten Woods (Wadsworth), or on Long Lake at Grant Woods (Lake Villa).  Launching is free and at your own risk.  You’ll need approved flotation gear and your boat must be properly registered with the state of Illinois.  Trailers are permitted but parking at some sites may be limited to grass overflow parking lot.  Electric trolling motors are allowed.  A variety of small boats are available for rent at Independence Grove.  For larger boats, Fox River Forest Preserve has one of the best equipped daily launches on the Fox River and slips are available for rent in the preserve’s beautiful 169-slip marina. 

Chain O'Lakes State Park
(Spring Grove)
Located in the heart of Illinois' largest concentration of natural lakes, Chain O...

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Diamond Lake Beach & Recreational Center
Diamond Lake Beach and Recreation Center is 100 acres of bliss. It includes a pr...

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Fish Lake Beach Campground
Visit Fish Lake Beach for family fun!  Experience a family-friendly getaway...

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Great Lakes Marina at Naval Station Great Lakes
(Great Lakes)
The Great Lakes Marina, located on beautiful Lake Michigan at the Naval Station Great...

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Independence Grove Forest Preserve
This scenic 1,151-acre forest preserve offers a wide range of outdoor recreation and ...

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Lake County Forest Preserves
As principal guardian of Lake County’s open space and natural areas since 1958,...

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