Play For A Day
One low admission gets a whole day of fun!
Open To The Public May 1st – Oct 15th
Weekday Hours 8a-7:30p May 30th-Aug 23rd
Weekend Hours Friday – Sunday: 7a-7:30p
Call 847 546 2228
Lake Swimming Hours (with Lifeguard on Duty): 10a – 6p
*Hours vary before May 30th & after Aug 23rd*
- Restrooms with hot showers
- Free parking with paid admission
- Picnic tables
- Basketball hoops near the beach
- Volleyball net on the beach
- Basketball or volleyball loaners
- Kayak, Rowboat, Paddleboat rental (rates below)
- Mini-Golf $3 per round
Weekday Daily Beach Admission: $4 Per Person, Fishing not included. Free admission for Kids 3 and under.
Weekend Daily Beach Admission: $6 Per Person, Fishing included*. Free admission for Kids 3 and under.
Season Family Beach Pass: $50, For 1 adult and up to 4 kids, Weekday beach admission only. Memorial Day-Aug. 15th. Not usable on holidays or weekends. No pro-rating. Fishing $2 extra.
Dip in the water~Play in the sand!
A section of Fish Lake is designated for swimmers and is supervised by a certified lifeguard from 10am – 6pm, Memorial Day-Labor Day. 3 large sand piles greet sand castle builders of all ages. Bring buckets, shovels and sand toys! If you forget them we sell them in Concessions along with ice cream, snacks and a variety of inflatable float rings and mattresses.
Row, row, row a boat!
Explore beautiful Fish Lake by paddle boat, kayak or rowboat. Bring your own non-motorized boat or rent one of ours. Life jackets are included with rental of a paddle boat or kayak. Life jackets are not included with the rental of a rowboat. Although we do not rent electric trolling motors you may bring one for use on your boat or our rowboats.
Rowboat Rental: $10 per day $1 per life jacket
Paddleboat Rental: $10 per hour, $7 1/2 hour
Kayak Rental: $10 per hour, Must be 13+ with parent consent
Private boat launch: $5 per day (plus beach admission) Non-motorized boats max. 14 ft.
Daily Fishing: $6 per person, 7 days a week Catch and Release Only
Fish Lake has Northern pike, large mouth bass, bluegills, crappies, and catfish. Night crawlers, tackle and Illinois fishing licenses* are available in the registration office, across from the beach. Fishing is permitted from the shore, floating piers or boat. *IDNR requires fishing licenses for individuals 16 and older.
Why Catch & Release? Below freezing temperatures during winter 2013 severely hampered the growth of vegetation required to oxygenate the water causing fish to suffocate. This phenomenon was experienced throughout the region as ponds and lakes reported full or partial fish die-off. As a result, we’ve been advised to remain on a ‘catch and release’ basis until further notice to allow the fish population to normalize. Carp may be caught and kept or dropped off at registration for disposal.
Spread out a blanket on the beach or picnic on a table in the shade. Our beach has several grills for cooking and we have charcoal for sale in Concessions.
Fish Lake Beach Concessions is just steps away from the beach. They have fresh coffee every morning and serve lunch and snack items such as hamburgers, hot dogs, french fries, hot pretzels, pizza, chips, candy, bottled water, soft drinks, yummy soft serve ice cream and Fish Lake Beach souvenir t-shirts and totes.
Glass and glass bottles are not permitted on the beach. For health and safety reasons, pets are not permitted on the beach, but can be in grassy shaded picnic area on a leash.
Bring smiles to any occasion with a Group Picnic at Fish Lake Beach. Whether it’s a family reunion, fundraiser, birthday party or business celebration-Fish Lake Beach is an affordable and relaxed venue. Two large picnic areas can accommodate as few as 30 and as many as 150 guests. Click Group Picnic for details.
Group Picnic guests are welcome to enjoy sand volleyball, mini-golf, playgrounds, swim in the lake or play in the sand. One round of mini golf is FREE for each guest. Your Group Picnic guests may also go fishing (with an Illinois fishing license) and rent Kayaks, Rowboats or Paddleboats in Concessions with a photo ID and payment.
Call 847 546 2228 to Book Your Group Picnic!
Value Season: Weekends June 4th-June 22nd and Weekends Aug 27th through Sept 11th $8 per guest Kids 3 & under are FREE!
Peak Season: Weekends July 9th through Aug 21st Saturdays: $9 per guest, Sundays: $9 per guest Kids 3 & under are FREE!
Group Picnics include-
- A reserved, shady picnic area
- Use of picnic tables
- A large tent canopy
- Reserved guest parking
- FREE round of mini golf for each guest
- Lake and beach access
- Coolers and picnic baskets welcome, bring your own food and beverages
- Alcohol permitted
- Electric outlet available
- Use of charcoal grill (bring your own charcoal)
- Group Picnic Hours 7am-7pm
- Swimming Hours (with Lifeguard on Duty) 10a – 6p
- Area #1, north side of beach for large groups minimum 50 people required
- Area #2, southside of beach for small groups, minimum 30 people required