Play For A Day

Swim, Paddle, Fish and Picnic!

One low admission for a full day of fun!


Open to the public

May 1st – Oct 15th

Hours:  7a-7p  Memorial Day-August 23rd, 7 days a week.  Hours before Memorial Day & after August 23rd vary, call  847 546 2228


Our beautiful beach and lake is great for relaxing or recreation, picnic or play!

Beach Features

  • Concessions
  • Playground
  • Restrooms with hot showers
  • Free parking with paid admission
  • Basketball court near the beach
  • Volleyball net on the beach
  • We loan basketballs or volleyballs with a photo ID
  • 10-hole Mini-Golf near the beach: $3 per round

2016  Daily Beach Admission: $6 Per Person,  Kids 3 and under FREE

2016  Family Beach Days:  $4 Per Person, Weekdays only.  Does NOT include fishing.

2016  Family Beach Weekday Season Pass:  $50 Per Pass  Weekday beach admission for one adult and up to four children. Does NOT include fishing. Memorial Day-August 15th. Pass may not be used on holidays or weekends.  No pro rating.


Take a dip or play in the sand!

A section of Fish Lake is designated for swimmers and is supervised by a certified lifeguard from 10am – 6pm, Memorial Day-Labor Day.  3 large sand piles greet sand castle builders of all ages. Bring buckets, shovels and sand toys!  If you forget them we sell them in Concessions.


Row, row, row your boat!

Explore beautiful Fish Lake by paddle boat, kayak or rowboat. Electric trolling motors are welcome, but no gas motors please. Life jackets are included with paddle boat and kayak rental.

Rowboat Rental:  $10 per day   $1 per life jacket

Paddleboat Rental:  $10 per hour,  $7  1/2 hour  

Kayak Rental: $10 per hour  Must be 13+ with parent consent


Get Reel!

2016 Fishing: $6 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 office.  You may bring your own bait. Fish from the shore, pier or rent a row boat and fish around the lake.Fish_Lake_0076

The extreme low temperatures during winter, 2013 prevented sunlight from penetrating the lake; this prevented oxygenation of the lake water by vegetation growth. The lack of oxygen caused fish to suffocate. This phenomenon was experienced throughout the region as many ponds and lakes reported full or partial fish die-off. For this reason, we permitted fishing on a ‘catch and release’ basis only until further notice. This will allow Fish Lake to naturally repopulate. Carp were minimally affected so they may be caught and kept or brought into the registration office for disposal. Thank you.  *Fishing licenses are required by the IDNR for anyone 16 years and older.


Spread out a blanket and dine on the beach or picnic on a table in the shade.   Fish_Lake_0013Don’t feel like packing a lunch?  Run out of snacks? No problem! Fish Lake Beach Concessions is just steps away from the beach in our registration office. Concessions sells beach toys, inflatables, 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 not permitted at the beach, but are allowed in the shaded picnic area. Coolers welcome.  Glass or glass bottles 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, fundraiser, birthday party or business celebration-our outdoor stage is set for fun.  Two picnic areas can accommodate as few as 30 and as many as 150 guests.  Call (847) 546-2228 to reserve.

Mini-golf FUN!


Group Picnic guests can enjoy sand volleyball, mini-golf, taking a dip in the lake or playing in the sand. One free round of mini golf is included for each guest.  Kids 3 & under are FREE!

Book Your Group Picnic Today!

Value Season: Weekends June and Weekends beginning August 22nd $8 per person

Peak Season: Weekends July 11th-August 16th: Saturdays: $9 per person, Sundays:  $8 per person

Group picnic fee includes-

  • A reserved, shady picnic area
  • Use of picnic tables
  • A large tent canopy
  • Reserved guest parking
  • FREE round of mini golf for each guest
  • Lake and beach access
  • Coolers and picnic baskets welcome, bring your own food and beverages
  • Concessions with snacks, ice, candy, ice cream and soft drinks
  • Alcohol permitted
  • Electric outlet available
  • Use of grill (bring your own charcoal)
  • Group Picnic Hours 7am-7pm

2 picnic areas:  Area #1, northside of beach for large groups     Area #2, southside of beach for small groups