Where can I go boating?
Visitors can rent rowboats, canoes and kayaks at Herrick Lake at Herrick Lake Forest Preserve and Silver Lake at Blackwell Forest Preserve. A driver’s license is required as a deposit for all rentals.
Boaters with valid District permits can use select private non-gasoline-powered watercraft on lakes at three forest preserves: Silver Lake at Blackwell, Round Meadow Lake at Hidden Lake and Mallard Lake at Mallard Lake. Owners must register their watercraft with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. For complete information on rentals and private-boating permits, visit Boating.