Lake Usage and Decal Requirements

In order to place your watercraft (i.e. jet skis, kayaks, inflatables, etc.) on Crystal Lake, from either a public or private launch site, the following criteria must be met: 

  • You must be a resident of the City of Crystal Lake, the Village of Lakewood, or reside in the Crystal Lake Park District's boundaries. 
  • The watercraft's registration must reflect the resident's name. 
  • You must purchase an Annual Lake Usage Decal at the Finance/Administration window in the Main Lobby of Crystal Lake's City Hall.

Required Information to Purchase a Decal

*Please note, the IDNR's website advises that IDNR Water Usage stamps are available at Crystal Lake City Hall, but they are not. Please go to Three Oaks Recreation Area, the Crystal Lake Park District, or the Crystal Lake Walmart for these stamps.*

*In order to launch your boat from Crystal Lake Park District, a boat launch key is required. Crystal Lake Park District residents can acquire boat launch keys at 1 E. Crystal Lake Ave.