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I don't believe you can go on any of the Fox Waterway without a sticker. Have you checked if a short term pass is available?

You can go on the Fox River at a launch just north of Carpentersville and north of Elgin at Voyagers Park. Maybe even the northern Fox River north of 132 or into Wisconsin.
 

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I've done it early spring and fall before, I know it's not right. I don't go there because of that and the launch fee's and the circus around that place. I'm sure I'll get beat up for this.
 

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Not worth it getting a ticket. You can buy a one day sticker for $10.00. I think most bait shops and marinas sell them. Plus with the 1st of April coming up next week they will be checking for fishing licenses. Both times I have been stopped were in early april.

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The chain is still froze up as of today. The river is open but state park launches are still frozen/closed.

You can always launch once the ice breaks but you take the risk of local authorities seeing no current sticker on your boat. Better to spend the $10.00 for a day sticker than pay much more in fines.
 
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