Update: May 25, 2012
John Kremer, Director of Operations at The McHenry County Conservation District has approved Stand Up Paddleboarding at the Hollows Conservation Area. You must wear a life jacket and there is absolutely NO SWIMMING allowed to protect the lake environment. The water is crystal clear and you can see fish and plant life below.
The Hollows is at 14 Northwest Highway on the west end of Cary and is open from dawn to dusk.
March 23, 2012 The McHenry County Conservation District restored this former gravel pit now covering 478 acres, and opened The Hollows in 1983. The facilities include a launch area, picnic tables, a shelter, drinking water, grills, restrooms and ample parking.
For those who do not yet have a paddleboard, the MCCD is hosts an annual Paddle in the Park every May at The Hollows. One can see demonstrations of paddling, test water craft and attend clinics. Paddleboards available at Alpine Accessories will be available for testing at this event.