Play For A Day

Enjoy Fish Lake and our sandy beach!

Open To The Public May 1st – Oct 15th

Lake Swimming Memorial Day-Labor Day  10a – 6p
Weekday Hours  8a-7:30p  Mon. Tues. Wed. Thurs.   
Weekend Hours 7a-7:30p   Fri. Sat. Sun.  

*Hours vary before May 30th & after Aug 23rd*

Our Beach Features πŸ™‚

  • Concessions serves soft serve ice cream and more πŸ™‚  Concessions Menu
  • Playgrounds and swings
  • Restrooms with showers
  • Free parking 
  • Picnic tables
  • Grills
  • 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

Play all day! 

Weekday Beach Admission:  $4 per person, Kids under 3, FREE on Weekdays. Fishing $2 extra per person. 

Family Beach Pass:  $50, Good for 1 adult and up to 4 kids, Weekday beach admission 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, FREE. Fishing included*

Holiday Beach Admission:  $10 Per Person, Kids under 3, FREE. Fishing included*

Admission & parking on a first come, first served basis.
Once we reach capacity no one else can be admitted. 


Take a dip in the water! Play in the sand!

A section of Fish Lake is roped off for swimmers and supervised by a certified lifeguard 10a – 6pMemorial 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


Fishing AdFish_Lake_0076mission 

$6 per person, Weekday  

$8 per person Weekend  

$10 per person Holidays Weekend 

UPDATE: Fishing 2017  Catch & Keep starts June 17th πŸ™‚

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.  We are returning to catch and keep status starting June 17th, 2017.  The new limits below will be posted at the lake and in Registration/Concessions. 


3 bass per day under 14β€³; release bass over 14β€³
3 catfish per day
5 bluegill per day
5 crappie per day
5 yellow perch per day
unlimited carp! πŸ™‚


Sign Up! Carp Fishing Tournaments 2017

Camp N’ Carp Fishing Tournaments will be a blast!  These WEEK LONG tournaments give campers the ability to participate whenever they’re camping at Fish Lake and have the time to fish! Participation is FREE, rowboats and life jacket use is FREE (an adult must sign a waiver and occupy the boat) and we provide FREE bags to hold carp! We’ll sell corn (the preferred bait for carp) for $1.  Weekend boat rental starts at 7am and Weekdays at 8am.  The heaviest total weight of carp by any camper entered wins $25 in Fish Lake Beach bucks-redeemable for Concessions.  NOTE:  Participants over 15 must have a current IDNR license.  

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 β€˜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. 

2013-2016 Catch and Release

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.


Fish_Lake_0013Picnic 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.

Group Picnics


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 Flyer 2017

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 Illinois fishing licenses) rent Kayaks, Rowboats or Paddleboats with a photo ID and payment.

Value Season

Sat $9  Sun $8  June 3th– June 25th   AND  Aug 26th-Sept 10th

Peak Season

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.  πŸ™‚