Play For A Day
Enjoy Fish Lake & our sandy beach!
Open To The Public May 1st – Oct 15th
Weekday Hours 8a-7:30p May 30th-Aug 23rd
Weekend Hours Fri. Sat. Sun. 7a-7:30p
Lake Swimming Memorial Day-Labor Day 10a – 6p
*Hours vary before May 30th & after Aug 23rd*
Our Beach Features 🙂
- Concessions with food, soft serve ice cream and more 🙂 Concessions Menu 2017
- Playgrounds and swings
- Restrooms with hot showers
- Free parking
- 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
- Discounted Six Flag Great America tickets!
General Admission and Discounted Beach Passes
Our low admission fee allows you to play all day!
Family Weekday Beach Admission: $4 Per Person, Kids under 3 are FREE. Weekdays only. Fishing $2 extra per person.
Family Beach Pass: $50, Good for 1 adult and up to 4 kids, Weekday beach admission only from Memorial Day-Aug. 15th. Not valid weekends or holidays including July 3rd and 4th. No pro-rating. Fishing $2 extra per person, per day.
Weekend Beach Admission: $8 Per Person, Kids under 3 are FREE. Fishing included*
Holiday Weekend Beach Admission: $10 Per Person, Kids under 3 are FREE. Fishing included*
Parking and admission on a first come, first served basis
Take a dip in the water! Play in the sand!
A section of Fish Lake is roped off for swimmers and is supervised by a certified lifeguard 10a – 6p, Memorial Day-Labor Day. 3 large sand piles greet sand castle builders of all ages. Bring buckets, shovels and sand toys or buy them in Concessions. Concessions features soft serve ice cream creations, snacks and a variety of inflatable float rings and mattresses.
Row, row, row your boat!
Explore beautiful Fish Lake by paddleboat, kayak or rowboat. Bring your own non-motorized boat or rent one of ours. Rental life jackets are included with rental of a paddle boat, rowboat or kayak. Although we do not rent electric trolling motors you may bring one for use on your boat or our rowboats.
Paddleboat Rental: $10 per hour, $7 per 1/2 hour life jackets included
Single Kayak Rental: $10 per hour, life jacket included Must be 13+ with parent consent.
Double Kayak Rental: $15 per hour, life jackets included One passenger must be 13+ with parent consent.
Private boat launch: $5 per day (+beach admission) Non-motorized boats max. 14 ft.
Rowboat Rental: $15 per day, 4 life jackets included
$6 per person, Weekday admission
$8 per person Weekend admission
$10 per person Holidays Weekend admission
UPDATE: Fishing 2017 Catch & Keep!
We had a professional analysis of our lake last fall that provided us with an in depth understanding of Fish Lake habitats. It showed that our fish population is growing, in part, due to the catch & release status we imposed after 2013 winter caused a fish kill. To further support the come back of our fish habitats we’ll be carrying out a number of initiatives this season. Some of these include; stocking the lake with fingerling northern pike, continued harvest and removal of carp through fishing and restoring catch and keep status starting June 17th, 2017. The new limits below will be posted at the lake and in Registration/Concessions.
- Harvest 3 bass per day under 14″; Release all bass over 14″
- 5 bluegill per day
- 5 crappie per day
- 5 yellow perch per day
Campers can enjoy catch and keep limits as well as help the Fish Lake habitat with the catch and removal of carp.
Sign Up! Carp Fishing Tournaments 2017
These week long, campers only Carp Fishing Tournaments will be a blast! Why week long? We want any and all campers to participate when they’re at Fish Lake. Participation is FREE, rowboats and lifejacket use FREE (an adult must sign a waiver and occupy the boat) and we’ll provide a FREE bag to hold carp that are caught! What a deal! We’ll sell corn (the preferred bait for carp) for $1. On weekends the fishing can start (when our registration office opens) at 7am and weekdays at 8am, The heaviest bag of carp will win $25 in Fish Lake Beach bucks-redeemable at Registration/Concessions. NOTE: Participants over 15 must have a current IDNR license. We sell them in Concessions for cash only.
2017 Message from the IDNR: Personal Watercraft
If you plan on bringing any non-motorized watercraft such as a canoe, kayak, paddle boat, or sail board for use on Fish Lake please note: these watercraft are no longer required to be titled/registered in Illinois, unless the vessels have a motor or sail.
You are now required to purchase a ‘Water Usage Stamp’ for $6.00 per calendar year for each of the first three vessels, and $3.00 each for any additional vessels. Please note: an agent fee of $.50 will be charged per vessel. The stamps are good for one year. They expire on December 31st each year. Your Stamp can be adhered anywhere on the interior or exterior of the vessel as long as it is visible. Fish Lake Beach is authorized to sell this stamps at Fish Lake Beach. Go to Concessions to buy them for your boats.
2016 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 for sale (cash) 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 of winter, 2013 severely hampered the growth of vegetation necessary 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-offs. As a result, we’ve been advised to remain ‘catch and release’ to allow the fish population to normalize. Carp may be caught and kept or dropped off at registration for disposal.
Picnic and play on our beach! Find a spot to spread out a blanket on the beach or picnic on a table in the shade. There are grills on the beach. Charcoal is sold in Concessions.
Fish Lake Beach Concessions is just steps away from the beach. Let our smiling staff serve you fresh coffee, lunch or snacks. Concessions sells 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. For health and safety reasons, pets are not permitted on the beach and glass bottles and glass containers are not permitted on the beach.
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 a good value and good fun! We have 2 large picnic areas to accommodate 30-100 guests.
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 go fishing (with an Illinois fishing license) and rent Kayaks, Rowboats or Paddleboats in Concessions with a photo ID and payment.
Sat $9 Sun $8 June 3th– June 25th AND Aug 26th-Sept 10th
Sat $11 Sun $10 July 9th– Aug 20th
Rates are Per Guest Minimum Guests: 30 Kids under 3 are FREE
Call 847-546-2228 to reserve your Group Picnic.
Group Picnics include-
- A reserved picnic area, with picnic tables and a large tent canopy
- Reserved guest parking
- FREE round of mini golf for each guest
- Lake and beach access for swimming and fishing
- Coolers and picnic baskets welcome, bring your own food and beverages
- Alcohol permitted
- Electric outlet available
- Charcoal grill in the picnic area (don’t forget charcoal! )
- Picnic Hours 7am-7pm
- Swimming Hours 10am – 6pm
- Area #1, north side of beach for large groups, minimum 50 people required
- Area #2, south side of beach for small groups, minimum 30 people required
Discounted Six Flags Tickets
As an official Partner of Six Flags Great America we sell DISCOUNTED Six Flags Great America Daily Passes & Season Passes to campers and general the public. To keep the prices as low as possible we sell them for cash only in Concessions across from the beach.
One Day Pass: $49 each
Season Pass: $81 each
Does your school, day camp or church need Six Flags passes? We can accommodate group ticket sales with 2 days advanced notice. Please call 847-546-2228 if for group purchases of Six Flags Daily Passes or Season passes.
NOTE: If you’re coming into Fish Lake Beach just to buy passes, you will not be charged admission. 🙂