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Boating

The Forest Preserve offers fishing boat launches and rowboat rentals at select preserves. Fishing boat launches provide trailer parking, and there is no launch fee.

Boating Regulations

All watercraft must be registered with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). All IDNR boating regulations are enforced.

Federal and State regulations require that watercraft contain one well-fitting personal flotation device (PFD) for each person on the watercraft. Children under the age of 13 must wear PFDs when on water. The Forest Preserve District requires all individuals regardless of age to wear PFDs when in private canoes and kayaks.

Boats may be launched between April 1 and October 31.

Non-gasoline powered watercraft up to 18 feet are permitted, including fishing boats, rowboats, canoes, and kayaks. Sailboats are not permitted. Only electric trolling motors can be used. (Gas-powered motors must be raised and out of the water.)

Inflatable watercraft registered with IDNR is permitted. Swimming, wading, and float tubes are prohibited. Persons must be entirely secured in watercraft.

Additional regulations apply. For more information, download the District's General Use Ordinance No. 124 or call 815.727.8700.

Boating Locations

Boat launches are located at Whalon Lake in Naperville and Rock Run Rookery Preserve in Joliet. At Rock Run Rookery Preserve, boats are not allowed in the small west lake, or in the portion of the large east lake, marked by buoys, which protects an established rookery.

Boating is also allowed at Lake Chaminwood Preserve in Minooka, but only watercraft that can be carried on top of a vehicle is permitted. There is no boat trailer parking at the preserve.

Pedalboats and rowboats are available for rental at Monee Reservoir. Fishing is permitted from rowboats, and trolling motors are also available for rental. Life vests, oars, and paddles are included with the rental. Boats are rented on a first-come, first-served basis and are typically available April 1-October 31. Only rented boats may be launched at Monee Reservoir (with the exception of canoes and kayaks).

Learn more about fishing at these locations.

Photograph Courtesy of Glenn P. Knoblock

Activity Fees
Pedalboat Rental
Pedalboats are typically available for rental at Monee Reservoir April 1-October 31. Pedalboats have a maximum capacity of four persons per boat (955 pounds). There is no fishing from pedalboats.

A $20 cash deposit is required on all boat rentals. Renters must be 18 years old and bring a valid driver's license or state ID. A $20 late fee will be charged if boats are not returned by 5:00 p.m. in April and September 15-October 31, or 7:00 p.m. May 1-September 14.
Activity Fee: $10/hour
Rowboat Rental
Rowboats are typically available for rental at Monee Reservoir April 1-October 31. Rowboats have a maximum capacity of four persons per boat. Only electric trolling motors are allowed. Boats must leave the dock while fishing.

A $20 cash deposit is required on all boat rentals. Renters must be 18 years old and bring a valid driver's license or state ID. A $20 late fee will be charged if boats are not returned by 5:00 p.m. in April and September 15-October 31, or 7:00 p.m. May 1-September 14.
Activity Fee: $7/hour, $25/half-day, $30/day
Trolling Motor Battery Rental
Batteries for personal trolling motors are available for rental at Monee Reservoir.
Activity Fee: $5/hour, $20/half-day, $25/day
Trolling Motor Rental
Trolling motors are available for rental at Monee Reservoir.
Activity Fee: $7/hour, $25/half-day, $30/day
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You can enjoy this activity at the following locations:

Preserves
Lake Chaminwood Preserve (Minooka)
Monee Reservoir (Monee)
Rock Run Rookery Preserve (Joliet)
Whalon Lake (Naperville)
Visitor Centers
Monee Reservoir Visitor Center (Monee)
 
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