Family owned and operated for over seven decades, Fish Lake Beach has become a source of leisure and recreation for generations of families. We take pleasure in providing a carefree and fun experience for our guests. Welcome!

Our Story

Purchased in 1939 by Alfred (Al) Keil while his wife, Emilie and daughter, Yvonne, were visiting relatives in Switzerland. Al, a butcher, eagerly awaited their return to show them the new business, Fish Lake Beach a “fishing camp”.

Emilie felt she knew the property he raved about and proclaimed “I hope it’s not that godforsaken Fish Lake!” (It was!)

Emilie moved herself and Yvonne, aged nine, from their comfortable city apartment to an old house on the Fish Lake property to run the business full-time. Al stayed in the city during the week at his butcher shop and traveled to Fish Lake in Volo, Illinois on weekends to assist the “other” family business.

As a young lady, Yvonne went to college in Valparaiso, where she met and married her husband Del. While Yvonne and Del began their careers as teachers, they eventually decided to devote all of their time and energy to the family business, Fish Lake Beach.


As owners of Fish Lake Beach and faithful 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 Grandpa Al’s decision to buy ‘that fishing camp’ and realizing an enduring vision through the hard work, ingenuity and perseverance of he, Emilie, Yvonne and Del.

  • Del (2nd generation)
  • Yvonne and Randy (3rd generation)
  • Desiree and Bob (3rd generation)
  • Christi and Rory, Joshua, Ryan, Connor and Delaney (4th generation)
  • Christopher (5th generation)

An Enduring Vision

During the 75+ years of Fish Lake Beach growth and modernization one constant remained. Our original concept of wholesome family fun, is as simple and relevant today as it was in 1929. More than just a campground, Fish Lake Beach is an affordable and beautiful place to create family memories filled with love, laughter and the beauty of life!

As always, wish you were here.

Your Fish Lake Beach Family

Our History in Pictures

Call to reserve now(847) 546-2228

Fish Lake Beach Camping Resort

32223 N. US Highway 12
Volo, IL 60073
Get Directions

(847) 546-2228

Newsletter Signup
Partly Cloudy
Partly Cloudy
Chance of a Thunderstorm
High 91°/Low 76°
Chance of a Thunderstorm
High 91°/Low 75°
Chance of a Thunderstorm
High 90°/Low 75°
Chance of a Thunderstorm