2023 Beach Operations-Main Beach Opens Sat, May 27

Sat May 27, 2023

Crystal Lake Park District Main Beach opens for the season on Sat, May 27 at 9 am and West Beach open for the season on Saturday, June 3 at 9 am. The beaches are open to Residents and Non-Residents.

To access beach visitor information including picnic or group reservation forms:

Visit crystallakeparks.org

Tab: Facilities & Parks

Drop down: Beaches


RESIDENT Daily Admission Fees:

Park District Resident: $1 (up to 4 guests per family)

Guest of Park District Resident: $4 per guests (above the 4 guest maximum)

Senior Citizen (age 60+): FREE

Children (age 3 and under): FREE

Parking: FREE

Twilight Rate (begins at 5 pm): FREE


NON-RESIDENT Daily Admission Fees:

Park District Non-Resident (ages 16-59 years): $12

Youth (4-15 years): $9

Senior Citizen (age 60+): $9

Children (age 3 and under): FREE

Parking: FREE

Twilight Rate (begins at 5 pm): Half Price


Season Pass

A Season Beach Pass is the best way to enjoy fun at the beach all summer long. Beach passes are available at the Administration Office or at Main 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

Resident Individual Beach Pass: $10 (ages 4-15), $10 (ages 16-59), FREE (Seniors 60+), FREE (children 3 & under)

Non-Resident Individual Beach Pass: $85(ages 16-59), $70 (ages 4-15 years), $70 (Seniors 60+), FREE (children 3 & under)



Beach Hours of Operation

Main Beach, 300 Lake Shore Drive, Crystal Lake

Pre-Season Beach Hours of Operation

Sat, May 27-Mon, May 29                                9 am-Dusk

Tu, May 30-Fri, Jun 2                                         Noon-Dusk

Regular Season Beach Hours of Operation

June 3-August 10 (7 days/week)                     9 am-Dusk

*please note that Main Beach is closed on Fri, Aug 11 for a ticketed special event. West Beach is open.


West Beach, 2330 Lake Avenue, Crystal Lake

Regular Season Beach Hours of Operation

June 3-Aug 11 (7 days/week)                         11 am-7 pm


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


Main Beach Boat Rental

Open daily, weather dependent, 9 am-7 pm

Boat Rentals are available at the Main Beach Boat House. Boat rentals include: paddle boats, canoes, sailboats, rowboats, kayak, dragon boat, NEW Quackers the Duck paddleboat and stand up paddle board. To reserve a boat rental online, go to crystallakeparks.org, click on ‘Facilities & Parks’ and then ‘Beaches’ and then the ‘Boating’ tab.


All renters must sign a Boat Rental Waiver. 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 more information about Crystal Lake Park District Beach Operations, contact Heidi Stolt at (815) 459-0680, ext. 1213, hstolt@crystallakeparks.org.