Boating Lake County Blog

Guide to Lake Coun­ty Beaches

Illinois Beach State Park Sunrise

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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