Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Chain of Lakes Part 3: Marquette and Joliet

Yesterday, I finally put my boat in for the season. My buddy Frank came over and we launched it at the Chain of Lakes State Park, about five miles from the house. The best part of launching there is that it is free. It will cost you $20 most anywhere else on the Chain.

Who knows, Marquette and Joliet might have used the very same place when they were exploring the Fox River back in 1763. The Illinois city of Joliet and Marquette University in Milwaukee got their names from these two.

This is one beautiful place. It borders three natural lakes- Grass, Marie, and Nippersink, and even has a 44-acre lake within its boundaries. Overall, it consists of 2,793 acres. It is located 60 miles northwest of Chicago.


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