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Boat Rental and Marina

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Marina Hours

-April 11 - April 26: 6:30 a.m. to Sunset (Weekends Only)

-May 1 - May 22: 3:30 p.m. to Sunset (Weekdays)
-May 2 - May 17: 6:30 a.m. to Sunset (Weekends)
Open daily 6:30 a.m. to sunset beginning May 23.

Marina Information

The marina at Three Oaks offers a variety of row boats and watercraft to rent, including canoes, kayaks, paddle boats, and paddle pontoons. Additionally, guests can purchase night-crawlers ($4/dozen) and miscellaneous fishing tackle products. Personal watercraft are not allowed on the lake at Three Oaks. 

Rental Rules

Marina Rental Forms: All rentals are available on a first-come-first-served basis as no reservations are accepted. Three Oaks provides all required life jackets and seat cushions with rentals.

The following rules apply to all guests:

  1. Three Oaks issued life vest/PFD must be worn at all times.
  2. Customers must remain in the watercraft at all times - no swimming or wading from any boat.
  3. Access to the islands or shorelines is prohibited - guests must remain in the boat at all times.
  4. Alcohol is not permitted.

Row Boat Pricing 

   Regular Rate  Resident Discount  Additional Hour
 12' Combo   $25  $22  $10
 12' Trio  $30  $27  $12
 14' Combo  $28  $24  $12
 14' Trio  $33  $29  $14

Watercraft Pricing

   Regular Rate  Add 1/2 Hour  Resident Rate  Add 1/2 Hour
 Canoe   $12  $4  $8  $4
 Kayak  $12  $4  $8  $4
 Paddle Boat  $12  $4  $8  $4
 Swan Paddle Boat  $12  $6  $8  $4
 Paddle Pontoon  $30  $15  $25  $12

Fishing Guidelines

Three Oaks is a catch-and-release fishing facility only. A valid Illinois Fishing License is required. No "live" bait is allowed, defined as aquatic bait/minnows. Contrary to Illinois State Law, we do not allow taking of smaller fish (or any lake creature) and using them as bait for larger fish.

Shoreline fishing is available year-round during open park hours. Please dispose of any litter or trash in garbage receptacles located on the trails. Alcohol and open fires are prohibited along the trails, and ice fishing is not allowed at Three Oaks. 

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources performs an annual study to determine fish species and conditions of populations. Populations include: Muskellunge, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Yellow Bass, Rock Bass, Channel Catfish, Northern Pike, Walleye, and Pan Fish, including Bluegill and Yellow Perch.