Open water swims (OWS) at the Lake House Swimming Beach are held on Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings. Our Lifeguard Team and volunteer coaches will set up an 850-meter triangular route with corner-buoys, and will oversee the swims in kayaks and/or stand up paddle boards. Beginner and intermediate swimmers can swim at your own pace, and all swimmers choose to complete as many 850-meter laps as desired before the end of each series.

Open Water Swim Location and Fees

Open Water Swim occurs at 5517 Northwest Highway, Crystal Lake, Illinois. The entrance is next to Cassidy Tire on Route 14.

  • Vehicle Parking: $5.00 for non-residents or Crystal Lake Residents without a valid City vehicle sticker.
  • Open Water Swim Fee: $5.00 per participant (paid at the park). Cash or credit card accepted. 

Registration and Check-In

Begins 60 minutes prior to scheduled start times.  Meet by the middle Lifeguard station on the swimming beach, straight out from the entrance stairs. A short briefing will be provided on weather, wind conditions, change in course, etc. and to answer any questions.  We suggest getting there a few minutes early and doing some stretching on your own.

Participant Release Form

An Open Water Swim Participant Release Form must be completed at first attendance.  Swimmers under 18 must have a parent/guardian sign this waiver. The OWS Participant Release form is available under the resources tab.