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, kayak 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 restrooms walking distance of the beach
  • Free parking near the beach with paid admission
  • A basketball court located near the beach*
  • Volleyball on the beach*
  • Playground on the beach
  • 10-hole Miniature Golf course near the beach: $3 per round
  • *We will loan you a basketball or volleyball with an ID as deposit

2015  Daily Admission:  $6 Per Person,  Kids 3 and under FREE

2015  Family Beach Days: $4 Per Person Weekday beach admission.   Does NOT include fishing.

2015  Family Beach DayPass:  $50 Per Season Pass   Pass covers daily beach admission on weekdays for one adult and up to four children.  Offered Memorial Day-August 15th. Pass 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. Life jackets included with paddle boat and kayak rental.

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

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

Kayak Rental: $10 per hour; $20 for 2 hours


Get Reel.

2015 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 row boat and fish around the lake.

The extreme weather conditions we experienced during the 2013 winter restricted the amount of sunlight to enable the growth of vegetation required 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 until further notice. This will allow the our lake to naturally repopulate. 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 picnic 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, hamburgers, hot dogs, french fries, mozzarella sticks, taquitos, hot pretzels, chicken nuggets, pizza, salty snacks, 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
  • Glass or glass bottles are not permitted 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, mini-golf, 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.  For details, click on the flyer to the right.

Book Your Group Picnic Today!

Value Season Weekends in June; Weekends beginning August 22nd $8.00 per person

Peak Season Weekends July 11th-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 round of mini golf for each guest
  • Lake and beach access
  • Bring your own food and beverages
  • Concessions with snacks, ice, candy, ice cream and soft drinks
  • Alcohol is permitted
  • Electric outlet available
  • Grill (bring your own charcoal)
  • Group Picnic Hours 7am-7pm