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Lake County, Illinois beaches

Put on your water shoes, grab your favorite beach towel, and head to the beach this summer! Find the perfect patch of sand at the numerous area beaches. Overlooking beautiful Lake Michigan is the Waukegan Municipal Beach, featuring a mile of sand that is groomed daily, some natural sand dunes, and with lifeguards on duty from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., you can rest assured that you and your kids will be kept safe. Besides sunbathing, swimming, picnicking and sand volleyball, kite boarding and surfing are also some favorites for this hot spot! On a clear day, be sure to look for the Chicago Skyline off in the distance! Enjoy weekly concerts during the summer season at the band shelter, and let your stress drift away with each wave.

Beaches / Swimming

Name/Description City

Chain O’Lakes State Park

Located in the heart of Illinois' largest concentration of natural lakes, Chain O'Lakes State Park is a water oriented recreation area with outstanding opportunities for boaters, anglers and skiers. The park borders three natural lakes - Grass, Marie and Nippersink - and the Fox River. The park also contains…
Spring Grove

Illinois Beach State Park

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…
Zion

Independence Grove Forest Preserve

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…
Libertyville

Lake County Forest Preserves

We currently manage more than 29,200 acres of land and offer innovative educational, recreational and cultural opportunities for all ages. Visitors enjoy more than 154 miles of trail for a variety of outdoor recreation uses, fishing ponds and lakes, public access to the Fox River and the Lake Michigan…
Libertyville

Bangs Lake Beach & Marina

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. Beach passes available - Proof of residency will be required at the time of registration. …
Wauconda

Diamond Lake Beach & Recreation Center

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…
Mundelein

Dolphin Harbor

Dolphin Harbor in Old Mill Creek offers boaters and campers an ideal location, right on the edge of Grass Lake. With seasonal rates for boat slip rentals, they also offer year round campsite and boat storage rentals. Dolphin Harbor is a gated community of campers and boaters with clean…
Antioch

Fish Lake Beach

This campground has been family owned and operated since 1939. This is a great place to spend some quality family time or just to get away for some fishing, swimming and picnicking. All of the campsites have water, electricity, and fire rings. Campers can use the swimming pool, kiddie…
Volo

Jones Island Community Park

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.…
Grayslake

Lake Minear Beach

Lake Minear Beach is Lake County's premier member-supported 72-acre beach with swimming in the summer, year-round fishing, and a schedule of fun events for members.Play and swim in the refreshing spring-fed waters or just relax on the clean sandy beach. The picnic area is equipped with several picnic tables…
Libertyville

Lakefront Park of 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…
Round Lake Beach

Openlands Lakeshore Preserve

The Openlands Lakeshore Preserve presents a rare opportunity to visit one of the last remaining ravine and bluff ecosystems in the Chicago region. The 77-acre Lakeshore Preserve is a designated Illinois Nature Preserve and home to three recreational trails, each running approximately one mile. With access to nature and…
Fort Sheridan

Paulus Park

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. The sled hill is not lighted and closes at sunset.…
Lake Zurich

Pedersen Marine Inc.

Pedersen Marina is a family owned marina that offers 80 Boat Slips free of wave action even in a storm, for boats 16-34'. Their “no wake” location with quick road access, only seven miles from I-94 makes a trip up to the boat a pleasurable experience. Enjoy a private…
Antioch

Rosewood Beach

Rosewood Beach is a national award winning beach located along the shores of Lake Michigan. Swimming Beach, beachfront Interpretive Center, nature programming, beach yoga & volleyball. Re-opened to the public in June 2015 after a major renovation, the newly restored Rosewood features: a nature cove for ecological and nature…
Highland Park

Spring Lake Marina & Campground

Situated on over 8 acres of land, they are conveniently located off of Grass Lake, only 1/4 mile west of Route 59 in Antioch. Family owned and operated by Bob and Nancy since 1984, Spring Lake Marina offers a full service marina with over 65 boat slips, accessible through…
Antioch

Spring Lake Park

Spring Lake Park is the "heart of Lincolnshire". This park is now a beautiful lake with shallow area for small children and slide for older children. The Park is approximately 8 acres in size and provides a wide assortment of recreational opportunities including swimming beach, fishing pond, picnic area…
Lincolnshire

Sunrise Park and Beach

Lake Bluff Sunrise Beach is a peaceful spot to spend a summer afternoon. Lifeguards are on duty at select times to insure a safe and fun experience for people of all ages. Kayak rental Single and double kayaks are available for rent. Children under 12 years of age must…
Lake Bluff

Turtle Beach Marina

Turtle Beach Marina has the largest beach on the Chain, perfect for sunbathing, volleyball and Jet Ski parking. A children's playground, 4 cute cottages, 55 boat slips, boat ramp, restaurant & bar on several acres offer the largest picnic area and parking capabilities for pre-planned large events or a…
Antioch

Waukegan Municipal Beach

Waukegan Municipal Beach is easily accessible by car, train, plane, bicycle or boat and is open daily from 6:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Our 400-acre lakefront, with a mile-long beach and 1,000-slip marina offer opportunities for the recreational fisher, competitive boat racer, beginning kite-boarder and everyone in between. This…
Waukegan

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