Yes, the Park District offers a gate keys to residents who want to fish at West Park beach before the parks open (10 am). Complete information about purchasing a Boat Key Card is under the About Us/Administrative Services tab.

In order to place your watercraft (i.e. jetskis, 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. Additional info including fees for boat launch key card, can be found on our on our Beach Information page.


Yes, Crystal Lake Park District's residents only may boat on Crystal Lake. Park District resident boat owners must purchase a new key each year to use the Main or West Park launch ramps. Complete information about purchasing a Watercraft lake Usage Decal and/or Boat Gate Key Fob can be found under the About Us/Administrative Services tab.