Where NOT to Paddle Board

South View of Lake Defiance

Paddle boarding is not allowed on any of the lakes in Cook County Forest Preserves, DuPage County Forest Preserves or Will County Forest Preserves. (Evidently any of the rivers are OK.) We have been told paddlers have been waved off many of these lakes not knowing it was off limits to SUP. Many lakes areRead More

Paddle Board Giveaway

Bic Dura Tec Paddle board giveaway

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 seasonRead 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, RickRead More

Paddle Board McHenry Dam to Broken Oar

McHenry Dam on the Fox River

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 toRead More

Now Stand Up Paddleboard on Crystal Lake!

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 NorthRead More