Illinois Beach State Park
1 Lake Front Drive
Zion, IL 60099
Labor Day to Memorial Day hours are Sunrise to Sunset / Memorial Day to Labor hours are Sunrise to 8 p.m.
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.
Bikers can travel between the North and South units of Illinois Beach State Park by utilizing the Zion Bike Trail, a section of trail connecting 29th Street at the south end to 17th Street at the north end.
A campground in the southern unit provides 241 Class A Premium sites with electricity and access to showers and sanitary facilities. You must obtain a camping permit from the park staff, and must have a camping unit upon arrival.
Fishing is allowed along the beach area in both units (except in the swimming areas) and there are several small inland fishing ponds, including Sand Pond, where a disabled fishing pier is available. No fishing is allowed in the nature preserve.
Illinois Beach provides excellent hiking opportunities. The southern part of the park features 5 miles of trails, including a 2.2-mile loop trail with a graveled surface. In the north, Camp Logan Trail is a 1.8-mile multi-use loop that cross-country skiers also can use. Cross-country skiing is not allowed in the nature preserve.
Dogs are not allowed on the beach or in the nature preserve. Dogs are allowed in the campground, the picnic area, and the remainder of the trails as long as they are on a leash. Pets are not to be left unattended.
North Point Marina
While in the area, be sure to visit North Point Marina. Located 5 miles north of Illinois Beach, this full-service marina has 1,500 slips, a boat service center and food concession. For additional information about slip rental, write the Department of Natural Resources, North Point Marina, 701 North Point Drive, Winthrop Harbor, IL 60096 or call (847) 746-2845 or online at http://npmonline.com/
- Handicap Accessible
- Holidays Closed: None
- Motorcoach Parking Available (Complimentary)