About 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 Recreation Department.
Lifeguards are on duty daily from 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. beginning Saturday June 4, 2016- Sunday August 21, 2016. After August 21 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.
Lake Forest Resident Identification
Residents will be required to show proof of City of Lake Forest residency at all 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. Proof of Lake Forest residency will be required for everyone using the beach facilities. Resident children who need identification can obtain a Forest Park Beach Identification card at the Lake Forest Recreation Center (400 Hastings Road) between the hours of 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday – Saturday.
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.
For additional information, call the Forest Park Beach Hotline at (847) 234-6702 and press 8.
Enjoy your day on the water!
The non-resident usage fee of $10/person / day will go into effect Memorial Day weekend. This usage fee will be charged on Saturday, Sundays and holidays for the 2016 beach season.
This fee is non-refundable. Non-residents are not allowed to park in any Forest Park Parking lot without a seasonal parking permit.
Lake Forest Boating Center
For just a small fee, you can use one of our single or double kayaks, 420 sailboats and paddleboards to get on the water! All equipment is on a first come first serve basis. It is located at cell 4 next to the Boat Pavilion. Just show up at the beach and let our staff set you up!!! Hours 10am-6pm Monday - Sunday. Contact the office at 847.615.4592 for more information.
Beach Pavilion Rentals
The South Pavilion, Boat Pavilion, 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 Aaron Dalzot, Program Manager at 847-810-3930.
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.
IMPORTANT NOTE FOR 2016
Due to Forest Park Beach renovations in 2014, parking passes associated with pavilion rentals have been adjusted as Upper South Lot parking has changed. Rental of the Boat Pavilion or Fire Circle will include up to 5 free parking passes and the rental of the South Pavilion will include up to 10 free parking passes. Applicants may apply for up to 5 more passes at $5 per pass as part of their rental. Extra passes sold at $5 per pass are subject to Staff approval. Changes are reflected on the application.
Beach Pavilion Rental Permit Application Form
Beach Pavilion Rental Permit Rules and Regulations
Your City of Lake Forest vehicle sticker allows residents access to parking at Forest Park Beach in either the Lower North or Lower South Parking Lots. These stickers are available for purchase at the Municipal Services Building between 8:30AM and 4PM Monday through Friday or online at www.CityofLakeForest.com.
Non-residents may purchase an annual Non-resident Beach Parking Permit to park in the North Parking Lot at the Municipal Services, 800 N. Field Drive for $910 between 8:30AM and 4PM Monday through Friday.
IMPORTANT NOTE FOR 2015
Since beach parking will be severely limited due to the construction of the upper park, we have suspended Guess Passes for this year. In the past, residents were permitted to purchase five Guest Passes and rentals were given 15 parking passes to use for their non-resident friends and family. All Lake Forest residents, with the proper vehicle sticker, are able to park at the lakefront and by issuing Guest Passes to non-residents, the spaces available to residents could be greatly reduced.