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Black Diamond Kite Fest: Free admission and free kites to the first 250 kids. Sunday, October 2, 10 am-2 pm. Lippold Park Soccer Practice Fields A & B. Questions? email Jessica at jortega@crystallakeparks.org

 


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Map of Crystal Lake and Nearby Parks

Beach Updates from McHenry County Department of Health

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Crystal Lake Park District Beaches Hours of Operation

Beach Admission

Information for Boaters (Rental & Owners)

Information for Fisherman

Sailboat Dry Storage

Family Reservations and Group Outings

General Beach Visitor Information and Rules

Seasonal Forms

 

 

Map of Crystal Lake and Nearby Parks

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Beach Updates from McHenry County Department of Health

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Crystal Lake Park District Beaches Hours of Operation

Main Beach Swim Area

300 Lake Shore Drive,

Crystal Lake

 

West Beach Swim Area

2330 Lake Avenue,

Crystal Lake

 

Pre-Season:

May 28 – May 30 (Sat-Mon)

9am-dusk

May 31 – June 3 (Tues – Fri)

12pm – dusk

June 4 – June 5 (Sat-Sun)

9am-dusk

 

 

Pre-Season:

May 28 – May 30 (Sat-Mon)

10am-7:30pm

May 31 – June 3 (Tues – Fri)

3pm-6pm

June 4 – June 5 (Sat-Sun)

10am-7:30pm

 

     

Regular Season:

June 6 – Aug 19

(7days a week)

9am – dusk

 

Regular Season:

June 6 – Aug 19

(7days a week)

10am – 7:30pm

     

Post-Season:

Aug 20-21, Aug 27-28, Sep 3-5

(weekends only)

10am – 8pm 

 

Post-Season:

Aug 20-21, Aug 27-28, Sep 3-5

(weekends only)

11am – 6pm

Please note:

A Handicapped Beach Wheelchair is available at Main Beach. Please contact Main Beach Office for further information.

   

Swim Areas 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)

 

 

Beach Admission

2016 Daily Beach Fees- Resident

Resident Daily Admission
Price

Park District residents & guests

(up to 4 guests per family)

$1

Resident guests

(above the 4 guest maximum)

$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

 

2016 Resident Season Beach Pass (available May 1, 2016)

Beach Passes are available at the Administration Office beginning May 2, 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. 

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

NEW for Summer 2016!

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. Pass holders will also receive 2 daily admission guest passes at time of pass purchase.

 

Resident Season Beach Pass replacement $5

 

2016 Daily Beach Fees- Non-Resident

Non-Resident Daily Admission
Price

Non-Resident Adults (age 16-59 years)

$11

Youth (age 4-15 years)

$7

Seniors (age 60 & older) $7
Ages 3 & under FREE
Twilight Rate (begins at 5 PM) 1/2 price admission

 

2016 Non-Resident Season Beach Pass (available May 1, 2016)

Beach Passes are available at the Administration Office beginning May 2, 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.

Non-Resident Season Beach Pass
Price

Non-Resident Individual Season Beach Pass

$50

NEW for Summer 2016!

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. Pass holders will also receive 2 daily admission guest passes at time of pass purchase.

 
Non-Resident Season Beach Pass replacement $5

 

Information for Boaters (Rental and Boat Owners)

Boating Rules and Regulations

Boating Rules and Regulations (including wake/no-wake hours, speed limits, lake usage stickers)

Link above is via the City of Crystal Lake public document website

 

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:

  • Anyone renting a boat must be age 18 & older. 
  • All renters must sign a Boat Rental Waiver. 
  • Under 18 years:  Must have waiver signed by parent or guardian.
  • No boats will be rented out after 7pm.
Type of Boat

Hourly Fees

Paddle boat $8
Canoe $8
Sailboat* $12
Rowboat** $8
Kayak $8
Stand Up Paddle Board $10

*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 if rented for a minimum of 4 hours.

 

Sailing and Canoeing Lessons

During the summer season, the Crystal Lake Park District offers Private Sailing Lessons, Group Sailing Lessons and Group Canoeing Lessons. Click here (available May 3, 2016) to view boating lesson information in the summer brochure.

Private Lesson Request Form (form updated June 2015)

 

Boating for Boat Owners Crystal Lake

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.

2016 Boat Launch Information Flyer http://crystallakeparks.org/Parks-Facilities/images/ico-pdf_003.gif

 

2016 Boat Gate Key Card

Available beginning Monday, January 4, 2016 at the Administration Office

Park District Residents Only:

Fee:  $75, Seniors 60 & older half price (Bring in previous Boat Gate key and receive $5 off your 2016 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. 

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)

 

Information for Fisherman

2016 Walk-In Fisherman Keys

Available beginning Monday, January 4, 2016 at the Administration Office

Park District Residents Only

Fee: $25

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

Print Fishing Ordinance 11.17 http://crystallakeparks.org/Parks-Facilities/images/ico-pdf_003.gif

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 Creek 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

 

2016 Sailboat Dry Storage

Storage space is available:  April 4 - October 30

Park District Residents Only:

Fee: $80

The Park District has 18 boat stalls available for rental in the West Park dry storage compound. The compound, which is lit to provide better security, can only accommodate sailboats 16 feet or under which do not have a catamaran type hull. Only one boat can be stored in each stall.

Registration for dry storage spaces begins April 4. Stalls will be leased on a first-come, first-served basis. Sailboats can be stored beginning April 4, and must be removed from storage on or before October 30.  One dry storage slip per household.

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

•Current Illinois Driver’s License

•Illinois boat registration card

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.

2016 Dry Storage Information http://crystallakeparks.org/Parks-Facilities/images/ico-pdf_003.gif

 

Main & West Beach Family Reservations and Group Outings

Did you know that Crystal Lake Residents can bring in guests at a discounted rate?

Just turn in a Resident Reservation Form in advance:

  • Each resident family receives (4) guests at $1 each
  • After the (4) guests, each additional guest is $4
  • Parking is waived at Main Beach
  • Picnic tables are on a first come first served basis
  • You can reserve picnic tables ($10/table) in advance and have them arranged in a special location
  • Main Beach Pavilion, Main Beach Band Shell and West Beach Party Room are available for rental.
  • Reservation forms are available below
  • Corporate Weekend Rentals and Weekday Group Rentals are also available
  • Reservations for 2016 are open
  • Refer to Main Beach Picnic Area Map when making reservations PDF Download

http://crystallakeparks.org/Parks-Facilities/images/2015picnicrentalmap1.jpg

For reservations or more information please contact Kim Buscemi at (815) 459-0680, ext. 1217 or kbuscemi@crystallakeparks.org

General Information Grounds Map for Your Group Visit to Crystal Main Beach

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Print the Main Beach Grounds Map http://crystallakeparks.org/Parks-Facilities/images/ico-pdf_002.gif

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).

Misc. Seasonal FormsPDF Download

Forms can be downloaded via the links below, but registration is only accepted in person in the Administrative Office (One East Crystal Lake Avenue, Crystal Lake ). All forms are PDF PDF Download

Beach Tag Registration Forms

Family Registration Form (printable, use for programs. events, services, updated 12/11/15) http://www.crystallakeparks.org/Programs/images/ico-pdf_000.gif

Beach Group Reservation Forms

Resident Family Reservation Request (2016) PDF Download

Corporate and Non-Resident Group Reservation Request (2016) PDF Download

Weekday Group Reservation Request (2016) PDF Download

Birthday Party Reservation Request (2016) PDF Download

Main Beach Picnic Area Map PDF Download

 

General Visitor Information and Rules for Main and West Beaches

Beach 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.  Blue Buoys indicate water over 3 feet deep.  Red Buoys indicate water over 5 feet deep. 
  3. No floats allowed beyond 3 foot buoy line.  Floatation devices must be inspected by staff to ensure proper type and U.S. Coast Guard approved.  A limited number of floatation devices are on hand for swimmers to use.
  4. Athletic games or sports must be conducted in designated areas and not upon the bathing beach or in the water, where injury or inconvenience to others might result.
  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 right to restrict behavior of patrons.
  13. No pets allowed.  Licensed service dogs 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 beach or playground.
  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 bicycles, skateboards, or roller skates allowed beyond gates between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
  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. No walk-in boats, paddle boards, rubber rafts (all boats must go through the boat launch area with a purchased boat launch key card).
  27. 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

Bike Compound

A lock-up area for bikes is provided at Main and West Beaches.

Handicapped Beach Wheelchair

A Handicapped Beach Wheelchair is available at Main Beach. Please contact Main Beach Office for further information.

Dogs and Other Animals at Beaches

Animals are prohibited at Main Beach Park and West Beach Park (qualified service animals are exempt).

 

Misc. Seasonal FormsPDF Download

Forms can be downloaded via the links below, but registration is only accepted in person in the Administrative Office (One East Crystal Lake Avenue, Crystal Lake ). All forms are PDF PDF Download

Beach Tag Registration Forms

Family Registration Form (printable, use for programs. events, services, updated 12/11/15)

Beach Group Reservation Forms

Resident Family Reservation Request (2016) PDF Download

Corporate and Non-Resident Group Reservation Request (2016) PDF Download

Weekday Group Reservation Request (2016) PDF Download

Birthday Party Reservation Request (2016) PDF Download

Main Beach Picnic Area Map PDF Download

 

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Top Header Photo: Cal Skinner

Body Photos: Chris Dowell



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