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post #5 of Old 05-17-2014
climbhike
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Re: Hi, new to sailing just bought a boat... (Chicago Burbs)

Ahoy, Pirate. I'm a frequent visitor to Chicagoland, I've got kids and grandkids in Aurora, Evanston and Highland Park. There are small sail boats sailed and rented on the Tower Road launch in the Skokie Lagoons. Looks like a smallish lake more suited to kayaks which they also rent. Evanston has a municipal small boat rental facility, Sunfish/Hobies, on Lake Michigan. No radios or lights required. I've kayaked in the area several times on rivers and at Busse Woods. It is a lot more difficult to access the big lake around Chicago. Hard to find a public launch directly to Lake Michigan. I'm in Kalamazoo, Michigan and there are a lot of inland lakes around here. Got to love the large inland lakes along the shoreline of Lake M. Lots of free public launch ramps. Have a great summer with your new boat. Dave G
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