Boating in Illinois

Learn more about Illinois’s boat registration requirements, state regulations and best places to boat with your family and friends.

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Top Boating Spots in Illinois

Chain O'Lakes State Park
This Park is a water-oriented recreation area with outstanding opportunities for anglers and boaters.
Jim Edgar Panther Creek Park
This Park is 40 miles from Springfield is a great place to catch largemouth bass, crappie, catfish, muskie on Prairie Lake.
Johnson Sauk Trail State Park
This Park has a 58-acre lake with excellent populations of largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, channel catfish and bullhead.
Tips for Protecting Fish and Water Resources

Tips for Protecting Fish and Water Resources

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Boating and Fishing Etiquette: Wake Up

Boating and Fishing Etiquette: Wake Up

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5 Boater Safety Courses That Prevent Common Accidents

5 Boater Safety Courses That Prevent Common Accidents

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Boating Safety

Boat Safety Checklist

Boat Safety Checklist

Before you leave shore, take the time to read through this boat safety checklist.

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Boat Safety Equipment

Boat Safety Equipment

Learn about the essential boat safety equipment you should have on board at all times

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Boat Safety Courses

Boat Safety Courses

Education is one of the most important aspects of boating safely and responsibly.

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