Administrative Services

Administrative Building

1 E. Crystal Lake Avenue, Crystal Lake

Hours of Operation

Monday-Tuesday, 8:30 AM -5 PM

Wednesday, 8:30 AM-7 PM (beginning 9/5/18)

Thursday-Friday, 8:30 AM -5 PM

Saturdays, April 1-July 29, 9:30 AM-NOON

2018 Walk-In Fisherman Keycard

Available and valid January 2-December 31, 2018

Park District Residents Only

Fee: $25 per calendar year

Beginning September 4, 2018 fee is half price.

Replacement fee for lost cards of current holders: $10

The Park District offers gate key cards to residents who want to fish at Main or West Park beaches before the park opens at 9 AM. Keys allow for entrance through the park's special walk-in gates. Watercraft and boats of any size are NOT allowed through the walk-in gates. All watercraft must enter through the boat gate. Daily admission fees apply to the fishing gate and all guests wanting to use the beach and swimming areas at either beach.

To Purchase:

Current IL Drivers License or State Issued ID Card

Key Fee


2018 Boat Gate Keycard

Available and valid January 2-December 31, 2018

Park District Residents Only

Fee: $75 per calendar year, Senior 60 & Older $37.50

Beginning September 4, 2018 fee is half price.

Replacement fee for lost cards of current holders: $10

Bring in your old boat gate keycard at the time of purchase and receive $5 off your new keycard.

Park District boat owners must purchase a new keycard each year to use the Main or West Park launch ramps. All watercraft must enter through the boat gate. Daily admission fees apply to the boat gate keyholder and all guests wanting to use the beach and swimming areas at either beach.

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


Sailboat Dry Storage

Available April 1-October 28, 2018 (SOLD OUT for 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 that do not have a catamaran-style hull. Only one boat can be stored in each stall. Registration for dry storage spaces begins April 2 and will be leased on a first-come, first-served basis. Sailboats may be stored beginning April 3 and must be removed from storage on or before October 28. One dry storage slip per household.

In order to rent a stall, you must provide the following documents in person:

  • Current Illinois Driver's License
  • Illinois Watercraft Registration Card
  • Storage Fee*
  • Boat Launch key fee (if not previously purchased)

*Storage fee includes a key for the compound, but does not include a key card for the boat gate. Boaters wanting to access the lake must purchase a separate boat gate key card.

Dry Storage Guidelines


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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
  • Fee (as listed below)

Hound Town Rules

Hound Town Waiver

FEES

Rates First Dog Each Additional Dog
Resident Fee $30 $ 6
Senior Resident Fee (Age 60+) $15 $ 3
Non-Resident Fee $45 $10
Senior Non-Resident Fee (Age 60+) $30 $ 3
Please note: Beginning September 4, 2018 fee is half price.

*Bring in your old boat gate keycard at the time of purchase and receive $5 off your new keycard.


2018 Illinois Sports Licenses

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

Illinois licenses run on an April 1 to March 31 calendar season. Licenses are available for purchase at our Administration office during business hours. Identification, such as previous year's sports license or driver's license is required. For your initial electronic purchase, a Social Security number is required.

Under 16 Years Old: Residents and non-residents under 16 are not required to buy a fishing license, migratory waterfowl stamp or federal duck stamp. To purchase a hunting license, students are required to pass a Hunter Safety Certification course.


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

January 2-Feb 28 (5 pm): 2017 plot holders may purchase plot from last year

Mar 1-3: Current plot owners may switch to new plots

Mar 6-17: Plots are available on a first come, first serve basis to residents

Beginning Mar 20: 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.

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 asandor@crystallakeparks.org.

RESIDENT FEE $35
NON-RESIDENT FEE $50
RESIDENT SENIOR FEE (AGE 60+) $20
NON-RESIDENT SENIOR FEE (AGE 60+) $35


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.


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 Kim Buscemi, 815-459-0680, x1217 or email kbuscemi@crystallakeparks.org

Scholarship Form


Memorials and Donations

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

TREES

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 Coffee, 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.

Tree Marker

Tree donations are publicly recognized with an engraved brass leaf that is placed on the Tree of Life in the Crystal Lake Park District Administrative Office. For an additional fee, a tree marker can be made with your customized message and placed by the tree. Please note: as of January 1, 2018 plaques are not longer allowed to be placed in or around the tree.

Bench

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.

HOW TO DONATE

If you would like to consider a tree memorial for 2018, download the Tree 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. 1205