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Lake County Illinois CVB

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.
Lake County’s parks and facilities offer a large range of recreational opportunities to people of all ages, no matter what your interests.
Soak up the sun while escaping to paradise at our beaches including Lake Michigan and the Chain O' Lakes.
Tournament quality courses with a scenic backdrop, Lake County, Illinois makes the ideal golf getaway.
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 six 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.
Hooked on fishing? Reel in the 'catch of the day' in one of Lake County's 75 inland lakes.

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Lake County Outdoor Events

01/24/19 - 01/24/19 Keying into Nature
01/24/19 - 01/24/19 Winter Tree Walk
01/25/19 - 01/25/19 Lincolnshire Skate Night
01/26/19 - 01/26/19 Pond Hockey
01/26/19 - 01/26/19 Half Day Brewing Frozen Tundra 5K & Beach Party
01/26/19 - 01/26/19 Forest Bathing at Volo Bog State Natural Area
02/02/19 - 02/02/19 Long Grove Cocoa Crawl
02/09/19 - 02/09/19 LVVA Annual Fishing Derby
02/09/19 - 02/09/19 The Tempel Lipizzans Behind-The-Scenes Tour
02/09/19 - 02/10/19 59th Annual Chain O' Lakes Fishing Derby and Winter Festival
02/10/19 - 02/10/19 Chairlift Speed Dating
02/10/19 - 02/10/19 Bird Walk at Volo Bog
02/15/19 - 02/18/19 President's Day Sale
01/13/19 - 02/24/19 Free Yoga Classes
Ongoing Cruise Night at Miller's Dog N Suds
Ongoing Mundelein's Farmers Market
Ongoing Barrington's Farmers Market
Ongoing Ravinia Farmers Market
Ongoing Bunny Hill Basics
Ongoing MainStreet Libertyville's Lunch in the Park
Ongoing Guided Tours at Volo Bog

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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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