FOREST PARK BEACH
Visitors to this 29+ acre park can enjoy the large beach and
grass areas, swimming and other water activities. Open year round,
park amenities include sheltered pavilions, a fishing pier, boat
launching ramp and storage area, walking paths and a concession
stand open during the summer months. Sailing classes and camps,
sailboat and kayak rentals, volleyball nets, and grills are just
some of the amenities available through the Lake Forest Parks and
Lifeguards are on duty daily from 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.,
Memorial Day Weekend and then beginning Saturday June 8- Sunday
August 11th. After August 11th the lifeguards will be on duty,
weekends only until Labor Day.
Lake Forest residents can reserve beach facilities. A valid Lake Forest vehicle license is required for parking
in any beach lot.
Brochure for 2013 coming soon
**We now offer Non-Resident
You can also monitor the
Beach Water Quality through this link provided by the Lake County Health Department. The water quality status is updated on a daily basis. A green indicator shows that a beach is open, and a red indicator shows that a beach is closed. You can also find things like
wind speed, wave height and water temperature.
Other sources for conditions are
Please monitor VHF channels 01-10 for NOAA forecast.
Typically channel 01 is closet forecast to the VHF
For additional information, call the Forest Park Beach Hotline at (847) 234-6702 and press 8.
Enjoy your day on the water!
Lake Forest Resident
Proof of Lake Forest residency will be required
on weekends and holidays for everyone using the beach
facilities. The City of Lake Forest realizes that some children
may not have a valid piece of identification to guarantee free
admittance to the beach facility. A Forest Park Beach
Identification card can be made for any Lake Forest resident at
the Lake Forest Recreation Center (400 Hastings Road) between
the hours of 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday –
Residents will be required to show proof of City of Lake Forest
at the five open entrances to the facility. Appropriate forms of
identification include drivers
license, state ID, school ID, Lake Forest water bill or a Forest
Park Beach ID. Resident can obtain a free Forest
Park Beach ID at the Lake Forest Recreation
Center, 400 Hastings Rd,
between the hours of 8:30 AM– 4:30 PM, Monday– Saturday.
The non-resident usage fee of $10/person / day will go into
effect Memorial Day weekend. This usage fee will be charged on
weekends and holidays for the 2013
Non-residents of any age, planning to spend a holiday or weekend
day at the beach will
be charged a daily usage fee of $10 per person. This fee is
drop-off and access to the beach facility will be at the
northern most entrance of the wooden
walk ramp which is located just south of the upper circle drive
and Spring Lane. Non-residents are not allowed to park in
any Forest Park Parking lot without a seasonal parking permit,
see grid below for fees.
Watercraft Usage Program:
Don’t have a way to get on the water this summer? Come use
our sailboats, kayaks, and boards! For just a small fee, you can
get on the water with your favorite watercraft, including single and
double kayaks, 420 sailboats, windsurfers, and
paddleboards! All equipment is usable on a first come first
serve basis. It is located at cell 4 next to the Boat Pavilion.
Use by the hour or for the full day. Just show up at the beach
and let our staff set you up!!! Hours 10am-5pm Mon-Sun
Contact Hunter Ratliff at 847.615.4592 or
Ratliffh@cityoflakeforest.com for more information.
Watercraft usage Fee’s
South Pavilion, Boat Pavilion, Forest Park Bluff, and Fire
Circle are available for party rentals except on holidays and
holiday weekends. Lake Forest Residents may rent either of these
pavilions for a 4-hour time frame at a $75 rental fee with a
$150 refundable litter deposit. The North Pavilion is for
drop-in use only and is not available for rental. For further
information regarding pavilion rentals please call Anthony
Anaszewicz, Program Manager at 847-810-3945.
The Fire Circle which is located on the lower level of Forest Park, north of the Sailboat Compound, in the upper grass area can be rented in the same manner as the South and Boat Pavilions. It is reminiscent of the original Jens Jensen Council Ring familiar in and popular with the North Shore communities. It is the perfect setting for fireside discussions and stories. The Fire Circle is a stand alone rental and it requires a Burn Permit obtained from the Lake Forest Fire Department.
Forest Park Bluff is the grass park land located on the upper level of the Beach Facilities at Deerpath and Lake Roads. The southern portion of the park can be rented for parties under the same guidelines of the pavilion rentals with parking access in the Upper South Lot.
Pavilion Rental Permit Application Form (18k - 1 page)
Pavilion Rental Permit Rules and Regulations (143k - 26 pages)
Fees for Forest Park Beach Stickers
The table below lists the fee for the 2013 season. If you would like to purchase storage space or obtain
watercraft launching stickers, please register your information at the Lake Forest Recreation Center, Monday thru Friday, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. If you have any questions, please call 847-234-6700.
passes will be available to purchase at Forest Park Beach! A
fee of $38.00 will be charged for residents launching watercraft that are transported into the facility daily.
Additionally non-resident can also purchase a daily launch pass
for $60.00. Non-resident daily launch will only be sold
Monday - Friday, no weekends or holidays. We have a new
Watercraft Impoundment Ordinance for watercraft contained in the
compound or racks. Please be aware of the policy.
|Type||Resident Fee||Resident Senior Fee||Non-Resident Fee|
Watercraft Ramp Launch||
Watercraft Compound Storage||
|Year Round Beach Rack
Seasonal Beach Racks Storage ||
|North Beach Parking
|South Beach Parking Permit||
|Lost Key / Transfer Fee (Decal must be surrendered||$5||$5||$5|
If you plan to use the Boat Basin Facility please read the
following open letter to watercraft users and the rules listed
below. We offer other storage opportunities for you, if
you are interested please contact us for more information at
to Boat Basin Users (42k - 3 pages)
Boat Basin Use (28k - 1 page)
Boating and fishing Rules and Regulations
(35k -1 page)