5 Exhilarating Jet Skiing Spots in Illinois

By April Dowling

5 Exhilarating Jet Skiing Spots in Illinois

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There’s nothing quite like jet skiing on a calm, beautiful lake surrounded by nature. The abundant lakes in Illinois provide many opportunities for jet skiing and catching a cool breeze. For scenic views and a thrilling ride across Illinois’ waters, check out these five great spots. 

1. Chain O’ Lakes State Park

Chain O’ Lakes is surrounded by three natural lakes and the Fox River, providing ample jet skiing opportunities. There’s also a 44-acre lake within the park. With plenty of beautiful natural scenery and water, you’re sure to find a great spot for jet skiing in this area. If you don’t have your own jet ski, rent from Jet Funn—the largest watersport rental company in the Chain O’Lakes. 

2. Lake Michigan

Experience unparalleled views of Chicago from a jet ski on Lake Michigan. Rent a jet ski from Jet Ski Chicago, the only jet ski provider for Chicago’s beaches, and embark on an unforgettable experience. You’ll also get amazing views of Navy Pier and the shorelines. 

3. Illinois River at Starved Rock State Park

What better place to jet ski than in the beautiful Illinois River valley? Starved Rock State Park is one of the most popular attractions in Illinois. The Illinois River runs past the state park, providing fantastic views of the park. 

4. Illinois River at William Stratton State Park

Located in Northwest Illinois, this beautiful state park was designed to provide four convenient boat access points to the Illinois River. There’s also a jet ski launching area just east of the boat ramps. These calm waters are perfect for jet skiing and not as crowded as the more popular jet skiing areas in the state. 

5. Pistakee Lake

Known for its abundant fish variety, Pistakee Lake is another great spot for jet skiing. The lake itself is 1,700 acres, spacious enough to not worry about getting too close to a boat. Like most of the lakes in Illinois, the Pistakee is surrounded by beautiful nature including the Grant Wood Forest Preserve and Pistakee Highlands. You can also rent from Jet Funn to ride here. 

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