Play For A Day

One low admission for a whole day of fun!

Fish Lake Beach is Open To The Public May 1st – Oct 15th

Weekday Hours: 8am-9pm May 30th-Aug 23rd

Friday & Saturday Hours: 7am-9pm

Hours vary before May 30th & after Aug 23rd  Call  847 546 2228

Beach Features

  • Concessions
  • Playground
  • Restrooms with hot showers
  • Free parking with paid admission
  • Picnic tables
  • Basketball hoops near the beach
  • Volleyball net on the beach
  • Basketball or volleyball loaner
  • Kayak, Rowboat, Paddleboat rental (rates below)
  • Mini-Golf $3 per round


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

2016  Family Beach Days:  $4 Per Person, Weekday beach admission only.  Fishing not included

2016  Family Beach Season Pass:  $50 Per Pass  Weekday beach admission only. Good for 1 adult and up to 4 children. Memorial Day-Aug. 15th. No holidays or weekends. No pro-rating. Fishing not included


Dip in the water-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 a boat!

Explore beautiful Fish Lake by paddle boat, kayak or rowboat. Electric trolling motors are welcome! We do not permit gas motors. 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


2016 Daily Fishing: $6 per person, 7 days a week    Catch and Release Only

Fish Lake has Northern pike, large mouth bass, bluegills, crappies, and catfish.  Fish_Lake_0076Night crawlers, tackle and Illinois fishing licenses*  are all for sale in our registration office across from the beach. Fishing is permitted from the shore, floating piers or boat.  
*The IDNR requires fishing licenses for individuals 16 years and older.

Why Catch & Release? Below freezing temperatures during winter 2013 severely hampered the growth of vegetation required to oxygenate the water. 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 that reason fishing at Fish Lake will be on a ‘catch and release’ basis until further notice to allow the fish population to normalize.  Carp may be caught and kept or dropped off at registration for disposal.


Spread out a blanket 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 coffee, beach toys, inflatables, candy, hamburgers, hot dogs, french fries, hot pretzels, chicken nuggets, pizza, salty snacks, soft drinks, yummy soft serve ice cream and Fish Lake Beach souvenir t-shirts and totes.

Pets are not permitted on the beach, but can be in grassy shaded picnic area on a leash.  Glass and glass bottles are not permitted on the beach.

Group Picnics

Bring smiles to any occasion with a Group Picnic at Fish Lake Beach.  Whether it’s a family reunion, fundraiser, birthday party or business celebration-Fish Lake Beach Group Picnics are an affordable and fun get together.  Two picnic areas can accommodate as few as 30 and as many as 150 guests.  Click Group Picnic for details.


Group Picnic guests are welcome to enjoy sand volleyball, mini-golf, playgrounds, swim in the lake or play in the sand. One round of mini golf is FREE for each guest.  Concessions open at 9am for guests to buy snacks, coffee, ice, candy, ice cream, soft drink, inflatable mattresses and beach toys or Fish Lake Beach souvenir t-shirts and totes.  Guests may rent Kayaks, Rowboats and Paddleboats in Concessions with a photo ID and payment.

Call 847 546 2228 to Book Your Group Picnic!

Value Season: Weekends June 4th-June 22nd and Weekends Aug 27th through Sept 11th $8 per guest   Kids 3 & under are FREE!

Peak Season: Weekends July 9th through Aug 21st Saturdays: $9 per guest, Sundays: $9 per guest   Kids 3 & under are FREE!

Group Picnics include-

  • 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
  • Alcohol permitted
  • Electric outlet available
  • Use of charcoal grill (bring your own charcoal)
  • Group Picnic Hours 7am-7pm
  • Area #1, north side of beach for large groups minimum 50 people required   Area #2, southside of beach for small groups, minimum 30 people required