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No Aquatic Weed Control at Monee Reservoir

The District will forego the treatment of aquatic vegetation around Monee Reservoir's shoreline this year.

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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. Private boats may not be launched at Monee Reservoir. Canoes and kayaks are allowed with a launch pass.

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 Programs

Boating programs are offered seasonally at select preserves. Visit the Event Calendar for program listings. 

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.

Pedal boats 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 which require a launch pass).

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Activity Fees

Anchor Rental

Anchors are available for rental at Monee Reservoir.
Activity Fee: $1/day

Pedal Boat Rental

Pedal boats 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 pedal boats.

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 p.m. in April and September 15-October 31, or 7 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 p.m. in April and September 15-October 31, or 7 p.m. May 1-September 14.

Activity Fee: $7/hour, $25/half-day, $30/day

Trolling Motor Only Rental

Trolling motors are available for rental at Monee Reservoir.

Activity Fee: $5/hour, $20/half-day, $25/day

Trolling Motor Battery Only Rental

Batteries for personal trolling motors are available for rental at Monee Reservoir.

Activity Fee: $5/hour, $20/half-day, $25/day

Trolling Motor and Battery Rental

Trolling motors and batteries may also be rented as a package at Monee Reservoir.

Activity Fee: $7/hour, $25/half-day, $30/day

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