About

Camping Near Six Flags Great America

Family owned and operated, Fish Lake Beach has served families with affordable family fun for over seven decades.  We’re far from the hustle & bustle and yet close to activities to satisfy every age, budget and interest.  Fish Lake Beach is conveniently located on US Route 12, we’re 1/2 mile north of Highway 120.

Our family takes pleasure in doing everything possible to create a carefree, comfortable and fun experience for your family.   Welcome!

 

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Our Story

Left: picture of boating in Fish Lake, Top Right; picture of Al, Emilie and Yvonne, Bottom Right; picture of Al’s truck from his butcher shop

Fish Lake Beach was purchased in 1939 by Alfred (Al) Keil while his wife, Emilie and daughter, Yvonne, were visiting relatives in Switzerland. When Emilie and Yvonne returned, Al, a butcher in Chicago, was waiting eagerly to show them their new business; a “fishing camp”.

Emilie had a feeling she knew what property he was talking about and proclaimed “I hope it’s not that Godforsaken Fish Lake!”  (It was.)

When Yvonne was 9, she and her mother Emilie moved from their comfortable apartment in the city to an old house on Fish Lake property to run the business on a full-time basis.  Al stayed in the city during the week to run his butcher shop and stayed at Fish Lake on weekends to help out.  As a young lady, Yvonne went off to college in Valparaiso, where she met and married her husband Del. Yvonne and Del became teachers although they eventually made the decision to devote their time and energy toward the family business, Fish Lake Beach.

As owners of Fish Lake Beach and stewards of the land on which it resides, our family is humbly aware that our resort has become a home away from home to generations of families, including our own.

We are grateful for our Grandpa Al’s decision to buy ‘that fishing camp’.  His vision was realized through the hard work, ingenuity and perseverance of he, Emilie, Yvonne and Del.

While Fish Lake Beach has grown and modernized over the years, it’s original concept of wholesome family fun, is as simple and relevant today as it was many years ago.  More than just a campground, Fish Lake Beach is an affordable and beautiful place to create family memories filled with love and laughter.

As always, wish you were here.

Your Fish Lake Beach Family

Del (2nd generation)

Yvonne & Randy (3rd generation)

Desiree & Bob (3rd generation)

Christi & Rory, Joshua, Ryan, Connor and Delaney (4th generation)

Christopher (5th generation)

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