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Chain O'Lakes Resources


D = Docks

F = Fishing

G = Gas dock

L = Launch


Dock Space Available

The Fox Waterway Agency was created to improve and maintain the Fox River and Chain O’Lakes public waterway for recreational uses, to restore environmental quality, minimize flooding, promote tourism, and enhance the quality of life along the waterway for residents and users alike.

Our jurisdiction includes the 15 interconnected lakes, which make up the Fox River Chain O’Lakes and 30 miles of the Fox River stretching from the Wisconsin State line to the Algonquin Dam, as well as their tributaries and over 40 miles of navigable channels.


45 S. Pistakee Lake Road

Fox Lake, Il. 60020

Phone: 847-587-8540

Mission: To manage, conserve and protect Illinois' natural, recreational and cultural resources, further the public's understanding and appreciation of those resources, and promote the education, science and public safety of Illinois' natural resources for present and future generations.

Region II Office -NE Illinois

James Pate Philip State Park

2050 West Stearns Road

Bartlett, IL 60103


Hours M-F 8:00-4:30

The mission of the Marine Unit is to enforce state laws as well as local and county ordinances, and to promote safe boating.


Duties include responding to calls for assistance, investigating criminal complaints and boating accidents, watercraft safety inspections, search and rescue as well as crowd control and security.


The Marine Unit works closely with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, McHenry County Sheriff’s Department and the U.S. Coast Guard.

Phone: 847-377-4000 

847-549-5200 (Non-Business Hours)

The Coast Guard Auxiliary 9th Western Region proudly supports Sector Lake Michigan with Nine Divisions spread throughout the applicable portions of Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan.

Our volunteer members work as part of the Coast Guard family to promote and improve recreational boating safety by offering a variety of Boating Education classes, Vessel Safety Checks and support Coast Guard maritime homeland security efforts.

The Marine Unit is responsible for promoting the safe use of McHenry County’s portion of the Fox River and Chain O’Lakes.


The unit operates five boats, which are fully equipped to respond to water-related emergencies and assist local fire departments’ water rescue teams.


The Marine Unit is active from May through October each year.


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