Beaches

  • Map of Crystal Lake and Nearby Parks


    We look forward to your visit to the beach

    for the 2020 Beach Season!


    2020 HOURS OF OPERATION

    Update: June 1, 2020

    Main and West Beach remain closed pending direction from the IDPH. If beaches are able to open, consideration to open West Beach as well as Main Beach will be given provided we are able to properly and safely staff the beach.

    Update: May 22, 2020

    With all the uncertainty, summer 2020 is going to be much different than previous summers in our community. The Restore Illinois Five Phase Plan issued by Governor Pritzker's Office is the plan directing how we move forward based on science and data surrounding the fluid COVID-19 virus situation. We wanted to provide you with this brief update on summer at the Crystal Lake Park District.

    Beaches and Boat Rental

    oThe opening of the beach at Main Beach is on hold until further notice

    Request Email Update for 2020 Beach Operations

    oWest Beach will not open for the 2020 summer

    oPublic Beach operations are included in Phase 4: Revitalization which could occur in early July

    oMain Beach Park will be open - The beach area and playground will remain closed per the Governor's Executive Order and have been fenced off due to the start of the "swim season"

    oBoat rentals will be available in the near future

    oBoat launches will remain open for those with boat launch gate keys

    Location

    Main Beach Swim Area

    300 Lakeshore Drive

    Crystal Lake

    815.477.5404

    West Beach Swim Area

    2330 Lake Avenue

    Crystal Lake

    closed for summer 2020

    *see above

    Please note:

    A handicapped beach wheelchair is available at both Main Beach and West Beach. Please contact Main Beach Office at 815-477-5404 for further information.


    Swim Areas or portions of the swim area 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

    2020 DAILY BEACH FEES- RESIDENT

    Resident Daily Admission

    Price

    Park District residents

    $1

    Resident guests

    $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

    Parking FREE

    2020 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 valid photo ID with a Crystal Lake Park District address or current utility bill is required to receive Resident Beach Pass rates for Crystal Lake Park District Residents.

    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 Fireworks Day-July 5, 2020)

    2020 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


    2020 DAILY BEACH FEES / NON-RESIDENT

    Non-Resident Daily Admission

    Price

    Non-Resident Adults (age 16-59 years)

    $12

    Youth (age 4-15 years)

    $8

    Seniors (age 60 & older)

    $8

    Ages 3 & under

    FREE

    Twilight Rate (begins at 5 PM)

    1/2 price admission

    Parking FREE

    2020 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. (*excludes Memorial Day and Fireworks Day-July 5, 2020)

    2020 Non-Resident Season Beach Pass

    Price

    Individual Season Beach Pass

    $55

    Season Beach Pass replacement

    $5


    Main Beach Grounds


    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.

    Summer 2020 Special Events

    Jun 2-Aug 11: Tuesday Night Concerts in the Park

    Jun 13: Beach Bash

    Jul 5: Fireworks

    Jul 25: Cardboard Boat Regatta

    Aug 16: Monarchs & Music

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


  • Boating

    Boat Rental

    June 1, 2020 update:

    Boat Rentals at Main Beach will be available beginning June 8. Information regarding the reservation process will be announced via our website and social media prior to June 8.

    Beaches and Boat Rental

    oThe opening of the beach at Main Beach is on hold until further notice

    oWest Beach will not open for the 2020 summer

    oPublic Beach operations are included in Phase 4: Revitalization which could occur in early July

    oMain Beach Park will be open - The beach area and playground will remain closed per the Governor's Executive Order and have been fenced off due to the start of the "swim season"

    oBoat rentals will be available in the near future

    oBoat launches will remain open for those with boat launch gate keys

    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 after 7 pm

    All renters must sign a Boat Rental Waiver. Available at Boathouse or print in advance (see link below).

    • 12 - 15 year olds may use boats with a signature of a parent/guardian who is present on the beach.
    • 16 - 17 year olds may use boats with a signature of a parent/guardian.
    • For sailboat rental, participants under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian in the sailboat.
    Print Waiver

    Type of Boat

    Hourly Fees

    Paddle boat

    $10

    Canoe

    $10

    Sailboat*

    $12

    Rowboat**

    $10

    Kayak

    $10

    Stand Up Paddle Board

    $12

    Dragon Paddle Boat
    $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. Sailboat participants under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian in the sailboat.

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


    RULES AND REGULATIONS

    Including wake/no-wake hours, speed limits, and lake usage stickers. Please note: the link above will take you to the City of Crystal Lake public document website


    Sailing Lessons-Summer 2020

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

    Anyone wishing to rent sail boat from the Crystal Lake Park District Boat House must present a sailing card from a Crystal Lake Park District course, or another reputable organization. Sailors may also present ownership papers of a sailboat to rent a boat on Crystal Lake. Passengers do NOT need to present card, only person sailing.

    GROUP SAILING LESSONS (Ages 13 & Up)

    Enjoy the carefree life of a sailor! We provide the boats, lifejackets, 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: $160, Non-Resident Fee: $170

    Registration deadline is 3 days prior to the start of the class

    CODE DATE DAYS TIME
    340211-01 info coming soon


    340211-02 info coming soon


    340211-03
    info coming soon


    340211-01340211-02340211-03

    Please note: above program code links will be active on May 1, 2020

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

    To schedule lessons, first complete the Private Lesson Request Form and submit at least one week in advance of your preferred start date. For additional information, contact Heidi Stolt at hstolt@crystallakeparks.org.


    Boating for Crystal Lake BOAT OWNERS

    Update May 1, 2020

    Boating is allowed on Crystal Lake to boat gate key card holders. Currently access is allowed for both 2019 AND 2020 key card holders. View information below regarding purchase of a 2020 boat launch key card. While the Park District handles access to the lake via the boat launches, the Village of Lakewood is responsible for enforcement of on the water regulations. Please contact the Village of Lakewood for additional information regarding watercraft regulation on Crystal Lake.

    All residents of the Crystal Lake Park District are eligible to boat on Crystal Lake. See Boat Gate Key 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 at 815-459-0680 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


    Kayak & Stand up paddleboard owners

    In order to place your watercraft (i.e. jet skis, kayaks, stand up paddleboard inflatables, etc.) on Crystal Lake, from either a public or private launch site, the following criteria must be met:

    • 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.
    • The watercraft's registration must reflect the resident's name.
    • You must purchase an Annual Lake Usage Decal at Crystal Lake's City Hall.
    In order to launch onto Crystal Lake via the Main or West Beach boat launches. Please purchase a Boat Gate Key Card at the Crystal Lake Park District Admin. Office drive up window(info below).

    2020 Boat Gate Key Card

    With the Governor's Executive Order now allowing boating, boat gate launch keys will be on sale beginning Mon, May 4 for limited hours at the Administration Building drive-through only. The hours for boat gate launch keys will be Monday-Friday, 8:30 am-noon.

    The Boat Gate key card registration form and guidelines can be found below.

    Note:
    2019 boat gate keys will be active until further notice. All 2019 key holders will be notified via email at least 1 week prior to de-activation.

    Park District Residents Only

    Fee: $80, Seniors 60 & older half price, bring in your 2019 key card to receive a $5 discount.

    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 boat gate key card, you must provide all the following documents in person at the Crystal Lake Park District Administrative Office:

    -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 5, 2020- 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 Resident and Non-Resident admission applies until 2:30 pm. Starting at 2:30 pm, admission is $3/person.

    Saturday, July 25, 2020 - Cardboard Cup Regatta -CANCELLED

    • 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.


    2020 West beach Watercraft Dry Storage

    Storage space is available: April 1, 2020-October 23, 2020

    Park District Residents Only

    Fee: $80

    The Park District has 18 boat stalls available for rental in the West Park dry storage compound. Registration for dry storage spaces begins April 1. Stalls will be leased on a first-come, first-served basis. Watercraft may be stored beginning April 1, and must be removed from storage on or before October 25.

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

    • Current Illinois Driver's License
    • Illinois boat registration card
    • $80 storage fee

    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.

    Staff Capacity:

    • One sailboat 16 feet or under that does not have a catamaran-style hull
    • OR, two kayaks or two canoes or two stand-up paddle boards
    • OR one row boat
  • Fishing

    2020 Walk-In Fisherman Keys

    Available beginning Thursday, January 2, 2020 at the Administration Office

    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. Keys allow for entrance through the park's special walk-in gates. Watercraft are NOT allowed through the walk-in gate. All watercraft must enter thru boat gate. Daily admission fees apply to the key 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 of the Crystal Lake Park District.


    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-page 9

    Crystal Lake Park District FiSH Stocking Program

  • Reservations and Group Outings

    May 22 Update: Due to the circumstances surrounding COVID-19, please contact Heidi Stolt, Recreation Aquatics Supervisor at hstolt@crystallakeparks.org prior to booking any reservations or group outings.

    2020 Weekday Field Trips at Main or west beach

    Rate: $5 per person (minimum 12 people)

    Weekday Group Reservation Form required.

    field trip Reservation form

    2020 group reservations at Main or west beach

    Main Beach: Min guarantee: 25 people Max: 400 people

    West Beach: Min guarantee: 25 people Max: 50 people

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    Resident Admission: $1/person. Each non-resident guest is $4 (children under 3 years and adults over 60 years are free)

    Non-Resident Admission or Corporate Group Admission: $7/person. Each resident guest is $1 (children under 3 years and adults over 60 years are free)

    Reserved picnic tables: $10 each; random picnic tables are on a first-come, first-served basis

    Additional Amenities: Notice required at least one week in advance

    Tents brought into beach: 10x10 or smaller pop up tents - no charge; Staked tents: $75

    **all staked tents require (5) day advance permission from Crystal Lake Park District staff due to limited areas that can accommodate stakes in ground.

    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.

    Contact Lauren Thibodeau

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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 in the stand. Swimmers must follow lifeguard's instructions.
    2. Swimmers must stay within the roped off area. Red Buoys indicate water over 3 feet deep. Blue Buoys indicate water over 5 feet deep.
    3. No floats allowed beyond 3 foot buoy line. Flotation devices must be inspected by staff to ensure proper type and U.S. Coast Guard approved. Personal flotation devices are on hand for swimmers to use.
    4. 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.
    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 authority to implement and enforce rules that are stringent or that supplement those listed here.
    13. No pets allowed. Licensed service animals 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 premise.
    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 riding of bicycles, skateboards, or roller skates allowed in the park.
    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. All watercraft must go through the boat launch area with a purchased boat launch key card.
    27. Patrons are encouraged to protect themselves from sun exposure.
    28. Flagpoles located at Main and West Beaches carry color-coded weather flags. 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 E. Crystal Lake Avenue, Crystal Lake

    Beach Pass Registration Forms

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

    Beach Group Reservation Forms

    Reservation Request

    Weekday Field Trip Reservation Request

    Main Beach Picnic Area Map

    Boating

    Boat Rental Waiver

    MAIN & WEST FACILITY REntal INFO