Skyview: Fox Lake boats await the 2024 summer season

The 2024 boating season is quickly approaching. Water lovers will get their boats from storage and prepare the vessels for summer fun.

Many marinas store shrink-wrapped boats for the winter, including Ben Watts Marina on Route 12 in Fox Lake. In addition to storage and slip rentals, the marina offers boat sales, repair, maintenance, and fuel. Other marinas on the Chain O’Lakes and Fox River offer similar services. Boat rental is also an option for visitors.

Nine lakes make up the Fox Chain O’ Lakes public waterway, which falls under the authority of the Department of Natural Resources and the Fox Waterway Agency. Thousands of acres of water-oriented recreation is available from Algonquin in McHenry County to Channel Lake and Lake Catherine near Antioch in Lake County.

Fishing, personal watercraft and swimming are additional activities enjoyed during the summer. For current waterway status and more boating information, visit the Fox Waterway Agency’s website at

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