The Crystal Lake Park District does not provide insurance coverage for injuries suffered while using park facilities.

The Crystal Lake Park District is committed to conducting its recreation programs in a safe manner and holds the safety of participants in high regard. The Crystal Lake Park District continually strives to reduce such risks and insists that all participants follow safety rules and instructions that are designed to protect the participants' safety. However, participants and parents/guardians of minors registering for this program/activity must recognize that there is an inherent risk of injury when choosing to participate in recreational activities.

You are solely responsible for determining if you or your minor child/ward are physically fit and/or skilled for the activities contemplated by this agreement. It is always advisable, especially if the participant is pregnant, disabled in any way or recently suffered an illness, injury or impairment, to consult a physician before undertaking any physical activity.


Check your tax bill, or call the Park District Office at 815.459.0680.

There is a donation request form that should be filled out for consideration and a staff member will contact you.

The Crystal Lake Park District has installed a THOR GUARD Lightning Prediction System. The base unit is on the roof of the Soccer Federation's soccer house. Satellite units are placed at Lippold Family Golf Center, Main Beach, and West Beach, as these sites are within a two-mile radius of the base unit. This system predicts when conditions indicate the potential for a lightning strike; it will give a warning eight to 20 minutes in advance of a potential strike, so that everyone can take shelter.

When it senses the potential for a lightning strike-THOR GUARD will sound a 15 second siren and the strobe light on top of the unit will go off. The strobe light stays on as long as there is danger of a potential strike. Everyone must seek shelter immediately in a building or non-convertible automobile.

When the potential for lightning has passed- THOR GUARD sounds three (3) blasts of the siren and the strobe light turns off. This may be as soon as 10 minutes after the system has gone off.

When the THOR GUARD sounds the warning siren and the strobe light is on:

  1. All activities will stop immediately.
  2. It is recommended that park patrons seek shelter in their cars (with the windows rolled up) or in a building. Patrons should avoid areas that are higher than the surrounding landscape, they should not use a tree for shelter, and they should keep away from metal objects such as bicycles, golf clubs, fences, umbrellas, etc.
  3. Even if the weather appears not to be threatening, everyone should seek shelter. People have been struck, in the past, by a bolt out of the blue. A bolt out of the blue is one that strikes when the sky is clear.
  4. Remain in the shelter until the THOR GUARD sounds three blasts of the siren and the strobe light turns off, signaling the all-clear.

The THOR GUARD System helps assess the conditions. Neither the signal nor the system is intended to guarantee that conditions are safe. If the weather is threatening and no warning signal is heard or seen, use good judgment and take shelter. Do not wait for the warning signal to activate, as the system can malfunction.


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

Yes! We would love to see it and possibly use it in upcoming publications. Contact Jenny Leech at 815.459.0680 ext. 1212 or email at Submit photos of yourself, your family, or of a general activity taking place within a Crystal Lake Park District program, special event, park or facility. If your photo is selected, we will highlight the photo with a caption giving recognition to the photographer and what the photo represents.

By submitting photos to the Crystal Lake Park District, you are giving your permission for publication. Photos become the property of the Crystal Lake Park District. The Crystal Lake Park District uses pictures of participants to publicize recreation opportunities. If you do not want a picture taken, please tell our photographer. If the picture has already been taken, please contact the Park District at 815.459.0680 ext. 1212.


The Crystal Lake Parks Initiative Foundation supports the work of the Crystal Lake Park District. You can make a donation via the Crystal Lake Park Initiative Foundation website at