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Paddle Boarding at Three Oaks Recreation Area

3oaks

Now you can paddle board on the South Lake at Three Oaks Recreation Area. Alpine Accessories has set up a new launch area and storage shed just off the path west of the Lake House and the beach. The South Lake is a 330 acre lake that was formerly a gravel pit. The water is… Read More

Where NOT to Paddle Board

Lake Defiance Launch

Paddle boarding can be very relaxing, but not on Lake Defiance in The Moraine Hills State Park. Lake Defiance is a small 48 acres lake. The entire perimeter of the lake has dense aquatic vegetation growing up to the water level and out about 50 feet from the shoreline. This vegetation gets caught on the… Read More

Paddle Board Giveaway

Bic-Dura-Tec-104-SM

Lisa W of McHenry Illinois is the proud winner of a BIC Dura Tec stand up paddle board. The BIC Dura Tec paddle board is a great all around board for everyone in the family. For those who still want their own paddle board, now is the time to get a great end of season… Read More

Is Our River Clean?

Many say the Fox River is polluted because the water is not clear. In fact rivers are often cleaner than lakes as the moving water dilutes bacteria and chemicals. During the summer months we often hear of beaches on the lake being closed because of high levels of e-coli bacteria. Rivers become polluted from industry,… Read More

How To Select A Paddle Board

paddle boards, stand up paddle boards,

Last week Rick and Laurie Pasturczak, owners of Alpine Accessories, went to a paddle board trade show to see next years paddle boards. After talking to the manufacture representatives, buyers were able to demo the paddle boards on Lady Bird Lake in Austin Texas. Somebody has to do it. In the photo below, Rick is… Read More

Paddle Board McHenry Dam to Broken Oar

Upper Fox River from McHenry Dam to Broken Oar

The McHenry Dam is part of the Moraine Hills State Park. From Memorial Day to Labor Day the park is open from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm. There is ample parking, restrooms, picnic areas and a sandy beach to launch your paddle board. If you go on the weekend launch right at 8:00 am to… Read More

Now Stand Up Paddleboard on Crystal Lake!

Crystal Lake arial view

Alpine Accessories now offers Stand Up Paddleboard rentals and lessons on Crystal Lake at the Main Beach on Saturdays and Sundays. So now you have two places to take a lesson or rent a stand up paddleboard, Crystal Lake or 3 Oaks Recreation Area. Crystal Lake offers a larger lake with more to see  than the North… Read More

Free Paddle Board Classes

After last winter, bet you can’t wait for summer to arrive!  To get things started this season, Alpine Accessories paddleboarding instructors will be giving FREE Stand Up Paddleboard classes. You can choose from one or both classes. Both are free and will go about 1 hour. The Intro to Stand Up Paddleboarding class is for anyone who has wondered what stand… Read More

Paddle Board Paddle Pass Requirement

IL Water Usage Pass

Licenses and Titles and Stickers, Oh My. If you are an Illinois power boat owner, you already know that there are a lot of hoops to jump thru. Meaning, there is a whole list of regulations, titles, and stickers that are required. Most Stand Up Paddleboards do not have hull identification numbers and they are not required… Read More

Chicagoan Paddles the Missouri River

Paddle Boarding the Missouri River from Montana to Missouri

Several adventurers are currently on paddle boarding expeditions covering hundreds of miles.  One of these adventurers is Chicagoan, Scott Mestrezat.  Scott is paddling down the Missouri River on his stand up paddle board and is raising funds to provide inner city children wilderness experiences through the Big City Mountaineers program.   The 2,341 mile trip started the first week of June and… Read More

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