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Get Ready for the 2023 Season!

With Spring nearly here, are you planning your first day on the water yet?  Do you live somewhere where getting out on the water and boating is a year-round activity OR are you still seeing snow when you look out the window OR maybe you're somewhere ...

Ripl by Team Ripl
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Dying the Chicago River Green 2023

Everyone is Irish for at least a week in Chicago. For as long as I can remember, it was not St. Patrick’s Day until the Chicago River is dyed green. Also, I have never in my life boated in Chicago in March… so who doesn’t like adventure? Full Disclos...

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CaptainJon by Guest Contributor
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Fall Boating on the Chicago and Illinois River

Every fall, there is a slow dance of boats in the Midwest which get pulled before winter hits. Usually in October, the marinas start to empty out and the storage yards start filling up. I recently had the privilege to captain one of four boats headin...

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CaptainJon by Guest Contributor
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Scalloping in Homosassa

Our favorite thing to do with the boat is to go scalloping in the gulf from Homosassa. Scalloping is just the great fun excuse to use the boat in fresh water, swim in the gulf, swim with manatees, dolphins, evening cruises with access to excellent re...

JeffKing by Guest Contributor
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Resolved! Midwest Fishing Spots for Kids

I want my kids to love fishing, but we RARELY can catch anything. Are there any good lakes close to the Chicagoland area that are great for kids and the fish are biting? We're willing to travel too, but nothing longer than 5 hours from North Chicago...