Lagoons Rentals

Opening Day - May 1st
At the Lagoons, you can rent a canoe or kayak and explore in a lush, lovely forest preserve setting.


(to rent, arrive by 1 hr. before sunset)


  • Friday thru Sunday 9:00-sunset
  • Monday, Wednesday & Thursday 10:00-5:00
  • Tuesdays - closed

Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day

  • Friday thru Sunday 8:00-sunset
  • Monday thru Thursday - 9:00-sunset
  • Memorial Day, Labor Day & 4th of July - 8:00-sunset

September & October

  • Friday thru Sunday 9:00-sunset
  • Monday, Wednesday & Thursday 10:00-5:00
  • Tuesdays - closed


Tower Rd. west of Forest Way

All rental trips are round-trips.


  • single kayaks $15/hr. (1 hour minimum)
  • canoes & tandem kayaks $20/hr (1 hour minimum)
  • day rate is equal to 4 hours (after 4 hours we stop charging)
  • River Rambler Club - five trips and the sixth is free (a trip of similar duration to those paid for)  

Reservations not required

  • Groups or people coming at peak hours can ask us to reserve boats by e-mail or phone at least a day in advance.  If the day you want to paddle has already arrived, it's too late to reserve, but just come over - we'll most likely have boats for you.
  • Include which launch, boats desired, time and day you're coming, roughly how long you'll be on the water, and a phone number.

Guided trips on or near the Lagoons

  • The Sunset Dinner is an evening trip on the Lagoons, with a picnic dinner on shore.
  • The Des Plaines River trip will take you on a twisting route through the woods, launching in a park in River Woods near Deerfield Rd., and landing in a forest preserve in Mt. Prospect just south of Lake Ave/Euclid.


The area traditionally known as the Skokie Lagoons is part of the old Skokie Marsh, which included much of the upper north branch. The wetlands were dug out into interconnected ponds during the 1930's. We're going to refer to the area simply as The Lagoons to avoid confusion with a canoe launch in the village of Skokie (which also includes parts of the former marsh.)