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2020 Announcement:

The swim beach, splash pad and playground will open on Monday, July 6th. Boat rental operations will continue within the Lake House beach area.
- Beach, splash pad and playground occupancy will be limited, taken on a first come, first served basis.
- Wait times may increase due to reduced capacity.
- Shallow water will be open for swimming up to 5 feet.

Swim Beach, Playground and Splash Pad Capacity Clarification 

The swim beach at the Three Oaks Recreation Area will be opening on Monday, July 6th with limited capacity.  City staff will be monitoring the capacity based on the Illinois Department of Public Health guidelines.  The exact number of customers allowed into the beach area will be based on several factors, including IDPH guidelines, customer safety and the encouragement of social distancing. 

Thank you in advance for your understanding as each guests’ health and safety is our top priority.

Swim Beach Hours

 July 6th - 31st Weekdays  July 11th - 26th Weekends
 10:00 AM - 7:30 PM  10:00 AM - 7:30 PM

The swim beach will operate in accordance with all applicable rules and regulations. 

Swim Beach Fees

Crystal Lake resident admission is free with valid ID showing residency. A resident must be at least 12 years of age to sponsor a non-resident guest into the beach for the guest rate. 

Guests of Crystal Lake residents must be accompanied by the resident. There is a $1.00 daily fee for all guests of City residents (up to 5 guests per family). Any guests above the maximum of 5 per family will be charged $5.00 each. 

 Non-Resident Admission          Non-Resident Admission After 4:00 PM
 Adults (16 and Older)  $10.00  Adults (16 and Older)  $5.00
 Seniors (62 and Older)  $6.00  Seniors (62 and Older)  $3.00
 Youth (4-15 Years)  $6.00  Youth (4-15 Years)  $3.00
 Ages 3 and Under  Free  Ages 3 and Under  Free

Lake House Complex

The Lake House is a fully-contained, smoke-free area monitored by attendants and lifeguards. Patio umbrella tables are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The Cottage on the Beach offers hamburgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, tacos, children's menu items, Julie Ann's Frozen Custard treats and more! The Lake House complex has locker room showers and a first-aid center. Coolers are allowed in the beach area. No alcoholic beverages, grilling/fires or smoking inside the Lake House Complex, including the beach.

Splash Pad and Playground

Located in the Lake House complex, the splash pad is a special treat for toddlers and younger children, with ground-based water jets that spray into the open air while buckets of water are poured overhead.

The playground is equipped with memory-foam decking, located in the Lake House complex adjacent to the splash pad.  this is an active location for children almost all year-round. A seating area with tables and an overhead pergola for parents to rest and watch their children at play while having some shade is immediately adjacent to the playground.

Picnic Grounds

Grassy sections of property are adjacent to the beach, surrounding the playground and splash for guests to sunbathe, picnic and play. Large overhead tent/picnic table units are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.