Come to the Races!
Championship excitement, free nightly entertainment, and family fun- all on beautiful
Lake DePue! At only $3 admission, here's one summer event that you can't miss. Thousands
of people from over 22 states come to our
shores to experience the Lake DePue Pro
National Championship Boat Races.
And the races were ON!
The last few years, the weather and the situation with our beautiful lake have had us worried. We pulled together as a community and did what it took to make sure that our boat races could happen.
Why? The DePue Men's Club supports many community events and the proceeds from boat races allow us to do that. Secondly- but not any less important- the annual boat races are a tradition for us. We welcome many of our family home! Ask any Depue native and you'll hear that the sounds, smells and time of year bring back big smiles and memories of years of gathering around the lake to watch it all happen.
Look what happens when a community pulls together!
It's no secret that teamwork saved the races! Follow these day by day video reports that show how we Raised the Lake, overcoming drought to keep the races we love!
Thanks to ALL who have helped, brought down food and drinks, donated equipment, time, and other resources... We are so thankful and proud to be from DePue- the little town that could!
Wondering about the progress with DePue's Clean-up? Check out cleanupdepue.org.
About DePue Men's Club
The DePue Men's Club is a non-profit organization focused on Community Leadership. The Men's Club is widely recognized for donating and sponsoring local events in their home town of DePue, Illinois as well as surrounding cities in the Illinois Valley area. We are proud sponsors of the Lake DePue Pro National Championship Boat Races which take place annually on beautiful Lake DePue.
As community leaders, the DePue Men's Club is dedicated to the restoration and preservation of Lake DePue. We would like to extend our deepest thanks to the Village of DePue as well as the other communities in the surrounding area. With your help, we will continue to help our neighbors for many more years to come.
What I have done is bring two generations of my family that did not live in DePue to the races. I want to thank the DePue Men's Club for the fine work you do in putting on the races.
- Larry Salcedo