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Boating at Our Preserves

Take advantage of the Mississippi River access and the #1 reason people visit the Quad Cities area. Rock Island County Forest Preserve District offers two different locations for boating or canoing. Both parks offer boat launches to the river, and one park has its own lake.

Illiniwek Park & Forest Preserve Boating

Boating at IlliniwekBoating is amongst the many recreational activities available at Illiniwek Forest Preserve, with Mississippi River access.

The Illiniwek Forest Preserve has a new boat launch with direct access to the Mississippi River available for public use. The launch has two new ramps with docks, one of which has ADA accessibility.

Please take into consideration any recent flood levels, river changes, and know your boat before going out on the Mississippi River for your safety. For your safety the Forest Preserve District recommends that a life jacket is worn at all times when boating on the Mississippi River and that swimming is prohibited in the Mississippi River at Illiniwek Forest Preserve.

Boating at Loud Thunder Forest Preserve

KayaksLake George Boat Rental at Loud Thunder Forest Preserve is CLOSED for the 2020 season.  Follow Loud Thunder Forest Preserve Facebook page for the most recent updates and information.

See Boat Rental Days and Hours of Operation, Prices at the bottom of the page.
*Please note that no boats will be rented after 6:00 PM and minimum one-hour rental required. First come, first serve.
Boating is amongst the many recreational activities available at Loud Thunder Forest Preserve, with access to the Mississippi River & Lake George.  Boat rentals are for Lake George only.

Park hours, 6:00 AM - Dusk, apply to all of the Forest Preserve District's boat launch areas.
In addition to its access to the Mississippi River from the northern boundary of the preserve, one of the main attractions of the Loud Thunder Forest Preserve is Lake George popular for canoeing, sailing, boating, and fishing. Lake George is a 167 acre man-made lake which has a maximum depth of 55 feet. The lake is stocked with many varieties of fish, including bluegill, large mouth bass, crappie, channel catfish, bullhead, and muskellunge. An Illinois fishing license from the State of Illinois is required for fishing on Lake George.  Illinois fishing licenses can be purchased online from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
  • Gas motors are not allowed on Lake George, electric trolling motors only.
  • Swimming is not allowed in Lake George or in the Mississippi River at Loud Thunder Forest Preserve.
  • No campfires on the lake shore are permitted.

Loud Thunder Forest Preserve Concessions and Lake George Boat Rental

Concessions are available in the Park Office when the cameground is open and to rent a boat you must check-in at the Park Office.  Enjoy boating on Lake George aboard jon boats, kayaks, canoes, small and large pontoons. Picnic and camping supplies, tackle, bait or a quick snack is available in the Park Office. Fishing licenses are not sold or available at the Park Office or Boat Rental launch area but can be purchased online from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
 

Loud Thunder Forest Preserve Boat Rental 

19406 Loud Thunder Road
Illinois City, IL 61259
(309) 795-1040

Boat rental days and hours of operation.
May weekends, staff and weather permitting.
Monday - Thursday, closed 
Friday - Sunday, 11:00AM - 7:00PM
   *Please note that no boats will be rented after 6:00PM

June 1, 2020-September 7, 2020, weather permitting. The boat rental is open on Memorial Day, 4th of July & Labor Day
Monday & Tuesday, closed
Wednesday - Sunday, 8:00AM - 7:00PM
     *Please note that no boats will be rented after 6:00PM
 
Please call (309) 795-1040 if you have any questions. You must check in at the Park Office to rent a boat. Boat availability is based on a first come, first serve basis.
 

Boat Rental Price Listing

Minimum of one hour rental for all boats. 
Boats Available for Rent

16 Foot Jon Boats

Boat & Motor
$12.00 per hour
4 Hours $40.00
8 Hours $85.00

Canoe

$10.00 per hour

2 Man Small Pontoon Boats

$15.00 per hour 
4 Hours $50.00
8 Hours $100.00

Seats a maximum of 4 people

Kayaks

Single $10.00 per hour
Two-person $12.00 per hour

Party Barges  

$30.00 per hour 
4 Hours $100.00
8 Hours $200.00

Seats a maximum of 8 people

Life Jackets

Will be provided for all users and should
be worn at all times when on Lake George
by all boat rental users.  Swimming in Lake
George is prohibited and loss of rental will
occur users are observed in violation of District
policy.