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    Main Beach Swim Area

    300 Lakeshore Drive

    Crystal Lake


    West Beach Swim Area

    2330 Lake Avenue

    Crystal Lake


    2021 Pre-Season Hours
    9 am-Dusk
    2021 Season Hours
    9 am-Dusk
    10 am-7 pm
    2021 Post Season Hours
    10 am-6 pm

    Please note:

    A handicapped beach wheelchair is available at both Main Beach and West Beach. Please contact Main Beach Office at 815-477-5404 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.


    View beach updates from McHenry County Department of Health.





    Daily Admission

    Resident Fee

    Non-Resident Fee



    YOUTH (AGES 4-15 YRS)


    ADULT (AGES 16-59)







    Beach Passes are available at Main Beach or the Administration Office, 1 E. Crystal Lake Avenue, Crystal Lake 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 valid photo ID with a Crystal Lake Park District address or current utility bill is required to receive Resident Beach Pass rates for Crystal Lake Park District Residents.

    2021 Beach Pass Form

    2021 Resident Season Beach Pass


    Resident Individual Season Beach Pass

    Available at Admin. Office, 1 E. Crystal Lake Avenue, Crystal Lake or Main Beach Office

    Please note: Seniors (60 yrs & older) and Children (3 yrs & under) are free and do not require a pass


    Resident Season Beach Pass replacement



    2021 Beach Pass Form

    2021 Non-Resident Season Beach Pass


    Non-Resident Individual Season Beach Pass-Adult


    Non-Resident Individual Season Beach Pass-Youth (ages 4-15)

    Please note: Children (3 yrs & under) are free and do not require a pass
    Non-Resident Individual Season Beach Pass-Senior (ages 60 & over)


    Non-Resident Season Beach Pass replacement


    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.

  • Boat House Direct Line: 779.994.7060

    Life jackets included in rental fee and are required.

    Free parking in the Main Beach parking lot.

    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.

    Present your reservation receipt at the gate for admission.

    Please note:

    All renters must sign a Boat Rental Waiver. Available at Boathouse or print in advance

    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 sailboat rental, participants under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian in the sailboat.
    Reservations are recommended to ensure your choice of boat type and time slot. Walk-up reservations are available at the boat house.

    How to make an online boat rental reservation:

    Visit our boat reservation page and sign into your account or create an account if you do not have one.

    Helpful Hints:

    • Please double check your reservation date prior to completing the online transaction.
    • If you need to reserve multiple boats at the same time or a rowboat for 4 hours or more, contact Heidi at

    Use the "Search" tab and select "Boat Search" under the Boat Rentals heading.

    In the Rental Search Criteria box, enter the date you wish to reserve your rental and enter the type of boat you wish to rent. Select "Search" and a list of boats and the availability in one hour time slots will appear.

    Choose the type slot you want and click the "+" button (will change to "-") and "Add to Cart".

    You will be asked to pick the family member that will be renting the boat, put a check mark in the box and "Continue". Select one family member for the reservation. Complete the waiver form agreement and proceed to checkout and complete your purchase.

    NOTE: There has been an upgrade to our software registration. If you have a credit on your account, the system will automatically apply the credit towards the purchase price. You will view this information during the check-out process.

    Type of Boat

    R/NR Fees

    Paddle boat

    Capacity: 4 people or 564 lbs



    Capacity: 4 people or 705 lbs





    3 people or 400 lbs


    Single Kayak: 1 person, 300 lbs

    Double Kayak: 2 people or 500 lbs

    Triple Kayak: 3 people or 500 lbs


    Stand Up Paddle Board

    Capacity: 1 person, 300 lbs


    Dragon Paddle Boat
    Capacity: 5 people or 1400 lbs

    * 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. Sailboat participants under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian in the sailboat.

    ** Half price, per hour, if rented for a minimum of 4 hours.


    Renters must follow wake/no-wake hours, speed limits etc. Please note: the link above will take you to the City of Crystal Lake public document website.

    general info for Crystal Lake BOAT OWNERS

    All residents of the Crystal Lake Park District are eligible to boat on Crystal Lake. See Boat Gate Key Fob 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.

    You must purchase an Annual Lake Usage Decal from the City of Crystal Lake.

    For those lakefront homeowners needing one time on/off ramp access, please coordinate a day and time with Park Services. The direct phone number is 815-477-5007.

    2021 Boat Launch Key fob

    Park District Residents Only

    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.

    Current Boat Gate Key Holders: 2020 keys will be deactivated April 30, 2021. Renewals begin May 1, 2021.

    Fee: $90 (Ages 18-59 ); $45 (Ages 60 +) Replacement Key Fob: $15

    Required Documents: 2020 gate key; registration form (see below); current boat registration and proof of residency.

    Key fobs are available for purchase at the Crystal Lake Park District Administration Office, 1 E. Crystal Lake Avenue (Hours: M-F 8:30-5 pm; or drive thru Sat 9:30am-12 pm (Apr-Aug); Wed 5-6:30 pm (Sept-Mar).

    Boat Gate Key Card Registration/Renewal Form

    Boat Launch Information Flyer

    Kayak & Stand up paddleboard owners

    In order to place your watercraft (i.e. jet skis, 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 Fob at the Crystal Lake Park District Admin Office (info above.)
    Please note: launch of any watercraft via Kamijima Park is prohibited.

    In order to purchase a boat gate key card, you must provide all the following documents in person at the Crystal Lake Park District Administrative Office:

    -Current Illinois Driver's License

    -Illinois Watercraft Registration Card / Paddle Pass

    -Application Fee (see above for amount)

    Attention Boat Gate Key fob Holders: We would like to make you aware of annual events that effect the MAIN BEACH boat launch area:

    Sunday, July 4, 2021- 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 Resident and Non-Resident admission applies until 2:30 pm. Starting at 2:30 pm, admission is $3/person.
    Friday, August 13, 2021
    Due to a special event, the Main Beach boat launch will be closed. Please use the West Beach launch on this day.

    2021 West beach Watercraft Dry Storage

    Storage space is available: April 9, 2021-October 31,2021

    Park District Residents Only

    The Park District has boat stalls available for rental in the West Park dry storage compound. Registration for dry storage spaces begins April 9 at the Park District Administration Office. Stalls will be leased on a first-come, first-served basis.

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

    • Proof of Park District Residency
    • Illinois Watercraft Registration Card

    The storage fee includes a key for the compound and a boat gate key.

    One (1) Sailboat* or Rowboat

    *16 ft or under that does not nave a catamaran-style hull


    One (1) Kayak, Canoe, Stand Up Paddleboard


    One Additional Storage Spot


    Sailing Lessons

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    During the summer season, the Crystal Lake Park District offers Private Sailing Lessons and Group 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 papers of a sailboat to rent a boat on Crystal Lake. Passengers do NOT need to present card, only person sailing.

    Group Sailing Lessons

    Enjoy the carefree life of a sailor! We provide the boats, life jackets, 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.

    M-TH 6/7-6/10 1-4 pm $160/$208 340211-01
    M,W 6/14-6/23 5-8 pm $160/$208 340211-02
    M-TH 7/26-7/29 1-4 pm $160/$208 340211-03

    Questions? Email Heidi at

    Private/Semi-Private sailing lessons

    Ages 13 & Up

    Beginner (4 hours total)

    Resident Fee: $150 Individual / $250 Couple

    Non-Resident Fee: $195 Individual / $325 Couple

    Experienced (2 hours total)

    Resident Program Fee: $75 Individual / $125 Couple

    Non-Resident Fee: $98 Individual / $163 Couple

    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

  • Fishing

    2021 Walk-In FishING Keys

    Available and valid May 1, 2021-April 30, 2022 at the Administration Office, 1 E. Crystal Lake Avenue, CL (Mon-Fri 8:30-5 pm; Wed 5-6:30 pm (drive thru); Sat (April-Jul) 9:30-12 pm

    Park District Residents Only:

    Fee: $35

    Fee reduced to $17.50 if purchased from 11/1/21-4/30/22

    Replacement Key: $10

    The Park District offers gate keys to residents who want to fish at Main or West Park beaches before the parks open. Keys allow for entrance through the park's special walk-in gates. Watercraft are NOT allowed through the walk-in gate. All watercraft must enter thru boat gate. Daily admission fees apply to the key 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 of the Crystal Lake Park District.

    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)



    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


    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-page 9

    Crystal Lake Park District FiSH Stocking Program


    Reservations and Group Outings

    For questions regarding Beach Group Reservations, please contact Heidi Stolt at

    Fillable forms for Beach Reservations and Outings can be found here

    2021 Beach Reservation forms

    2021 Weekday Field Trips at Main or west beach

    Rate: $5 per person (minimum 12 people)

    Weekday Group Reservation Form required.

    2021 field trip Reservation form

    2021 group reservations at Main or west beach

    please note: there is no minimum reservation number for Residents. The reservation minimum below is for Non-Residents.

    Main Beach: Min guarantee: 25 people Max: 400 people

    West Beach: Min guarantee: 25 people Max: 50 people


    Resident Admission: $1/person. Each non-resident guest is $4 (children under 3 years and adults over 60 years are free)

    Non-Resident Admission or Corporate Group Admission: $7/person. Each resident guest is $1 (children under 3 years and adults over 60 years are free)

    Reserved Picnic Tables: $10 each; random picnic tables are on a first-come, first-served basis

    Area 6 Reservation: $60 includes 4 permanent picnic tables and covered area adjacent to playground

    Additional Amenities: Notice required at least one week 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.

    2021 Group reservation form



    Please note: picnic table reservations not accepted Tuesday evenings, holidays and special events.


    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

  • swim area 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. Red Buoys indicate water over 3 feet deep. Blue Buoys indicate water over 5 feet deep.
    3. No floats allowed beyond 3 foot buoy line. Flotation devices must be inspected by staff to ensure proper type and U.S. Coast Guard approved. Personal flotation devices are on hand for swimmers to use.
    4. 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.
    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 authority to implement and enforce rules that are stringent or that supplement those listed here.
    13. No pets allowed. Licensed service animals 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 premise.
    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 riding of bicycles, skateboards, or roller skates allowed in the park.
    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. All watercraft must go through the boat launch area with a purchased boat launch key card.
    27. Patrons are encouraged to protect themselves from sun exposure.
    28. Flagpoles located at Main and West Beaches carry color-coded weather flags. 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

    2021 Season Beach Pass Form (printable)

    Beach Group Reservation Forms

    2021 Beach Group Reservation Request

    2021 Beach Field Trip Reservation Request

    2021 Beach Field Trip Risk Form

    Main Beach Picnic Area Map


    Boat Rental Waiver