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Anybody boat in the chicago/northwest indiana region?

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  • Anybody boat in the chicago/northwest indiana region?

    Just bought my first boat and would like to know of a good lake to learn the ropes on, decent ramp and not terribly busy. Does anybody knows if a lake this this exists in the northwest indiana region?

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    Hey man, just got my first boat, myself. I live over in the SW suburbs and was wondering the same thing. Any luck with locations? I've been out on the Kank with a buddy, that seemed gross for tubing and I've heard it can get pretty sketchy as far as downed trees, depth, floating refrigerators (?), Etc. The guy I bought from would run down to Cedar Lake in Indiana, but was wondering if you've found any good spots for amateur hour to play out with relatively minimal risk of damage to self and others. I've also heard there's a nice stretch of the Fox by Genieva.

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    • #3
      A friend of mine lives in Plymouth IN, likes to head into MI, about 30 miles NE of Elkhart to a city called Three Rivers.

      I wouldn't suggest the Fox Lake region, or Lake Geneva. They are both a zoo.

      Lake Beulah in east Troy WI is a relatively peaceful lake.

      Both are probably a little farther than either of you want to drive, but your other choice is to move 150 miles north and become a cheesehead.

      Go Packers !
      Medford, WI


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      • #4
        Ruckus, sorry it took so long. I went out to cedar lake a few afternoons but the public access on that lake is crazy busy and only 2 small ramps. I waited for almost a hour to get my boat back on my teailer and its a small busy lake. I went up to hardy dam on the muskegon river in newago michigan a few times. It's a drive but well worth it. It's a dammed up river with about 14 miles of boatable waterway going through a state forest. It's beautiful and so big it never seemed busy, no houses on the river either which is awesome. I ended.up keeping my boat at my parents place on lake Chapman in Warsaw indiana for most of the summer, again a tiny.lake packed with people. I love getting out but it seems we live In a area with very few good lakes. I wanted to try the kankake but have heard its risky. Where did you put in when you went on the river?

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        • #5
          Roscoe, I bought my boat from a guy in niles michiga. which I believe is near 3 rivers. only a about a hour and a half away pulling a boat. What lake does he go on as there are alot of lakes in that area

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          • #6
            If you are close to Peru IN, then go to the Mississenaw Reservoir. Good Boating, Good Fun.
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            • #7
              cedar lake is a toilet bowl, ran on it 1 time, that was the last time, water so bad if you make 1 run around the whole perimeter, by the time you get back to where you started from you can still see and follow your blackish turd infested waterbubbles you made going out! Biggest toilet i've seen!

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                Harritwo thanks I'll check it out. I think I'm about an hour and a half from there.

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