Crystal Lake Park District  •  One East Crystal Lake Ave.  •  Crystal Lake, IL 60014  •  815.459.0680  •  crystallakeparks.org
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Now booking Wagon Rides with Campfire at Sterne's Woods. A campfire will be waiting upon your return. Participants are welcome to bring snacks to cook over an open fire. Register in person at the Crystal Lake Park District Administrative Office. Groups smaller than 20: One 45-minute ride $75, Groups larger than 20: Two 30-minute rides: $115


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Beach Updates from McHenry County Department of Health

Crystal Lake Park District Beaches

Beach Admission

Information for Boaters (Rental & Owners)

Paddleboard Lesson & Rentals with Alpine Accessories

Information for Fisherman

Information for Group, Family and Corporate Rentals

General Beach Visitor Information and Rules

Seasonal Forms

 

Beach Updates from McHenry County Department of Health

click here for beach closing updates from the McHenry County Department of Health

Crystal Lake Park District Beaches

Main Beach

300 Lake Shore Drive, Crystal Lake
Opening Date: Memorial Day Weekend
Closing Date: Labor Day Weekend
Pre-season Beach Hours (May 24-June 8)

Weekends: 9 AM until dusk

Weekdays: Noon until dusk

Regular summer hours (begin June 9)

Daily: 9 AM until dusk daily

(hours may vary due to weather or attendance)

Post-season Beach Hours (August 18-24)

Daily: 9am – dusk

*may vary due to weather or attendance

Post-season Beach Hours (beginning August 25)

Weekdays: 3:30 pm– dusk

Weekends: 9 AM – dusk

Labor Day: 9 AM – dusk

*may vary due to weather or attendance

Contact: (815) 477-5404 (this number is staffed only during the summer season)

West Beach

2330 Lake Avenue, Crystal Lake

Opening Date: Memorial Day Weekend
Closing Date: Labor Day Weekend
Pre-season Beach Hours (May 24-June 8)

Weekends: 10 AM until dusk

Weekdays: 3-6 PM

Regular summer hours (begin June 9)

Daily: 10 AM until 7:30 PM daily

(hours may vary due to weather or attendance)

Post-season Beach Hours (August 16-31)

Weekends only: 10am – 6:30 PM

Labor Day 10am – 6:30 PM

*may vary due to weather or attendance

Beach Admission

2014 Daily Beach Fees- Resident

Resident Daily Admission
Price
Vehicles entering Main Beach MUST have a current vehicle sticker attached to the windshield or the non-resident daily parking fee will be charged. City of Crystal Lake, Lakewood and the Park District stickers are accepted.

 

Those that live in unincorporated Crystal Lake, but are considered Crystal Lake Park District Residents can puchase a vehicle sticker

January 4-April 30: FREE

As of May 1: $10

Park District residents & guests

(up to 4 guests per family)

$1

Resident guests

(above the 4 guest maximum)

$4 per guest

Park District resident senior citizen

(ages 60 & older)

FREE

Park District resident child

(ages 3 & under)

FREE

Twilight Rate

(begins at 5 pm)

FREE

2014 Resident Season Beach Tags

Beach Tags are for beach use only and do not include the boat launch, boat rental, program or special event privileges. Beach Tags do not include entrance of guests. Vehicle sticker is included with beach tag for unincorporated Park District residents. Beach Tags are available at the Administration Office or at Main and West Beaches during summer operating hours.

Resident Season Beach Tag
Price

Resident individual season beach tag

$10

Resident family season beach tag

$10/1st family member

$5/ea. addtl. family member

Resident season beach tag replacement $5

2014 Daily Beach Fees- Non-Resident

Non-Resident Daily Admission
Price

Non-Resident Adults (age 16-59 years)

$10

Youth (age 4-15 years)

$6

Seniors (age 60 & older) $6
Ages 3 & under FREE
Parking $5
Twilight Rate (begins at 5 pm) 1/2 price (parking is FREE)

Non-Resident Season Beach Pass

Beach Tags are for beach use only and do not include the boat launch, boat rental, program or special event privileges. Beach Tags do not include entrance of guests. Vehicle sticker is included with beach tag (maximum 1 per individual tag or 2 per family). Beach Tags are available at the Administration Office or at Main and West Beach during summer operating hours.

Non-Resident Season Beach Pass
Price

Non-Resident individual season beach tag

$100

Non-Resident family season beach tag

$200 (maximum 5)

$50/ea. addtl. family member

Non-Resident season beach tag replacement $5

Information for Boaters (Rental and Boat Owners)

Boat Rental (paddleboat, canoe, sailboat, rowboat, kayak, stand-up paddleboard)

Boating on beautiful Crystal Lake is fun and affordable through the Park District boat rental operation at the Main Beach Boat House. Fees are on a per boat basis. Boat rental at Main Beach is available 9 AM-Dusk, daily.

Please note:

  • Patrons, ages 13-17 MUST have their parent/guardian sign the Boat Rental Waiver.
  • Patrons, ages 12 years old and under must be accompanied by their parent/guardian.
  • Waivers are available in the forms section below
Type of Boat

Hourly Fees

Paddle boat $6
Canoe $6
Sailboat* $8
Rowboat** $6/$3
Kayak $6

*To rent a sailboat, you must present a Park District sailing card, which can be obtained by taking our sailing program, or one from another reliable organization.

**Fisherman rate for rowboats is half price.

NEW for the 2014 Summer Season Paddleboard Rentals and Lessons

Paddleboard lessons and rentals are provided by Alpine Accessories, Crystal Lake

Reservations are required for Saturdays and Sundays

contact Alpine Accessories at 847-854-4754 or visit the Alpine Accessories website

Rentals Monday-Friday do not require a reservation. See boat attendant at Main Beach.

Monday – Friday Rentals

$10 / hour

 

Boating for Boat Owners Crystal Lake

All residents of the Crystal Lake Park District are eligible to boat on Crystal Lake. See Boat Gate Card information below. The Village of Lakewood and the City of Crystal Lake have a joint agreement for regulating and patrolling the lake. A copy of the Crystal Lake Boating and Safety Regulations as put forth by the Village of Lakewood can be found at the Village of Lakewood website.

Crystal Lake owners living on the lake may contact the Park District Administration office to arrange for a one time boat launch to put their boat in for the summer season and a one time boat launch to remove their boat at the end of the season. Contact the Administrative Office at (815) 459-0680 or email ASandor@crystallakeparks.org

2014 Boat Gate Card

Available January 4, 2014

Park District Residents Only:

If you have a 2013 Boat Gate Card, it can be reactivated. Bring your gate card, IL boat registration and IL driver's license to the Park District Administrative Office.

Fee: (for both reactivation and new cardholders)

Fee: (January 4-April 30): $70, Seniors 60 & older half price

Fee: (Beginning May 1): $80, Seniors 60 & older half price

Please note: Fee after Labor Day is half price

Park District resident boat owners must reactivate (fee above) their card each year to use the Main or West Park launch ramps.

In order to purchase/reactivate a card, you must provide all the following documents in person:

  • Current Illinois driver's license
  • Illinois boat registration card
  • Application fee (see above for amount)

Sailboat Dry Storage

April 7-October 31

Park District Residents Only

Fee: $80

The Park District has 18 boat stalls available for rental in the West Park dry storage compound. The compound, which is lit to provide better security, can only accommodate sailboats 16 feet or under which do not have a catamaran type hull. Only one boat can be stored in each stall.

Registration for dry storage spaces begins April 7. Stalls will be leased on a first-come, first-served basis. Sailboats can be stored beginning April 7, and must be removed from storage on or before October 31.  One dry storage slip per household.

To rent a stall, you must provide the following documents in person:

•Current Illinois Driver’s License

•Illinois boat registration card

The storage fee includes a key for the compound, but does not include a key for the boat gate.

Sailing and Boating Instruction

The Crystal Lake Park District offers group and private instruction in sailing, canoeing and stand-up paddle boarding during the summer months. Click here to view boating classes in the summer 2014 brochure

Information for Fisherman

Fishing at Main and West Beach

Fishing is not allowed on boat launch piers, swim lesson piers, or in swimming area.

2014 Walk-In Fisherman Keys

Available January 4, 2014

Park District Residents Only

Fee: $20 per calendar year (proof of residency required)

The Park District offers gate keys to Park District Residents who want to fish at Main or West Park beaches before the parks open at 9 AM. Key allow for entrance through the park's special walk-in gates. (Small portable boats are NOT allowed through the walk-in gate).

Information for Group, Family and Corporate Rentals

Weekday Group Rentals

Applies to camp and day care groups for field trips. Parking fee is waived for these groups.

Resident Rate:  $1 per person

Non-Resident Rate:  $4 per person (min 12 people)

Rental agreement required.

Resident Family Weekend Group Rate

Applies to a resident family that is bringing in other resident families and non-resident guests.

Each resident family receives (4) guests at $1 each.

After the (4) guests each additional guest is $4.

Parking is waived at Main Beach.

Additional Amenities (notice required at least one week in advance): see chart below

Corporate Weekend Rentals (Non-Resident)

Reservations required at least one week in advance.

Main Beach:Minimum guarantee: 25 people, Maximum: 400 people 

Entrance fee:  $5 per person, parking fee waived.

Additional Amenities (notice required at least one week in advance): see chart below

West Beach: Minimum guarantee: 25 people, Maximum: 50 people 

Entrance fee:  $5 per person

Additional Amenities (notice required at least one week in advance): see chart below

Additional Amenities for Group/Family/Corporate Rentals

(notice required at least one week in advance)

Amenities
Price

Reserved Picnic Tables

$10 per table

Tents brought into the beach

10x10 or smaller pop-up tents: FREE

200-399 sq. ft.: $50

400-599 sq. ft.: $75

**tents over 200 sq. ft. require a permit from the Crystal Lake Fire Department

Main Beach Room

$65 per hour (Resident)

$100 per hour (Non-Resident)

includes tables and chairs. Renter is responsible for set up/break down of the tables and chairs

West Beach Room

$50 per hour (Resident)

$75 per hour (Non-Resident)

includes tables and chairs. Renter is responsible for set up/break down of the tables and chairs

West Beach Deck

$35 per hour (Resident)

$50 per hour (Non-Resident)

includes tables and chairs

West Beach Room and Deck

$85 per hour (Resident)

$125 per hour (Non-Resident)

includes tables and chairs. Renter is responsible for set up/break down of the tables and chairs

Rental agreement and deposit required. Additional waiver and insurance required if alcohol is being served.

General Visitor Information and Rules for Main and West Beaches

Beach Rules

  • No one may enter the water without a lifeguard in the stand.  Swimmers must follow lifeguard’s instructions.
  • Swimmers must stay within the roped off area.  Blue Buoys indicate water over 3 feet deep.  Red Buoys indicate water over 5 feet deep. 
  • No floats allowed beyond 3 foot buoy line.  Floatation devices may be banned at the discretion of the Beach Manager.
  • Athletic games or sports must be conducted in designated areas and not upon the bathing beach or in the water, where injury or inconvenience to others might result.
  • No Diving allowed.
  • No food or drink in the water.
  • Children under the age of the age of 11 must be accompanied by a person 16 years of age or older.
  • The lake water is not suitable for drinking.  It is recommended swimmers shower and towel dry after leaving the water.
  • All infants must wear rubber or plastic pants.  All swimmers must wear proper swimwear.  No street clothes allowed.
  • Persons under the influence of alcohol or exhibiting erratic behavior will not be permitted in the beach area.
  • Admission to the beach may be refused to all persons suspected to have contagious diseases or infectious conditions.
  • Staff has the right to restrict behavior of patrons.
  • No pets allowed.  Licensed service dogs are exempt.
  • Do not feed the geese or other wildlife.
  • Obey lightning detection system rules for shelter.
  • Grill equipment and supplies must be brought in through the front gate only.
  • Drop-off catering supplies must be brought in through the front gate only.
  • Tents should be no larger than an EZ-Up size,  10ft by 10ft.
  • Beer and wine permitted in picnic areas only.
  • Glass containers are not permitted on the beach or playground.
  • Use receptacles provided for trash, charcoal, and recycling.
  • Crystal Lake Park District special events may restrict coolers in certain areas of the park.
  • No bicycles, skateboards, or roller skates allowed beyond gates between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
  • In an emergency, call 9-1-1.
  • Swim break rest periods are scheduled for 2:15PM and 4:15PM daily for everyone’s safety.  Additional rest periods may be run every hour on the hour depending on the temperature.
  • No walk-in boats, paddle boards, rubber rafts (all larger boats must go through the boat launch area with a purchased boat launch key card).
  • Flagpoles located at Main and West Beaches carry color-coded weather flags to inform boaters about weather conditions.  To help ensure your safety, please learn the meaning of the following flag colors and make it a habit to look for them while on the lake or at the beach.
GREEN: Fair weather, light air, wind 1-10 m.p.h.
RED: Beach Closed. KEEP OFF LAKE

Bike Compound

A lock-up area for bikes is provided at Main and West Beaches.

Dogs and Other Animals at Beaches

Animals are prohibited at Main Beach Park and West Beach Park (qualified service animals are exempt).

Refreshments

The concession stands are open daily serving a variety of prepared hot foods, ice cream, beverages, chips and candy. Main Beach features a full-service concession stand open 10:30 am-dusk daily (dependent on weather conditions).

New concession items for 2014:

HalfTime Pizza and Jersey Mike's subs will be available daily at Main Beach Concessions. Kona Ice will be available at Concerts in the Park and various other special events.

Sailing and Boating Instruction

The Crystal Lake Park District offers group and private instruction in sailing, canoeing and stand-up paddle boarding during the summer months. Click here to view boating classes in the summer 2014 brochure (not available until mid May 2014)

Misc. Seasonal FormsPDF Download

Forms can be downloaded via the links below, but registration is only accepted in person in the Administrative Office (One East Crystal Lake Avenue, Crystal Lake ). All forms are PDF PDF Download

Beach Tag Registration Forms

Park District Resident Beach Tag Registration Form PDF Download

Non Resident Beach Tag Registration Form PDF Download

Beach Group Reservation Forms

Resident Family Reservation Request PDF Download

Corporate Weekend Group Reservation Request PDF Download

Weekday Group Reservation Request PDF Download

Vehicle Sticker Form

Park District Resident Vehicle Sticker Registration Form PDF Download

Boating Forms

Boat Launch Information and Rules PDF Download

Park District Resident Boat Launch Gate Key Card Form PDF Download

Dry Storage Registration Form PDF Download

 

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