It sounds completely dreamy to me: a beautiful warm day, a slight breeze in my hair, nature surrounding me with its sounds and sights, paddle in hand, and water beneath me. If it sounds just as good to you, then grab a friend or family member and go rent a canoe, kayak or paddle board and enjoy paddle sporting in Lake County.
Paddle Sport Rentals in Lake County
Here is a list of where you can find equipment.
Independence Grove Forest Preserve
16400 W. Buckley Rd., Libertyville | (847) 968-3499
One of Lake County’s most beautiful and well-loved forest preserves, Independence Grove hosts canoe and kayak rentals as one of its many amenities. Rentals are by the hour and allow you access to all of the lake at Independence Grove. Paddle boards and human propelled pontoon boats are also for rental. While there you can also check out their trails, beach, concessions, playground and more. Parking is FREE for Lake County residents, but non-Lake County residents must pay $5 on weekdays and $10 on the weekends.
Gills on the Chain (Chain O’ Lakes State Park)
8916 Wilmot Rd, Spring Grove | (847) 587-7165
Located at scenic Chain O’ Lakes State Park, call ahead or show up to rent a canoe, paddle boat or kayak. While there, check out the beautiful trails to walk or run and you can also go for a trail ride!
Fish Lake Beach
32223 N. Highway 12, Volo | (847) 546-2228
Explore scenic Fish Lake by canoe or paddle boat. Canoe rentals are $15 a day and includes four life jackets. Single and double kayak rentals available by the hour. They also boast a clean beach, concessions, camping and more.
Main Street Outfitter
513 S. Main Street, Wauconda | (847) 526-7433
Located in the heart of downtown Wauconda, they offer kayak, canoe and even bike rentals for biking around beautiful Bangs Lake in Wauconda. After you have worked up an appetite stay for their savory eats.
Sunrise Park and Beach
455 Sunrise Drive, Lake Bluff | (847) 234-4150
Part of the Lake Bluff park district and public beach, Sunrise Park and Beach offers canoe and kayak rentals throughout the summer months beginning the end of May through August 10th. The beach is staffed with life guards and is FREE to Lake Bluff residents; admission is $10 for non-residents.
Diamond Lake Beach
1016 Diamond Lake Rd., Mundelein | (847) 566-5650
Part of the Mundelein Park District, this 100 acre scenic locale hosts a clean beach, picnic shelters and kayak, canoe and paddle board rental. Daily rates apply. Once you pay admission, rental rates for canoes, kayaks and paddle boards are some of the most reasonable rates in the area.
Tell us about your favorite place for paddle sports in the comments section.