Play For A Day

Swim, Paddle, Fish and Picnic!


One low admission for a full day of fun!

Open to the public May 1st through October 15th.

Swim at the beach, fish off the pier, enjoy a picnic, rent a paddle boat or rowboat!

High Season:  7am-7pm Memorial Day-August 23rd, 7 days a week.

Low Season:  Fishing hours vary, please call ahead 847 546 2228

Beach Features:

  • Clean, indoor restrooms walking distance of the beach
  • Free parking with paid admission
  • A basketball court located near the beach*
  • Volleyball on the beach*
  • Beach playground
  • 10-hole Miniature Golf course near the beach: $2.00 per round
  • *We will loan you a basketball or volleyball with an ID as deposit

2014  Daily Admission:  $6.00 Per Person,  Kids 3 and under FREE

2014  Family Beach Days: $4.00 Per Person Weekday beach admission only.  Does NOT include fishing.

2014  Family Beach Day-Pass:  $50.00 Per Season Pass.   Pass covers daily beach admission on weekdays for one adult and up to four children.  Offered Memorial Day-August 15th, not valid on holidays or weekends.


Take a dip or play in the sand!

A large section of the beach is designated for swimmers and supervised by a certified lifeguard  10am – 6pm, Memorial Day through Labor Day.

3 large sand piles greet sand castle builders of all ages. Bring your buckets, shovels and sand toys for some creative play!


Row, row, row your boat!

Explore beautiful Fish Lake by paddle boat or rowboat. Electric trolling motors are welcome, but no gas motors please.

Rowboat Rental:  $10.00 per day      $1.00 per life jacket

Paddleboat Rentals: $5.00 per 1/2 hour / $8.00 full hour

(Life jackets included with paddle boat rental)

Kayak Rental  COMING in 2015!!


Get Reel.

2014 Fishing: $6.00 Per Person 7 days a week

Fish Lake has Northern pike, large mouth bass, bluegills, crappies, and catfish. Night crawlers, tackle and Illinois fishing licenses* are available for sale at the Fish Lake Beach Registration office.  You may bring your own bait. Fish from the shore, pier or rent a boat and fish around the lake.

The extreme weather conditions we experienced his winter restricted the amount of sunlight that shines into the water to enable the growth of vegetation to oxygenate the water. The lack of oxygen caused fish to suffocate. The phenomenon has been noted throughout the region as many ponds and lakes are reporting a partial fish die-off. For this reason, we are permitting fishing of our lake on a ‘catch and release’ basis only. This will allow the our lake to naturally repopulate over time. As expected, the carp were only minimally affected, so we’re encouraging those that catch carp to bring them in for proper disposal. Thank you.

*Fishing licenses are required by the IDNR for those 16 years and older.


Spread out a blanket and dine on the beach or  use one of the picnic tables under the shade trees.  Don’t feel like packing a lunch?  Run out of snacks? No problem! We have concessions-just steps away from the beach in our camp registration office. Concessions sells beach toys, candy, ice, snacks, hamburgers, hot dogs, soft drinks and yummy soft serve ice cream.

  • Pets are not permitted at the beach, but are allowed in the shaded picnic area
  • Coolers and picnic baskets welcome
  • Please no glass bottles on the beach

Group Picnics

Bring smiles to any occasion by treating your group to a picnic at Fish Lake Beach.  Whether it’s a family reunion picnic, fundraiser,birthday party or business celebration-our outdoor stage is set for fun.

Your guests will enjoy sand volleyball, taking a dip in the lake or playing in the sand.  There are two picnic areas that can picnicphotoaccommodate as few as 30 and as many as 150 guests.  Call (847) 546-2228 or email us at today to reserve your Group Picnic.

Dates fill up fast. Once you reserve your date we will help you with any essentials. For details, click on the flyer to the right.

Book Your Group Picnic Today!

Value Season Weekends June; Weekends after August 23rd $8.00 per person

Peak Season Weekends July 12th-August 16th: Saturdays: $9.00 per person, Sundays:  $8.00 per person

Admission includes-

  • A reserved, shady picnic area
  • Use of picnic tablesBeach Volleyball
  • A large tent canopy
  • Reserved guest parking
  • A single round of Mini Golf for each guest
  • Lake and beach access
  • Bring your own food and beverages
  • Concessions sells snacks, ice, candy, ice cream and soft drinks
  • Alcohol is permitted
  • Electric outlet available
  • 55 Gallon 1/2 barrel grills (bring your own charcoal)
  • Group Picnic Hours 7am-7pm