Beaches

  • Map of Crystal Lake and Nearby Parks

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    2018 HOURS OF OPERATION

    Beaches will be open Memorial Day weekend-Labor Day weekend, May 26 - September 3, 2018

    Location

    Main Beach Swim Area

    300 Lakeshore Drive

    Crystal Lake

    815-477-5404

    West Beach Swim Area

    2330 Lake Avenue

    Crystal Lake

    Pre-Season

    May 26 - May 28 (Sat-Mon)

    9 am - Dusk

    May 29 - June 1 (Tues - Fri)

    12 pm - Dusk

    June 2 - June 3 (Sat-Sun)

    9 am - Dusk

    May 26 - May 28 (Sat-Mon)

    10 am - 7:30 pm

    May 29 - June 1 (Tues - Fri)

    3 pm - 6 pm

    June 2 - June 3 (Sat-Sun)

    10 am - 7:30 pm

    Regular Season

    June 4 - Aug 10

    (7 days a week)

    9 am - Dusk

    June 4 - Aug 10

    (7 days a week)

    10 am - 7:30 pm

    Post Season

    Aug 11-12, Aug 18-19, Aug 25-26, Sep 1-3

    (weekends only)

    10 am - 7 pm

    Aug 11-12, Aug 18-19, Aug 25-26, Sep 1-3

    (weekends only)

    11 am - 6 pm

    Please note:

    A handicapped beach wheelchair is available at both Main Beach and West Beach. Please contact Main Beach Office for further information.


    Swim Areas will close due to the following:

    -Air Temperature is below 68

    -Lightning or heavy rain

    -Low in-water attendance

    -Safety considerations, including high bacteria number (determined by McHenry County Health Department)

    What's happening with the lake

    You may also notice that after heavy rainfall, the beaches may be put on "Swim Advisory." The water is OK to swim in, but swimmers should be aware bacterial quality levels could be elevated. We are in constant communication with the McHenry County Health Department to ensure we are communicating with swimmers.

    When the water is deemed unsuitable for swimming, the beach will be closed. The water will then be re-tested everyday by the Health Department until we can reopen.

    Stay up-to-date on beach closures by subscribing to our Rainout Line

    BEACH CLOSING UPDATES

    View beach updates from McHenry County Department of Health.

    WEST BEACH is listed as WEST PARK BEACH

    MAIN BEACH is listed as LAKE PARK BEACH

    CLOSING UPDATES


    BEACH ADMISSION

    2018 DAILY BEACH FEES- RESIDENT

    Resident Daily Admission

    Price

    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

    2018 RESIDENT SEASON BEACH PASS

    Beach Passes are available at the Administration Office beginning May 1, or at Main and West Beach during summer operating hours. Beach Passes are for beach use only and do not include the boat launch, boat rental, program or special event privileges. Beach Passes do not include entrance of guests. Please note: A current photo ID with a Crystal Lake Park District address must be presented at time of purchase. A current utility bill with address may also be required.

    All season pass holders will receive half-off boat rentals Monday-Friday at Main Beach. Pass holders must show season pass at time of rental purchase to receive discount (*excludes Memorial Day and Fourth of July.)

    All beach pass holders will receive exclusive savings including free boat rentals, guest passes and more!

    Resident Season Beach Pass

    Price

    Resident Individual Season Beach Pass

    Please note: Seniors (60 yrs and older) and children 3 yrs and under are free and do not require a pass

    $7

    Resident Season Beach Pass replacement

    $5


    2018 DAILY BEACH FEES / NON-RESIDENT

    Non-Resident Daily Admission

    Price

    Non-Resident Adults (age 16-59 years)

    $11

    Youth (age 4-15 years)

    $7

    Seniors (age 60 & older)

    $7

    Ages 3 & under

    FREE

    Twilight Rate (begins at 5 PM)

    1/2 price admission

    2018 NON-RESIDENT SEASON BEACH PASS

    Beach Passes are available at the Administration Office beginning May 1, or at Main and West Beach during summer operating hours. Beach Passes are for beach use only and do not include the boat launch, boat rental, program or special event privileges. Beach Passes do not include entrance of guests.

    All season pass holders will receive half-off boat rentals Monday-Friday at Main Beach. Pass holders must show season pass at time of rental purchase to receive discount. All beach pass holders will receive exclusive savings including free boat rentals, guest passes and more!

    Non-Resident Season Beach Pass

    Price

    Individual Season Beach Pass

    $50

    Season Beach Pass replacement

    $5


    Main Beach Grounds

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    Print Map

    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.)

    Handicapped Beach Wheelchair

    A handicapped beach wheelchair is available at Main Beach. Please contact the Main Beach Office (815-477-5404) for further information.

    Special Events

    Crystal Lake Main Beach is a hub of special event activity year-round. In the summer, visitors plan outings to Summer Concerts in the Park and the Kids Party in the Park. During the week, families take advantage of special activities planned daily at Main Beach. In the fall, hundreds of children and their families gather for Truck or Treat. In the winter, Main Beach is the check in spot for adult golfers looking to challenge other teams in the Crystal Lake Park District Chili Open.

    For up to date information about Main Beach special events visit the Special Events page


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    Boat Rental

    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.

    Please note:

    • No boats will be rented out after 7 pm.

    • All renters must sign a Boat Rental Waiver.

    • Anyone renting a boat must be age 18 & older.
    • Under 18 years: Must have waiver signed by parent or guardian.

    • Manager on duty will determine if boating conditions are unsafe for boat rentals.

    Boat Rental Reservation form
    Print Waiver

    Type of Boat

    Hourly Fees

    Paddle boat

    $10

    Canoe

    $10

    Sailboat*

    $12

    Rowboat**

    $10

    Kayak

    $10

    Stand Up Paddle Board

    $12

    Specialty Paddle Board $12

    * 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.

    ** Half price if rented for a minimum of 4 hours.


    RULES AND REGULATIONS

    Including wake/no-wake hours, speed limits, and lake usage stickers


    Sailing Lessons

    During the summer season, the Crystal Lake Park District offers Private Sailing Lessons and Group Sailing Lessons. Email Jessica Ortega for questions about Sailing Lessons.

    GROUP SAILING LESSONS (Ages 13 & Up)

    We provide the boats, life jackets, sailing partner if needed and expert instruction. Upon completion of this class, students must demonstrate the basic skills and knowledge of sailing to receive a Park District Sailing Card, which is required for renting sail boats on Crystal Lake. Water shoes and beach attire are required.

    Resident Fee: $150, Non-Resident Fee: $160

    CODE DATE DAYS TIME
    340211-01 Jun 11 - Jun 14
    M-TH 9 am - 12 pm
    340211-02 Jun 18 & 20, June 25 & 27
    M & W 5 pm - 8 pm
    340211-03
    Jul 9 - Jul 12
    M-TH 1 pm - 4 pm

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    PRIVATE/SEMI-PRIVATE SAILING LESSONS (Ages 13 & Up)

    To schedule lessons, please complete the online form below. For additional information about Semi Private or Private Sailing Lessons, contact Jessica Ortega at jortega@crystallakeparks.org. Submit at least one week in advance of your preferred start date.

    LEVEL SESSIONS NON-RESIDENT FEE RESIDENT DISCOUNT FEE
    Beginner 3 sessions (4 hours total)
    $160 individual
    $260 couple
    $150 individual
    $250 couple
    Experienced 1 session (2 hours total)
    $80 individual
    $135 couple
    $75 individual
    $125 couple

    Boating for Crystal Lake BOAT OWNERS

    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 boat owners living on the lake may contact the Park District Administration office to arrange for a one time boat launch access to put their boat in for the summer season and a one-time boat launch access to remove their boat at the end of season.

    Boat Launch Information Flyer


    2018 Boat Gate Key Card

    Available beginning Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at the Administration Office:

    Park District Residents Only

    Fee: $75, Seniors 60 & older half price (Bring in previous boat gate key and receive $5 off your 2018 boat gate key)

    Please Note: Fee after Labor Day is half price.

    Park District resident boat owners must purchase a new key card each year to use the Main or West Park launch ramps. All watercraft must enter through boat gate. Daily admission fees apply to the permit holder and all guests wanting to use the beach and/or swimming areas at Main or West Beach.

    Boat Gate Key Card Registration/Renewal Form

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

    -Current Illinois Driver's License

    -Illinois Watercraft Registration Card / Paddle Pass

    -Application Fee (see above for amount)

    Attention Boat Gate Key Card Holders: We would like to make you aware of annual events that effect the MAIN BEACH boat launch area:

    Saturday, July 7, 2018 - Fireworks

    • Front gates will open at 9 am.
    • No one is allowed to reserve tables until after 9 am. Items on tables before 9 am will be removed.
    • For everyone's safety, picnic tables are not to be moved to another location of the park.
    • Regular admission applies until 2:30 pm. Starting at 2:30 pm, admission is $3/person.

    Saturday, July 28, 2018 - Cardboard Cup Regatta

    • No parking in the Main Beach boat launch area until AFTER 11 am. Please park in the far back of Main Beach lot along the grass.
    • Registration for the Regatta will be taking place from 9 am - 11 am. Participants will be using the boat launch parking area to register and check-in their boats. Please try to avoid the launch during this time as it will be busy with registration.
    • West Beach launch will not be effected by this event.


    2018 Sailboat Dry Storage

    Storage space is available: April 2 - October 28, 2018

    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 2. Stalls will be leased on a first-come, first-served basis. Sailboats can be stored beginning April 2, and must be removed from storage on or before October 28. 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. Boaters wishing to access the lake must purchase a separate boat gate key.

  • Fishing

    2018 Walk-In Fisherman Keys

    Available beginning Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at the Administration Office

    Park District Residents Only:

    Fee: $25

    Please Note: Fee after Labor Day is half price

    The Park District offers gate keys to residents who want to fish at Main or West Park beaches before the parks open at 9 AM. Keys allow for entrance through the park's special walk-in gates. Small portable boats are NOT allowed through the walk-in gate. All watercraft must enter thru boat gate. Daily admission fees apply to the permit holder and all guests wanting to use the beach and/or swimming areas at Main or West Beach. In order to purchase a card, you must show proof of residency.


    Crystal Lake Park District Fishing Ordinance 11.17

    Fine $50/$75 per fish

    Wading into any park district body of water, other than Crystal Lake, to fish is prohibited. Fishing is allowed from shore or from piers installed for that purpose.

    A. All Illinois Department of Natural Resources Fishing Regulations will be enforced.

    B. Crystal Lake Park District (Crystal Lake and Park District Ponds)

    Species

    Limitations

    All Fish

    3 Poles and Line Fishing Only

    Channel Catfish

    6 Fish Daily Creel Limit

    Largemouth or Smallmouth Bass

    18" Minimum Length, 1 Fish Daily Creel Limit

    Walleye Pike

    18" Minimum Length, 2 Fish Daily Creel Limit

    Northern Pike

    24" Minimum Length, 2 Fish Daily Creel Limit

    Muskellunge

    48" Minimum Length, 1 Fish Daily Creel Limit

    Bluegill or Red Ear Sunfish

    15 Fish in Total Daily Limit

    Crappie-White or Black

    15 Fish in Total Daily Limit

    Yellow Perch

    15 Fish in Total Daily Limit

    C. All fish caught must be taken or released unharmed and in live condition subject to the provisions of this section.

    D. Each fish is a separate violation.

    E. This Fishing Ordinance will be enforced on all Park District bodies of water, including but not limited to:

    • Crystal Lake
    • Woodscreek Park
    • Four Colonies Park
    • Veteran Acres Park
    • Lippold Park
    • Sterne's Woods and Fen
    • Winding Creek Park
    • Willows Edge Park (both ponds)
    • Prairie Ridge Conservation Area

    Print Fishing Ordinance
  • Reservations and Group Outings

    Weekday group rentals at Main or west beach*

    Resident Rate: $1 per person

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

    *Rental agreement required

    Weekday Group Reservation form

    resident group reservations at Main or west beach*

    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.

    Picnic tables are on a first come first served basis.

    Reserved picnic tables: $10 each

    *Resident Reservation Form and guest list required in advance

    Resident family reservation form

    corporate and non-resident weekend reservations*

    Main Beach:

    Minimum guarantee: 25 people

    Maximum: 400 people

    Entrance fee: $5 per person

    Reserved picnic tables: $10 each

    *Reservations in advance required

    Corporate & Non-Resident Reservation Form

    MAIN BEACH PAVILION & BAND SHELL

    Guests may rent the Main Beach Pavilion or Band Shell for their special occasions. The Pavilion features 72" round tables, air temperature control, wood floors and LED light display. The band shell, nestled among the big oak shade trees on the north end of the park, provides the perfect backdrop for your event.

    WEST BEACH PARTY ROOM & PATIO/DECK

    Natural light pours into this party room which sits along the bank of Crystal Lake. Doors access a patio/deck with seating for 12+. Refrigerator, sink, 8" tables make hosting your event easy.

    MAIN & WEST FACILITY INFO

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    Please note: picnic table reservation not accepted Tuesday evenings & holidays


  • swim area Rules

    1. No one may enter the water without a lifeguard on stand. Swimmers must follow lifeguard's instructions. Swimming alone is prohibited.
    2. Persons under the age of 11 must be accompanied by a responsible person 16 years of age or older.
    3. Diving is prohibited.
    4. Swimmers must stay within the roped off area. Red buoys indicate water over 3 feet deep. Swimmers in deep water must be able to swim without assistance.
    5. Children who are not toilet-trained shall wear tight fitting rubber or plastic plants. All swimmers must wear proper swim wear. No street clothes allowed.
    6. Floats and other inflatable devices must be U.S. Coast Guard approved and not allowed past the red buoy line.
    7. The lake water is not suitable for drinking. Avoid swallowing lake water. It is recommended that swimmers shower and towel dry after leaving the water.
    8. Admission to the beach may be refused to all persons suspected of having contagious diseases or infectious conditions.
    9. Admission to the beach may be refused to any person under the influence of alcohol or exhibiting erratic behavior.
    10. Littering is prohibited. No food or drink is permitted in the water. Glass containers of alcohol are not permitted on the beach or swim area.
    11. Feeding of wildlife is prohibited.
    12. Patrons are encouraged to protect themselves from sun exposure.
    13. Patrons are to conduct themselves on the beach and in the water in such a manner as to not jeopardize the safety of him/herself or others.
    14. Beach staff has the authority to implement and enforce rules that are stringent or that supplement those listed here.
    15. 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
  • Forms

    Forms can be downloaded via the links below, but registration is only accepted in person in the Administrative Office, 1 East Crystal Lake Avenue, Crystal Lake

    Beach Pass Registration Forms

    Family Registration Form (printable, use for programs, events, services)

    Beach Group Reservation Forms

    Resident Family Reservation Request (2018)

    Corporate and Non-Resident Group Reservation Request (2018)

    Weekday Group Reservation Request (2018)

    Boat Rental Reservation (2018)

    Main Beach Picnic Area Map

    MAIN & WEST FACILITY REntal INFO