Administrative Services

Administrative Building

1 E. Crystal Lake Avenue, Crystal Lake

Regular Hours of Operation

Monday-Friday, 8:30 AM -5 PM

Extended Hours (April-July)

Wednesday, 8:30 AM-6:30 PM

Saturdays, 9:30 AM-NOON

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2019 Walk-In Fisherman Keycard

Available and valid January 2-December 31, 2019

Park District Residents Only:

Fee: $30

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.

To Purchase:

Current IL Drivers License or State Issued ID Card

Key Fee

2019 Boat Gate Keycard

Available beginning Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at the Administration Office:

Park District Residents Only

Fee: $80, Seniors 60 & older half price (Bring in previous boat gate key and receive $5 off your 2019 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

Please note: in order to purchase a card you must provide all of the following documents in person:

  • Current Illinois Driver's License
  • Illinois Watercraft Registration Card
  • Keycard Fee

Boat Launch Guidelines

2019 watercraft Dry Storage

Storage space is available: April 1, 2019

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 watercraft 16 feet or under that do not have a catamaran-style hull. Registration for dry storage spaces begin on April 1 and will be leased on a first-come, first-served basis. Watercrafts may be stored beginning April 1 and must be removed from storage on or before October 25. 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.


Hound Town is a three-acre park located in the heart of the Lippold Park Sport Complex. It is a place where dogs can socialize and run off leash. The park is entirely fenced and is open year-round, dawn to dusk.

Gate Key Card

Crystal Lake Park District residents and non-residents may purchase a key card at the Administration Office.

You will need to bring the following documents in person:

  • Proof of Residence
  • Proof of Rabies vaccination from your veterinarian

2019 Hound Town Gate Key Cards will be half price after Labor Day

2019 Fees

effective January 1, 2019-December 31, 2019

Rates First Dog Each Additional Dog
Resident Fee $35 $10
Senior Resident Fee (age 60+) $20 $5
Non-Resident Fee $50 $10
Senior Non-Resident Fee (age 60+) $35 $5

Hound Town Rules

HOUND TOWN registration form/WAIVER

2019 Illinois Sports Licenses

Illinois Hunting, Fishing, and Trapping Licenses, Stamps and Permits

Beginning March 1, 2019 the Crystal Lake Park District will no longer sell Illinois licenses through the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). Patrons can purchase their Illinois licenses on the IDNR website beginning March 1. There is a list of agencies in the area for the purchase of special permits on the IDNR website.

Illinois Water Usage Stamps

Illinois Water Usage Stamps for non-motorized watercraft, canoe, kayak, paddle boat, or sailboards are NO LONGER REQUIRED.

IN order to place your watercraft on Crystal Lake, whether from a pubic or private launch site, the following is required. Please note that his includes all types of watercraft, including jet skis, kayaks, inflatables and more.

  • You must be a resident of the City of Crystal Lake, the Village of Lakewood or reside in the Crystal Lake Park District's boundaries.
  • Purchase an Annual Lake Usage Decal at the Finance/Administration window in the main lobby at Crystal Lake City Hall.
  • The watercraft's registration must reflect the resident's name.

For more information visit the City of Crystal Lake website

Hill Farm Acres Garden Plots

Hill Farm Acres is located at 695 Barlina Road, behind Barlina House Preschool and Barn.

Garden plot dimensions: 20' x 40'

Growing season: May 1-October 31

Feb 4-Mar 1: 2018 plot holders may purchase plot from last year

Mar 4-8: Current plot owners may switch to new plots

Mar 11: Registration is open to Park District residents

Mar 18: Registration open to the public

Registration/reservation is in person only at the Crystal Lake Park District Administration Building located at 1 E. Crystal Lake Avenue during the hours of 8:30 AM -5 PM, Monday-Friday, Wednesdays 8:30 AM-7 PM.

Gardeners will receive plot assignments at time of registration along with the plot guidelines/soil preparation for our organic gardens. An email needs to be provided at time of registration to receive up-to-date information during the growing year. Questions? Contact Anne Sandor at


Gift Cards

Need a gift idea? Gift cards are available year round and can be used for classes, special events, senior trips, mini-golf and golf range, The Racket Club, Beach Pass or Boat Gate Key and Hound Town Key. Purchase gift cards in person at the Administration Building, 1 E. Crystal Lake Avenue, Crystal Lake during the office hours listed at the top of the page.

Gift Card Ideas

Scholarship Assistance

The Crystal Lake Park District recognizes that there are families in our community who suffer economic setbacks which prevent their children from joining our programs. We offer class scholarships to help those in need. One week notice is required for review of scholarship application. For more information, please call Kurt Reckamp 815.459.0680 x1216 or email

Scholarship Form

Tree/Bench Memorials and Donations

The Crystal Lake Park District offers options to purchase a personal dedication in our parks:


Your tree will be planted in Ken Bird Park, located on Thomasville Lane between Village Road and Miller Road.

Shade Tree Options

Paperbark Maple, Kentucky Coffeetree, State Street Maple, Ironwood, Freeman Maple, Buckeye, Marmo Maple, Swamp White Oak, Sugar Maple, Red Oak, Hybrid Elm, Gingko, Ivory Silk Tree Lilac, Cucumber Magnolia, Tri Color Beech, American Century Linden.

Your will be contacted to discuss order details. A gift card commemorating your donation will be sent to a person of your choice and you will receive notice after the tree has been planted.

Orders placed before May 15 will be planted in the spring. Orders placed between May 15 and October 15 will be planted in the fall. It is not possible to specify an exact date of planting. If the tree dies within the first year after planting, it will be replaced at not charge. Replacements after one year are optional, and the donor is responsible for the cost. The cost of the tree includes planting and maintenance. To protect the tree from damage and disease, and to reduce littering, donors may not decorate the tree or leave personal mementos at the planting site. Items placed near the tree will be removed.


As of January 1, 2018, plaques are no longer allowed to be placed in or around the tree. Your donation will be recognized with a leaf shaped brass engraving on the Tree of Life in the Administrative Office lobby. You may customize the message on the Tree Order Form.

Bench Donations

Park benches may also be donated. The bench size, location and style is determined by the park district. A small plaque will be installed on the seat back of the bench at no charge. Benches can be installed year-round as weather permits. Please allow 8-10 weeks for installation.


If you would like to consider a tree or bench memorial for 2019-2020, download the Tree/Bench Memorial Information form. Credit card payments must be made in person at the Crystal Lake Park District Administrative Office. You will be contacted when your order is received to discuss the details. A gift card commemorating your donation will be sent to the person of your choice and you will receive a notice after the tree has been planted. For more information contact Ann Viger, 815.459.0680 ext. 4205