Marina

If you are looking to fish, paddle solo or take the family out on the lake, the marina at Three Oaks has variety of row boats and other watercraft available to rent.  The marina also sells fishing licenses, night-crawlers ($4 per dozen), and miscellaneous fishing tackle products.

While we do not allow personal watercraft on the lake at Three Oaks Recreation Area, you can rent row boats, canoes, kayaks, paddleboats, paddle pontoons, and sailboats (see photos below).

WATERCRAFT RENTALS

  • 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.
  • Three Oaks issued life vest/PFD must be worn at all times.
  • Customers must remain in the watercraft at all times - no swimming or wading from any boat.
  • Do not access the islands or shorelines - remain in the boat at all times.
  • Alcohol is not permitted.
  • Three Oaks is catch-and-release fishing facility only.

FISHING GUIDELINES

  • Catch & Release "ONLY"
  • Illinois Fishing License Required (Available in the Marina Building)
  • No "Live" Bait Allowed, defined as aquatic bait/minnows (Night crawlers available in Marina Building)
  • 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. Everything is catch & release.

PRICING, RENTAL FORMS & MAPS

 

Marina Rental Form

Three Oaks Topographic Maps

 

ROWBOAT COMBINATION PACKAGES

 

REGULAR RATE

RESIDENT DISCOUNT


2-Hour Minimum

Additional
1 Hour

2-Hour Minimum

Additional
1 Hour

12' Combo
Row Boat,
Trolling Motor
$25
 $10  $22  $10

12’ Trio
Row Boat
Trolling Motor
Fish Locator

$30

$12

$27

$12

14' Combo
Row Boat
Trolling Motor
 $28  $12  $24  $12

14’ Trio
Row Boat
Trolling Motor
Fish Locator

$33

$14

$29

$14


 

ONE-HOUR MINIMUM RENTALS

 

REGULAR RATE

RESIDENT DISCOUNT


1-Hour Minimum

Additional
1/2 Hour

1-Hour Minimum

Additional
1/2 Hour

Canoe $12
$5
$8
$3

Kayak
(Single or Tandem)

$12

$5

$8

$3

Paddleboat $12
$5
$8
$3

Swan Paddleboat

$12

$6

$8

$4

Sailboat $12 $6 $8
$4
Paddle Pontoon (Manual)
$30 $15
$25
$12
Paddle Pontoon  (Electric)
$35
$17
$30
$15

 

AVAILABLE WATERCRAFT

 

 

FISHING BOATS AVAILABLE APRIL - OCTOBER


12' Mirrocraft Fishing Boats

  • 12' Mirrocraft Aluminum Boats
    • Limited to 2 adults and 1 small child / 450 lbs. maximum
    • Rental allowed for 16-17 year old (without motor) with the signature of parent/guardian who remain onsite

14' Mirrocraft Fishing Boats

  • 14' Mirrocraft Aluminum Boats
    • Limited to 3 adults and 1 small child / 685 lbs. maximum
    • Rental allowed for 16-17 year old (without motor) with the signature of parent/guardian who remain onsite

CANOES

  • 16' Mad River Explorer Canoes
  • 2 Passenger
  • Rental allowed for 15 year old (minimum) with the signature of a parent/guardian who remain onsite

KAYAKS


Perception Single Kayaks 

  • 12' Single or Tandem Perception Kayaks
    • 1 and 2 person boats (sit-on-top-style)
    • Rental allowed for 15 year old with the signature of parent/guardian who remain onsite

PADDLEBOATS


2 & 4 Person Paddleboats

  • Regular 2 & 4 Passenger Boats
    • Bimini covers
    • Rental allowed for 13 year old (minimum) with the signature of parent/guardian who remain onsite

 Swan Paddleboat

  • Swan Boat
    • 4-5 passengers
    • Rental allowed for 13 year old (minimum) with the signature of parent/guardian who remain onsite

Paddle Pontoon

  • Manual Pontoon Boat
    • 6-8 passengers
    • Rental limited to 18 year old (minimum)

  • Electric Pontoon Boat
    • 6-8 passengers
    • Rental limited to 18 year old (minimum)

SAILBOATS

  • 14.2' Catalina Capri's
    • 2-4 passengers
    • Rental limited to 18 year old (minimum) and customer must show certification of passing a sailing course offered by a reputable organization.  Please contact the Marina at 815-356-3754 for more details. 
  • Must show proof of knowing how to Sail
    • Sailing Card from Anywhere (expired is ok)
    • Log Book from Marina or Sailing Program
    • Old Goat's Club Membership (can show on smart phone if no card is available    

ADDITIONAL SERVICES AVAILABLE AT THE MARINA (APRIL - OCTOBER)

  • Fishing Licenses - State of Illinois (must provide a photo identification - i.e. driver's license)
  • Night-crawlers $4/dozen

MORE ABOUT THREE OAKS FISHING


FISH POPULATIONS

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources performs an annual study to determine fish species and conditions of populations.

  • Muskellunge, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Yellow Bass, Rock Bass, Channel Catfish, Northern Pike, Walleye, and Pan Fish including Bluegill and Yellow Perch.

SHORELINE FISHING AVAILABLE DURING PARK HOURS - UNTIL FIRST ICE


 South Lake

The larger 330 acre lake is popular all day long. Shoreline fishing is designated by signs so you can easily see where the trail ends.

East Trail


The trail starts at the southern end of the concrete sidewalk which extends from of the Lakehouse to the Marina Building. It meanders along the East shoreline for .50 miles, where you will find two rock platforms and shoreline. (Great for early morning bass along the rocky outcrops).

West Trail 

The trail starts at the northern end of the concrete sidewalk in front of the Lakehouse Building. It meanders along the north shoreline for .75 miles, where you will find two fishing piers, two rock platforms and shoreline.

GENERAL RULES FOR SHORELINE FISHING

  • Dispose of any litter or trash in our garbage bins
  • Share tips and ideas with your shoreline friends
  • No alcohol or open fires along the trails
  • Please bring refreshments, food and a lawn chair to spend the day
  • Have fun and take pictures to share with us