Beaches


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    2024 Main and West Beach Hours of Operation

    2024 Daily Beach Admission Fees

    2024 Season Beach Pass Info

    Boat Rental at Main Beach

    Sailing Lessons at Main Beach

    Main Beach Picnic Reservations and General Info


    2024 Hours of Operation Main & West Beaches

    Main Beach Swim Area
    300 Lakeshore Dr, Crystal Lake
    815-477-5404

    2024 MAIN BEACH PRE-SEASON

    Sat, May 25-Mon, May 27
    9 am-Dusk
    Tu, May 28-Fri, May 31
    Noon-Dusk
    2024 MAIN BEACH REGULAR SEASON (7 days/week)

    Jun 1-Aug 9
    9 am-Dusk
    2024 MAIN BEACH POST SEASON (weekends only)

    Sat, Aug 10-Sun, Aug 11
    9 am-5 pm
    Sat, Aug 17-Sun, Aug 18
    9 am-5 pm
    Sat, Aug 24-Sun, Aug 25
    9 am-5 pm
    Sat, Aug 31-Mon, Sep 2 9 am-5 pm


    West Beach Swim Area
    2330 Lake Ave, Crystal Lake
    815-477-5009

    2024 WEST BEACH REGULAR SEASON
    Sat, Jun 1-Fri, Aug 9 (7 days/week)
    11 am-7 pm

    2024 DAILY BEACH FEES

    Please note: A valid photo ID with a Crystal Lake Park District address or current utility bill is required to receive Resident Daily Admission rates for Crystal Lake Park District Residents.

    Daily Admission

    Resident Fee

    Non-Resident Fee

    CHILDREN (AGES 3 & UNDER)

    FREE

    FREE
    YOUTH (AGES 4-15 YRS)

    $1

    $9
    ADULT (AGES 16-59)

    $1

    $12
    SENIORS (AGES 60 & OVER) FREE $9
    RESIDENT GUESTS $4 NA

    TWILIGHT RATE (BEGINS AT 5 PM)

    FREE

    1/2 PRICE ADMISSION
    PARKING FREE FREE

    2024 SEASON BEACH PASS

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

    Fillable Beach Pass Form

    2024 Season Beach Pass

    Resident

    Fee

    Non-Res

    Fee

    Adult (Ages 16-59)

    $10

    $85


    Youth (Ages 4-15)
    $10 $70

    Seniors (Ages 60+)
    FREE $70

    Children (Ages 3 & Under)
    FREE FREE

    Season Beach Pass replacement

    $5

    $5

    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.

    BEACH CLOSING UPDATES

    View and/or register for Main & West Beach weather and water condition related closures on Rainoutline.

    Rainout line

    View beach updates from McHenry County Department of Health.

    WEST BEACH is listed as WEST PARK BEACH

    MAIN BEACH is listed as LAKE PARK BEACH

    Mchenry county Dept of Health Beach info



    Main Beach Grounds

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    Print Map

    Bike Compound

    A lock-up area for bikes is provided at Main and West Beaches. Bikes are not allowed inside the parks/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.


  • Reservations and Group Outings

    For questions regarding Beach Group Reservations, please contact Delaney Landt at dlandt@crystallakeparks.org

    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

    Please note: A valid photo ID with a Crystal Lake Park District address or current utility bill is required to receive Resident rates for Crystal Lake Park District Residents.

    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: $8/person. Each resident guest is $1 (children under 3 years and adults over 60 years are free). Proof of residency is required.

    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

    Group reservation form


    Field Trips-Weekdays at Main or west beach

    Res Rate: $1 per person (minimum 12 people)

    Non-Res Rate: $6 per person (minimum 12 people)

    Field Trip Reservation Form required.

    field trip Reservation form

    Field Trip Risk Form

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    PRINTABLE MAP

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

    MAIN BEACH PAVILION & BAND SHELL

    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 ANTONY MORES


  • swim area Rules

    1. No one may enter the water without a lifeguard in the stand. Swimmers must follow the 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. Main Beach - No floats allowed beyond 3 foot buoy line. West Beach - No floats allowed beyond 3 foot buoy line for anyone under 21. Adults 21 & over, no floats allowed beyond the 5 foot buoy line. Floatation devices must be inspected by staff to ensure proper type and U.S. Coast Guard approved. Personal floatation 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. No smoking or vaping in the park or on the beach.

    8. Children under the age of 11 must be accompanied by a person 16 years of age or older.

    9. The lake water is not suitable for drinking. It is recommended swimmers shower and towel dry after leaving the water.

    10. All infants must wear rubber or plastic pants. All swimmers must wear proper swimwear. No street clothes allowed.

    11. Persons under the influence of alcohol or exhibiting erratic behavior will not be permitted in the park.

    12. Admission to the beach may be refused to all persons suspected to have contagious diseases or infectious conditions.

    13. Staff has the authority to implement and enforce rules that are stringent or that supplement those listed here.

    14. No pets allowed. Licensed service animals are exempt.

    15. Do not feed the geese or other wildlife.

    16. Obey lightning detection system rules for shelter.

    17. Grill equipment and supplies must be brought in through the front gate only. Only charcoal grills will be permitted.

    18. Drop-off catering supplies must be brought in through the front gate only.

    19. Tents should be no larger than an EZ-Up size, 10ft by 10ft.

    20. Beer and wine permitted in picnic areas only.

    21. Glass containers are not permitted on the beach or playground.

    22. Use receptacles provided for trash, charcoal, and recycling.

    23. Crystal Lake Park District special events may restrict coolers/alcohol in the park.

    24. No riding of bicycles, skateboards, or roller skates allowed in the park Memorial Day-Labor Day.

    25. In an emergency, call 9-1-1.

    26. Swim break rest periods are scheduled twice daily for everyone's safety. Additional rest periods may be run every hour on the hour depending on attendance and temperature.

    27. All watercraft must go through the boat launch area with a purchased boat gate access key fob.

    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.

    RED: Beach Closed. KEEP OFF THE LAKE

    GREEN: Fair weather, light air, and wind 1-10 mph