Beaches

  • Map of Crystal Lake and Nearby Parks


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    2019 HOURS OF OPERATION

    Beaches will be open Memorial Day weekend-Labor Day weekend

    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 25 - May 27 (Sat-Mon)

    9 am - Dusk

    May 28 - May 31 (Tues - Fri)

    12 pm - Dusk


    May 25 - May 27 (Sat-Mon)

    10 am - 7:30 pm

    May 28 - May 31 (Tues - Fri)

    3 pm - 6 pm

    Regular Season

    Jun 1 - Aug 9

    (7 days a week)

    9 am - Dusk

    Jun 1 - Aug 9

    (7 days a week)

    10 am - 7:30 pm

    Post Season

    Aug 10 & 11, Aug 17 & 18,

    Aug 24 & 25, Aug 31-Sep 1 & 2

    (weekends only)

    10 am - 7 pm

    Aug 10 & 11, Aug 17 & 18,

    Aug 24 & 25, Aug 31-Sep 1 & 2

    (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 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

    2019 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

    2019 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.)

    2019 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


    2019 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

    2019 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.

    2019 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 2019 Special Events

    Jun 9: Bike with Your Neighbor

    Jun 12: Family Game Night (advance registration required)

    Jun 4-Aug 6: Tuesday Night Concerts in the Park

    Jun 22: Beach Bash

    Jul 7: Fireworks

    Jul 19: Kids Party in the Park

    Jul 27: Cardboard Boat Regatta

    Aug 11: Monarchs & Music

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


  • Boating

    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 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.
    Print Waiver

    Type of Boat

    Hourly Fees

    Peddle boat

    $10

    Canoe

    $10

    Sailboat*

    $12

    Rowboat**

    $10

    Kayak

    $10

    Stand Up Paddle Board

    $12

    Dragon Peddle 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.

    ** 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 2019

    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 papes 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 Jun 10 - Jun 13
    M-TH 1-4 pm
    340211-02 Jun 17 & 19, June 24 & 26
    M & W 5 pm-8 pm
    340211-03
    Jul 29 - Aug 1
    M-TH 1-4 pm

    340211-01340211-02340211-03

    Please note: above program code links will be active on May 1, 2019

    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.

    LEVEL SESSIONS NON-RESIDENT FEE RESIDENT DISCOUNT FEE
    Beginner 4 hours total
    $160 individual
    $260 couple
    $150 individual
    $250 couple
    Experienced 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


    2019 Boat Gate Key Card

    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

    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 7, 2019 - 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, 2019 - 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.


    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. 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

    2019 Walk-In Fisherman Keys

    Available beginning Tuesday, January 2, 2019 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 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

    Crystal Lake Park District FiSH Stocking Program

  • Reservations and Group Outings

    2019 Weekday group rentals at Main or west beach*

    Resident Rate: $1 per person

    Non-Resident Rate: $5 per person (minimum 12 people)

    *Rental agreement required

    Weekday Group Reservation form

    2019 resident group reservations at Main or west beach*

    Applies to a resident family that is bringing in other resident families and non-resident guests.

    Resident Reservation Form and guest list required in advance (proof of residency may be required if not booked in advance)

    Each resident can bring in a non-resident guest for $4

    Guest under 3 years of age and over 60 years of age will receive free admission.

    Picnic tables are on a first come first served basis.

    Reserved picnic tables: $10 each

    Additional Amenities (notice required at least one week in advance)

    *Resident Reservation Form and guest list required 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.

    **tents over 200 sq feet require a permit from the Crystal Lake Fire Department

    Resident family reservation form

    2019 corporate and non-resident weekend reservations*

    Main Beach

    Minimum guarantee: 25 people

    Maximum: 400 people

    Entrance fee: $7 per person, guests under 3 years of age will receive free admission

    Reserved picnic tables: $10 each

    *Reservations in advance required

    Additional Amenities (notice required at least one week in advance)

    *Resident Reservation Form and guest list required 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.

    **tents over 200 sq feet require a permit from the Crystal Lake Fire Department

    Corporate & Non-Resident Reservation Form

    West Beach

    Minimum guarantee: 25 people

    Maximum: 50 people

    Entrance fee: $7 per person, guests under 3 years of age will receive free admission

    Reserved picnic tables: $10 each

    *Reservations in advance required

    Additional Amenities (notice required at least one week in advance)

    *Resident Reservation Form and guest list required in advance

    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.

    Contact Lauren Thibodeau

    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 E. 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

    Corporate and Non-Resident Group Reservation Request

    Weekday Group Reservation Request

    Boat Rental Reservation

    Main Beach Picnic Area Map

    Boating

    Boat Rental Waiver

    MAIN & WEST FACILITY REntal INFO