Lagoons Rentals

Opening Day - Friday, May 3rd
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 closing)


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

June through Labor Day

  • Friday thru Sunday 8:00-sunset
  • Monday thru Thursday - 9:00-sunset
  • 4th of July & Labor Day - 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 and canoes $20/hr. (1 hour minimum; $60/all day)
  • tandem kayaks $25/1st hr (then $20/hr. to $65/all day)
  • 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 rentals (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.

Guided trips on or near the Lagoons

  • On our Sunset Nature trip we'll find some of the special creatures of the lagoons that you might not notice on your own, while giving you some insight into how they fit into the ecosystem.


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.)