Guide to Lake County Beaches

Being a two weeks into summer, I’m sure you’re searching for the best place to unfurl a towel, sink your feet in the sand, splash around and garner a healthy bronze from some sun rays.

Lake County isn’t named that way because of the land above sea level. It’s because we have over 75 inland lakes across this great and beautiful area.

Let’s find you a nice beach for you to have some tom-foolery, because even though being on a boat is great sometimes you just need to be stationary on the lake front. Have no care in the world as you chillax in the sand as you go through our Guide to Lake County Beaches.

Bangs Lake Beach & Marina

112 Park Street Wauconda

Bangs Lake is a natural glacial lake located in northeastern Lake County and is considered a popular destination for family recreation in the Chicagoland area. Beach and marina.

Diamond Lake Beach

1016 Diamond Lake Rd Mundelein

Diamond Lake Recreation Center is 100 acres. It includes a pristine lake, sand beach, grassy areas, and shaded picnic grove. In summertime, the facility is the hub for Diamond Lake Beach, a recreational destination for swimming, boating, fishing, boat and shelter rentals, special events and more. Paddle boats are available for rent for an enjoyable excursion on the water.

Illinois Beach State Park

Park Office – Lake Front Zion

Illinois Beach State Park is located along the shores of Lake Michigan from Waukegan to the Wisconsin state line. The park offers a campground, full service resort, camp store, picnic areas, hiking and biking trails and a visitors center open intermittently throughout the year. There is swimming along the six miles of beaches.

CONTINUE HERE Watch the winner of Visit Lake County’s I Love Lake County Song Search Dylan Kroll of Waukegan sings his song, ‘Lake County, the Bounty of Illinois,’ in the video below as some scenes showcase the Zion beach and Chain O’ Lakes State Park.

Independence Grove Forest Preserve

16400 W. Buckley Rd Libertyville

This scenic 1,135-acre preserve offers a wide range of outdoor recreation and education opportunities centered around a 115-acre lake reclaimed from a gravel quarry. Visitors can enjoy swimming, fishing and boating, a Marina with boat and bike rentals, a native garden and nearly seven miles of trails. The spacious Visitors Center features exhibits and a café. It can be rented for weddings and other private functions.

Jones Island Community Park

243 Harvey Ave., Grayslake

This park offers 5 acres of fun located on Grays Lake. Activities include a swimming beach, fishing, picnic shelter, ice skating, playground, ramp for boat launching and 2 sand volleyball courts.

Lakefront Park of Round Lake Beach

1019 Lakeshore Dr Round Lake Beach

A beautiful park that is open to the residents and the public. Ancient oak trees line the shore and the park. A great place to bring the children and family to play, swim, picnic or celebrate! Children's playground, bathroom facilities, picnic tables, 4 shelters, path and overlook along the shoreline for walking and enjoying, sandy beach for swimming with lifeguards during posted hours and boat launch. Non-residents must pay fee to park and launch.

Paulus Park

200 S. Rand Rd Lake Zurich

A popular visitors destination, as well as a favorite gathering spot for local residents featuring a picnic area, playgrounds, beach, athletic field, concert stage and annual events. Winter fun is also available with ice skating and a sled hill (but we don’t want to think about the cold right now...seriously).

Sunrise Beach

455 Sunrise Ave., Lake Bluff

Sunrise Beach offers two guarded swimming beaches, play equipment, two shelters with fireplaces, charcoal grills, restroom facilities, complimentary games, complimentary beach chairs and Kayak rental. Use of the beach is free to Park District Residents with pass. Non-resident daily use entry fee is $10 per person. Please visit website for hours and other details.

Waukegan Municipal Beach

201 Sea Horse Drive Waukegan

This beach features 1 mile of sand along with some of the only remaining natural dunes in the area. Protected by natural sand dunes and has the clearest, cleanest water in Lake County. Recreational activities include swimming, sunbathing, picnicking and sand volleyball. There are no lifeguards on duty at this facility and swimming should be done so at your own risk.

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