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Lake Michigan

Lake Michigan offers anglers a variety of experiences from shore fishing in the bustling harbors and lagoons of Chicago to launching a day's adventure from one of many marinas. Whether you seek a tasty meal of yellow perch or the excitement of landing a chinook salmon on a day charter, Lake Michigan is a true destination for the Illinois Angler.

Harbors


Many species of sport fish are found in Chicago harbors throughout the year and others only inhabit harbors during certain times of the year. The Chicago Park District has designated certain areas of these harbors open to anglers fishing from shore.


Marinas

Marina Location Operator Capacity Services
Fee
Restrictions
North Point Marina 7th Street in Winthrop Harbor, IL Department of Natural Resources
(847) 746-2845
10 boat launching lanes
200 parking spaces for car and trailer
  • fuel
  • boat repairs
  • bait and tackle
  • food
  • telephone
  • restrooms
  • fish cleaning station
  • sanitary pump-out
None
Ramp is open 24hrs April 1 to October 31, weather permitting
The Port of Waukegan (Waukegan Harbor) Harbor Place, Waukegan, IL Waukegan Port Authority
(847) 244-3133
4 boat launching lanes
600 parking spaces for car and trailer
  • fuel
  • bait and tackle
  • food
  • telephone
  • restrooms
  • fish cleaning station
  • sanitary pump-out
$10 (daily parking)
$20 (public launch)
Call for slip pricing
Ramp is open 24hrs April 1 to November 1, weather permitting
Park Avenue Launch Ramp Park Avenue in Highland Park Highland Park District
(847) 831-3810
1 boat launching lanes
25 parking spaces for car and trailer
  • yacht club
$15 (resident daily launch M-F/$35 weekend)
$10 (resident beach launch/$20 weekend)
Nonresident fees are double the rate of resident fees.
Ramp is open April 1 to October 15
Hours: 7 AM to 9PM; not staffed after Labor Day
Site has no dockage stalls or mooring buoys
Lloyd Park in Winnetka Lloyd Place in Winnetka Winnetka Park District
(847) 501-2040
1 boat launching lanes
63 parking spaces for car and trailer
  • telephone
  • restrooms
$15 (resident daily launch M-F/$35 weekend)
$5 (resident beach launch/$15 weekend)
Nonresident fees are double the rate of resident fees.
Ramp is open May 1 to October 15
Hours: 8 AM to dusk (M-F); 7 AM to 9 PM (weekend)
Site has no dockage stalls or mooring buoys
Maximum boat length 25 feet
Evanston Launch Ramp Church Street in Evanston City of Evanston
(847) 448-4311
2 boat launching lanes
20 parking spaces for car and trailer
  • none
$250 resident seasonal only
$500 nonresident seasonal only
Seasonal launch permits on sale starting April 1
Ramp is open May 1 to October 31
Hours: 7 AM to 10 PM
Call regarding further restrictions
Diversey Harbor in Lincoln Park Diversey Parkway (2800 North), Chicago Chicago Park District
(312) 742-7762
3 boat launching lanes
60 parking spaces for car and trailer
  • fuel
  • telephone
  • restrooms
  • sanitary pump-out
$26 (daily)
Ramp is open May 1 to October 31
No launching after 8 PM
Maximum boat length 23 feet
Burnham Harbor in Burnham Park and Northerly Island 12th Street (1200 South), Chicago Chicago Park District
(312) 747-7009
3 boat launching lanes on west side
37 parking spaces for car and trailer on west side
  • fuel
  • telephone
  • restrooms
  • fish cleaning station
  • sanitary pump-out
$26 (daily)
Ramp is open May 1 to October 31
No launching after 8 PM
Maximum boat length 23 feet
31st Street Harbor 3100 South, Chicago Chicago Park District
(312) 225-6464
2 boat launching lanes
12 parking spaces for car and trailer on west side
  • fuel
  • ship store
  • pool (open to public)
$26 (daily)
Ramp is open May 1 to October 31
No launching after 8 PM
Maximum boat length 30 feet
Jackson Harbor in Jackson Park Hayes Drive (6300 South), Chicago Chicago Park District
(773) 288-7106
2 boat launching lanes on east side
80 parking spaces for car and trailer on east side
  • fuel
  • telephone
  • restrooms
  • sanitary pump-out
$26 (daily)
Ramp is open May 1 to October 31
No launching after 8 PM
Maximum boat length 23 feet
Calumet Harbor 95th Street, Calument Park, Chicago Chicago Park District
(312) 742-8520
3 boat launching lanes on east side
100 parking spaces for car and trailer on east side
  • telephone
  • restrooms
$26 (daily)
Ramp is open all year
No launching after 8 PM
Maximum boat length 23 feet
Site has no dockage stalls or mooring buoys

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