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 Illinois Department of Natural Resources (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. All persons in a rented canoe or kayak must wear a personal flotation device at Monee Reservoir and at District-sponsored programs.

Boats may be launched between April 1 and Oct. 31. Private boats may not be launched at Monee Reservoir. Canoes and kayaks are allowed. 

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

Inflatable watercraft is permitted. Swimming and wading 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.

 

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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 Troy Township, 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. Only rented boats may be launched at Monee Reservoir (with the exception of canoes and kayaks).

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Activity fees

Anchor rental

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

Canoe and kayak rental

Canoes and kayaks are rented on a first-come, first-served basis at Monee Reservoir May 1-Sept. 30. With a rental, life vests, oars, and paddles are included.

Canoes have a maximum capacity of three persons per canoe. Regular kayaks have a maximum capacity of one person per kayak, and tandem kayaks have a maximum capacity of two persons per kayak.

A $20 cash deposit is required. 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. Sept. 15-Sept. 30, or 7:00 p.m. May 1-Sept. 14.
Activity fee: $15/hour, $35/half-day

Kayak rentals are being offered by The Forge at Whalon Lake, which obtained a concessions license with the District. A maximum of 30 rented kayaks will be allowed at one time on the lake, which has an 80-watercraft limit. Private kayaks can still be launched on the lake. Current costs and hours that rentals are available can be found on The Forge's Whalon Lake Kayak Rentals website.

Pedal boat rental

Pedal boats are typically available for rental at Monee Reservoir May 1-Oct. 31. Pedal boats 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 7 p.m. May 1-Sept. 14 or 5 p.m. Sept. 15-Oct. 31,
Activity Fee: $15/hour

Rowboat rental

Rowboats are typically available for rental at Monee Reservoir April 1-Oct. 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 Sept. 15-Oct. 31, or 7 p.m. May 1-Sept. 14.

Activity Fee: $15/hour, $35/half-day, $45/day

Trolling motor only rental

Trolling motors are available for rental at Monee Reservoir.

Activity Fee: $10/hour

Trolling motor battery only rental

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

Activity Fee: $10/hour

Trolling motor and battery rental

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

Activity Fee: $15/hour, $35/half-day, $45/day