Beaches

  • Location

    Main Beach Swim Area

    300 Lake Shore Drive,

    Crystal Lake

    West Beach Swim Area

    2330 Lake Avenue,

    Crystal Lake

    Pre-Season

    May 27 - May 29 (Sat-Mon)

    9am-dusk

    May 30 - June 2 (Tues - Fri)

    12pm - dusk

    June 3 - June 4 (Sat-Sun)

    9am-dusk

    May 27 - May 29 (Sat-Mon)

    10am-7:30pm

    May 30 - June 2 (Tues - Fri)

    3pm-6pm

    June 3 - June 4 (Sat-Sun)

    10am-7:30pm

    Regular Season

    June 5 - Aug 11

    (7days a week)

    9am - dusk

    June 5 - Aug 11

    (7days a week)

    10am - 7:30pm

    Post Season

    Aug 12-13, Aug 19-20, Aug 26-27, Sep 2-4

    (weekends only)

    10am - 7 pm

    Aug 12-13, Aug 19-20, Aug 26-27, Sep 2-4

    (weekends only)

    11am - 6pm

    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 have noticed Main Beach swimming area has been closed more than usual this summer. This can often occur with large amounts of rainfall, like we have had the past few weeks. The rainfall can elevate the bacteria levels in the water. The lake flows from the west to the east, and then out the spill way. While West Beach may be perfectly fine, this is why Main Beach may be closed. It can take time for this to happen and it is often the shallow water area of the Main Beach Swimming Area that has the elevated levels.

    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 levels could be elevated. We are in constant communication with the McHenry County Health Department to ensure we are letting swimmers know.

    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

    2017 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

    2017 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 (*excludes Memorial Day and Fourth of July.)

    NEW for 2017 Season Pass Holder Appreciation Savings

    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


    2017 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

    2017 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. Pass holders will also receive 2 daily admission guest passes at time of pass purchase.

    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).

    Bike Compound

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

    Handicapped Beach Wheelchair

    A Handicapped Beach Wheelchair is available at Main Beach. Please contact Main Beach Office for further information.

    Dogs and Other Animals at Beaches

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

    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, Kids Party in the Park and the Crystal Lake Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Blast on the Beach. During week, families take advantage of special activities planned daily at Main Beach. See the summer brochure for a special and daily event schedule. Page 5 in the summer brochure available on May 5.

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    In the fall, 1000's of children and their families gather for Truck or Treat. In the winter, Main Beach is the check in spot for adult golfers and ice hockey players looking to challenge other teams in the Crystal Lake Park District Ice Games.

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


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  • ----boating.jpgBoating

    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 7pm.

    • 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.

    Print Waiver

    Type of Boat

    Hourly Fees

    Paddle boat

    $8

    Canoe

    $8

    Sailboat*

    $12

    Rowboat**

    $8

    Kayak

    $8

    Stand Up Paddle Board

    $10

    *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 and Canoeing Lessons

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

    Boating Information Summer Brochure

    Group Canoeing Lessons (Ages 9 & up)

    You'll learn the power stroke, steering, and how to setup and post. This class covers safety information, how to right a tipped canoe and how to paddle in tandem and switch sides. Canoes, paddles and life vests provided. We will transport participants from the Nature Center to an off-site location via Park District bus.

    Resident Fee: $15, Non-Resident Fee: $25
    CODE DATE TIME
    322312-01 June 24
    11 am-12:30 pm
    322312-02 July 20
    5-6:30 pm

    Register for Canoe 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: $120, Non-Resident Fee: $130

    CODE DATE TIME
    340211-01 June 26-29 1-4 pm
    340211-02 July 19-20 & July 36 & 27 5:30-8:30 pm
    3450211-03 July 24-July 27 9 am-Noon

    Register for Group Sailing Lessons

    Private/Semi-Private Sailing Lessons (Ages 13 & up)

    To schedule a private lesson, first complete the Private Lesson Request Form and 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

    Private Lesson Request Form


    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 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.

    Available beginning Monday, January 3, 2017 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 2017 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.

    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:

    Sunday, July 2- Fireworks

    • Front gates will open at 9am.
    • No one is allowed to reserve tables until after 9am. 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 29-Cardboard Cup Regatta

    • No parking in the Main Beach boat launch area until AFTER 11am. Please park in the far back of main beach lot along the grass.
    • Registration for the Regatta will be taking place from 9am - 11am. 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.

    Saturday, August 5 (rain date August 6)-Blast on the Beach

    • No parking in the Main Beach boat launch - ALL DAY. Please park in the far back of main beach lot along the grass.
    • Vendors for this event will be using the boat launch parking area for set-up 10am-3pm and then for break down 8:30-10pm. Please consider avoiding using the launch during these times as it will be very busy with cars going in and out.
    • West Beach launch will not be effected by this event.


    2017 Sailboat Dry Storage

    Storage space is available: April 3 - October 29, 2017

    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 3. Stalls will be leased on a first-come, first-served basis. Sailboats can be stored beginning April 3, and must be removed from storage on or before October 29. 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

    2017 Walk-In Fisherman Keys

    Available beginning Monday, January 3, 2017 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
  • Beach Family Reservations and Group Outings

    picnic areas

    Did you know that Crystal Lake Residents can bring in guests at a discounted rate?

    • 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
    • You can reserve picnic tables ($10/table) in advance and have them arranged in a special location (see below)

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    PICNIC RENTAL 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


    Birthday Party Packages

    Party Package Includes:

    Beach Admission

    Freeze Pops

    Reserved Picnic Tables

    Beach Ball for Birthday Child

    Fees

    Residents $5 , Non-Residents $10

    (Does not include facility rental)

    Fees based per person, Min 10 people

    Advanced Reservation Only

    Contact Kim Buscemi at 815-459-0680 x 1217 or kbuscemi@crystallakeparks.org

    BIRTHDAY PARTY RESERVATION FORM


  • Beach Rules

    1. No one may enter the water without a lifeguard in the stand. Swimmers must follow lifeguard's instructions.
    2. Swimmers must stay within the roped off area. Blue Buoys indicate water over 3 feet deep. Red Buoys indicate water over 5 feet deep.
    3. No floats allowed beyond 3 foot buoy line. Floatation devices must be inspected by staff to ensure proper type and U.S. Coast Guard approved. A limited number of floatation devices are on hand for swimmers to use.
    4. 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.
    5. No Diving allowed.
    6. No food or drink in the water.
    7. Children under the age of the age of 11 must be accompanied by a person 16 years of age or older.
    8. The lake water is not suitable for drinking. It is recommended swimmers shower and towel dry after leaving the water.
    9. All infants must wear rubber or plastic pants. All swimmers must wear proper swimwear. No street clothes allowed.
    10. Persons under the influence of alcohol or exhibiting erratic behavior will not be permitted in the beach area.
    11. Admission to the beach may be refused to all persons suspected to have contagious diseases or infectious conditions.
    12. Staff has the right to restrict behavior of patrons.
    13. No pets allowed. Licensed service dogs are exempt.
    14. Do not feed the geese or other wildlife.
    15. Obey lightning detection system rules for shelter.
    16. Grill equipment and supplies must be brought in through the front gate only. Only charcoal grills will be permitted.
    17. Drop-off catering supplies must be brought in through the front gate only.
    18. Tents should be no larger than an EZ-Up size, 10ft by 10ft.
    19. Beer and wine permitted in picnic areas only.
    20. Glass containers are not permitted on the beach or playground.
    21. Use receptacles provided for trash, charcoal, and recycling.
    22. Crystal Lake Park District special events may restrict coolers in certain areas of the park.
    23. No bicycles, skateboards, or roller skates allowed beyond gates between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
    24. In an emergency, call 9-1-1.
    25. 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.
    26. No walk-in boats, paddle boards, rubber rafts (all boats must go through the boat launch area with a purchased boat launch key card).
    27. 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 Tag Registration Forms

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

    Beach Group Reservation Forms

    Resident Family Reservation Request (2017)

    Corporate and Non-Resident Group Reservation Request (2017)

    Weekday Group Reservation Request (2017)

    Birthday Party Reservation Request

    Main Beach Picnic Area Map