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Boating at Our Preserves

Take advantage of the Mississippi River access and the #1 reason people visit the Quad Cities area. Rock Island County Forest Preserve District offers two different locations for boating or canoeing. Both parks offer boat launches to the river, and one park has its own lake.

Illiniwek Park & Forest Preserve Boating

Boating at IlliniwekBoating is amongst the many recreational activities available at Illiniwek Forest Preserve, with Mississippi River access.

The Illiniwek Forest Preserve has a new boat launch with direct access to the Mississippi River available for public use. The launch has two new ramps with docks, one of which has ADA accessibility.

Please take into consideration any recent flood levels, river changes, and know your boat before going out on the Mississippi River for your safety. As always, wearing a life jacket is important especially for those who are not good swimmers or under the age of sixteen.

Boating at Loud Thunder Forest Preserve

KayaksLake George is currently open.
The boat rental is now closed for the season.

See Boat Rental Days and Hours of Operation, Prices at the bottom of the page.
*Please note that no boats will be rented after 6:00 PM and minimum one-hour rental required. First come, first serve.
Boating is amongst the many recreational activities available at Loud Thunder Forest Preserve, with access to the Mississippi River & Lake George.

Park hours, 6:00 AM - Dusk, apply to all of the Forest Preserve District's boat launch areas.
In addition to its access to the Mississippi River from the northern boundary of the preserve, one of the main attractions of the Loud Thunder Forest Preserve is Lake George popular for canoeing, sailing, boating, and fishing. Lake George is a 167 acre man-made lake which has a maximum depth of 55 feet. The lake is stocked with many varieties of fish, including bluegill, large mouth bass, crappie, channel catfish, bullhead, and muskellunge. A sports fishing license from the State of Illinois is required for fishing on Lake George.
  • Gas motors are not allowed on Lake George, electric trolling motors only.
  • Swimming is not allowed in Lake George.
  • No campfires on the lake shore are permitted.

Concessions and Boat Rental

Concessions and boat rental check-in are now available in the Park Office.  Enjoy boating on Lake George aboard jon boats, kayaks, canoes, small and large pontoons. Picnic and camping supplies, tackle, bait or a quick snack is available in the Park Office. Fishing licenses are currently not sold or available at the Park Office or Boat Rental launch area.

Loud Thunder Boat Rental

19406 Loud Thunder Road
Illinois City, IL 61259
(309) 795-1040

Boat rental days and hours of operation.
May weekends, staff and weather permitting.
Monday - Thursday, closed 
Friday - Sunday, 11:00AM - 7:00PM
   *Please note that no boats will be rented after 6:00PM

May 30, 2019-September 2, 2019, weather permitting. Open Memorial Day, 4th of July & Labor Day
Monday & Tuesday, closed
Wednesday - Sunday, 8:00AM - 7:00PM
     *Please note that no boats will be rented after 6:00PM
September weekends, weather permitting.
Monday - Friday, closed
Saturday & Sunday, 11:00AM - 7:00PM
     *Please note that no boats will be rented after 6:00PM

The Boat Rental is closed for the season. We look forward to seeing you in 2020!

Please call (309) 795-1040 if you have any questions. You must check in at the Park Office to rent a boat. Boat availability is based on a first come, first serve basis.

Boat Rental Price Listing

Minimum of one hour rental for all boats. 
Boats Available for Rent

16 Foot Jon Boats

Boat & Motor
$12.00 per hour
4 Hours $40.00
8 Hours $85.00


$10.00 per hour

2 Man Small Pontoon Boats

$15.00 per hour 
4 Hours $50.00
8 Hours $100.00


Single $8.00 per hour
Two-person $10.00 per hour

Party Barges  

$30.00 per hour 
4 Hours $100.00
8 Hours $200.00

Life Jackets

Will be provided for all users, adults and youth.