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Pavilion on three oaks recreation area at sunset

Welcome to Three Oaks

The City of Crystal Lake reclaimed the long-abandoned Vulcan Lakes quarry and turned it into an amazing recreation experience. Enjoy pristine waters, natural habitat, and incredible fishing. Rent rowboats, canoes, kayaks, sailboats, and paddle boats. Plan a picnic, and overlook breathtaking views of the water and lake islands. Make memories at the kid-friendly spray park, and eat a lakeside lunch at our outdoor dining patio. Experience recreational scuba diving, or become certified through various community scuba schools in our Scuba Zone.

Entrances and Parking

Crystal Lake residents, with a valid City vehicle sticker attached to their windshield, receive free parking into Three Oaks Recreation Area. All vehicles that enter the park without a valid City vehicle sticker will be charged $5.00 per vehicle.

Vehicles may enter from the West or North entrance. From the West, enter the park through the Main Street entrance, which is located by Mayfair Furniture and Carpet. To enter the park from the North, come in through the Highway Route 14 entrance, which is between Harris Bank and Cooper Tire. Pedestrian pathways are available on the East, West, and North access points.