Busse Lake

At Busse Lake, you can rent a canoe, kayak, paddleboat, rowboat or a fishing boat with trolling motor, and explore in a serene and lovely forest preserve setting.


April 15th - October 31st

  • sunrise to sunset
  • Last boat leaves an hour and a half before sunset
  • Boats must return by half an hour before sunset


From Higgins Rd. just west of Arlington Hts. Rd., look on the south side of the road for the turn to the Busse Lake Boating Center.

All rental trips are round-trips.


  • single kayaks, canoes, rowboats & paddleboats $20/hr. (1 hour minimum) up to $60 day rate
  • tandem kayaks $25 for first hour; then $20/hr. up to $65 day rate
  • fishing boats $50 for first 2 hours; then $20/hr. up to $90 day rate
  • River Rambler Club - five trips and the sixth is free (a trip of similar duration to those paid for)
  • Monday is discount day - $5 off hourly rental (holidays excluded)

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.