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., 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.
Raging Kitchen at the Beach - Is closed for the season
Raging Kitchen at the Beach cooks up dynamic fare this summer, with more enticing food offerings than ever before. Signature BBQ Chicago style ribs, roasted chicken, grilled shrimp, and corn on the cob are only a few stand out dishes. Fresh, locally procured ingredients and seasonal fruits and vegetable are prominent in health conscience smoothies and crisp garden salads, while traditional boardwalk favorites like burgers and hot dogs, still shine.
Lake Forest Resident Identification
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 – 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. You can also find things like wind speed, wave height and water temperature. Other sources for conditions are Sailflow. Please monitor VHF channels 01-10 for NOAA forecast. Typically channel 01 is closet forecast to the VHF postition.
For additional information, call the Forest Park Beach Hotline at (847) 234-6702 and press 8.
Enjoy your day on the water!