Important Information for Crystal Lake Boaters-Decals, Boat Launch Key Fobs, Dry Storage Spots Available for Purchase Apr 1

Thu March 28, 2024

Beginning Apr 1, 2024, Watercraft Lake Usage Decals, Main & West Beach Boat Launch Key Fobs and Watercraft Dry Storage Stalls are available for purchase at the Crystal Lake Park District Admin. Office, 1 E. Crystal Lake Avenue, Crystal Lake. Proof of residency is required for all purchases. A copy of the registration card showing the watercraft is registered to the same owner/address must also be provided for decal and boat launch key fob purchases.

Lobby Hours of Operation

M-F, 8:30 am-5 pm, SA, 9:30 am-12 pm (April-July)

Drive Thru Hours of Operation

M-F 8:30 am-12 pm

Watercraft Lake Usage Decal

Residents of the City of Crystal Lake, the Village of Lakewood and the Crystal Lake Park District are eligible to purchase a lake usage decal for launching both non-motorized and motorized watercraft on Crystal Lake. These decals are required for any watercraft on Crystal Lake. Revenues from the decals will support lake safety and ecology work. Available at the Crystal Lake Park District Admin Office, 1 E. Crystal Lake Avenue, Crystal Lake, beginning Apr 1, 2024.

Tiered Fee Structure

Non-Motorized Watercraft: $20

Motorized Watercraft

>0-39 HP $50

40-99 HP $75

100-199 HP $125

200+ HP $200

Unspecified HP $200

 2024 Boat Launch Key Fob

Park District Residents Only (Apr 1, 2024-Mar 31, 2025)

Park District resident boat owners must purchase a new key fob 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.

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

Required Documents: 2023 gate key fob; registration form (available at or in person at the Crystal Lake Park District Admin. Office), current boat registration and proof of residency.

2024 West beach Watercraft Dry Storage

Storage space is available: Apr 1, 2024-Oct31, 2024

Park District Residents Only

The Park District has a limited number of boat stalls available for rental in the West Park dry storage compound. Registration for dry storage spaces begins April 1 at the Park District Administration Office. Stalls will be leased on a first-come, first-served basis. One stall per household.

One sailboat/rowboat: $160

One sailboat 16 feet or under that does not have a catamaran-style hull

Two kayaks/stand up paddleboards or one canoe: $85

Boat Launch Access Key (18-59 years): $90

Boat Launch Access Key (age 60+): $45

Lake Usage Decal: $20

Required Documents: registration form (available at or in person at the Crystal Lake Park District Admin. Office), IL Watercraft Registration Card (sailboats only) and proof of Park District residency.

Questions? Contact Anne Sandor,

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