Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Downriver (By Car) on the Chain Crawl-- Part 5: Broken Oar and McHenry Dam

Saying goodbye at Hermann's we proceeded to the next place on the Chain Crawl for a passport, the Broken Oar.  This place has become of the hot spots for partying in the area, attracting huge crowds of boaters and motorcyclists on the weekends with outside entertainment.

I probably was the very first one to play outside there back in 1994 when I deejayed a Sunday afternoon in October the day before our Round Lake teachers went on a strike that lasted two months.  The place, however, has gotten to be quite expensive in drinks and food, plus the bikers get preferential treatment and parking, so we rarely go there anymore, and never on the weekends.

We had drinks outside right by the river.

The last Chain Crawl stop was at River's Edge, a short way north along the Fox River and deep in a subdivision, somewhat hard to find.  It was also closed on Mondays.

Decided to take a ride through the McHenry Dam State Park on the way back.  This is a really nice park with views of the Fox River and the dam, which has the water cascading over the top again. Two years ago we had a really bad drought and the dam was completely dry.  The locks are on the opposite shore.

Always a Great time on the Chain of Lakes/Fox River.  --RoadDog

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