Boating

Maple Lake Boat Rental Closed

Boat rentals are not available at this location due to construction. Please note that private boats are not allowed at this location. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Saganashkee Slough Canoe

Enjoy recreational boating on lakes and rivers throughout the Forest Preserves.

 

Permitted Boats & Watercraft

The following types of boats and watercraft are permitted in certain areas. Please see the complete list of boating locations below for specific regulations:

 

  • Sailboats
  • Rowboats
  • Canoes
  • Kayaks
  • Non-gasoline powered watercraft (of either traditional construction, or multi-chambered inflatables with a factory installed floor and hull identification number)
  • Radio-controlled boats
  • Floatplanes

 

Gas-powered motorboats are NOT allowed on Forest Preserves property. Flotation devices—including inner-tubes, fly-fishing float-tubes or pontoons, sail-surf boards, towables or inflatable pool toys, lounges or rafts—are prohibited.

 

Boats must be registered and titled with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources or state of residence and must display their registration. Personal flotation devices, as mandated by federal law, are required for all watercraft.

 

Boating Rivers

 

Des Plaines River
All watercraft are allowed. Outboard motorboats only. One ramp located at Plank Road Meadow, Ogden Avenue and First Avenue, Lyons. Outboard motorboat launch ramps at Allison Woods, Prospect Heights; Stony Ford, Lyons; Columbia Woods, Willow Springs; Lemont Landing, Lemont.

 

Little Calumet River
All watercraft are allowed. Outboard motorboat s only. Two ramps located: North of Jackson St. east of Ashland, Riverdale; and south of 130th St., west of Ford Expressway, Chicago.

 

I & M Canal (Willow Springs area)
Canoes only. Enter at Willow Springs Road

 

Boating Lakes

 

Beck Lake
Canoes, kayaks, rowboats, sailboats and electric motorboats allowed. Located: Central & River Road, Des Plaines.

 

Big Bend Lake
Canoes, kayaks, rowboats, sailboats and electric motorboats allowed. Located: East River Road south of Golf Road, Des Plaines.

 

Busse Reservoir
Canoes, kayaks, rowboats and sailboats are permitted in Main Lake and South Pool. Electric motorboats allowed at Main Lake only. Ramps available at both. Located: Higgins Road & I-290, Elk Grove Village.

*BOAT RENTAL AVAILABLE

 

Maple Lake

Rowboats and electric motorboats rental boats are allowed. No private boats allowed. Located: Wolf Road & 95th Street, Willow Springs.

*BOAT RENTALS ARE CURRENTLY NOT AVAILABLE DUE TO CONSTRUCTION

 

Powderhorn Lake
Canoes, kayaks, rowboats, sailboats and electric motorboats allowed. Located: Brainerd Ave. east of Burnham Ave., Chicago.

 

Saganashkee Slough
Canoes, kayaks, rowboats, sailboats and electric motorboats allowed. Boat launch at west parking lot. Located: 107th Street, between Archer Ave. & Willow Springs Road.

 

Skokie Lagoons
Canoes, kayaks, rowboats, sailboats and electric motorboats allowed. Forest Preserves partner canoe and kayak rental available. Boat ramp off of Tower Rd. entrance. Located: between Dundee and Willow Roads, east of the Edens Expressway.

 

Tampier Lake
Canoes, kayaks, rowboats and electric motorboats allowed. Boat ramp at main parking lot off 131st. Located: 131st Street, west of Wolf Road, Orland Park.

*BOAT RENTAL AVAILABLE

 

Boat Rental

Boat rental is available at Busse Reservoir and Tampier Lake (Maple Lake boat house is currently under construction). Boats are available for rental beginning at 6 am and must be returned no later than 7:30 pm. The rental season is weather dependent, but generally lasts from early April through late October.

 

Regulations: Must be 21 or older with valid drivers license to rent boat and motor (I.D. card or tickets not acceptable). Four people per boat, two people per canoe (including small children and babies). Only 1 person can rows the boat. No pets. No glass bottles. Cash only.

 

 

Busse Reservoir Boat Concessions

Located at Main Lake, Higgins Road & I-290, Elk Grove Village. For reservations please call 847-228-5253.

 

Rental Item Rate Limit
Boat or Canoe (no motor) $12/hour 1 hour minimum
Boat or Canoe (no motor) $30/hour 8 hours
Boat (with motor) $16/hour 2 hour minimum
Boat (with motor) $50/hour 8 hours
Paddle Boat $10/hour no day rate
Kayak $12/hour no day rate
Additional battery $10 per day
Anchor $1 per day
Cushion $1 per day

 

Broken Equipment Fee
Oar $40
Oar Locks $15
Props $20
Anchor $15

 

 

Tampier Lake Boat Concessions

Located at 131st Street, west of Wolf Road, Orland Park. For reservations please call 708-361-0460.

 

Rental Item Rate Limit
Boat or Canoe (no motor) $15/hour 1 hour minimum
Boat or Canoe (no motor) $35/hour 8 hours
Boat (with motor) $18/hour 2 hour minimum
Boat (with motor) $60/hour 8 hours
Additional battery $10 per day
Anchor $1 per day
Cushion $1 per day

 

Broken Equipment Fee
Oar $40
Oar Locks $15
Props $20
Anchor $15

 

 

Fishing Guide

The Fishing Guide  lists all fishing and boating locations, and all regulations and other information, including maps of all lakes, ponds, quarries, reservoirs and sloughs open to fishing and boating within the Forest Preserves. The guide is available here for downloading in PDF format. Printed copies of the Fishing Guide are available at the Forest Preserves Headquarters in River Forest and also our Nature Centers.

 

 

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