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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 7- Sunday August 10. After August 10 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

Raging Kitchen will be back at the North Pavilion this year with even more exciting food offerings than ever!! The staff will be back to serve your family and friends the fresh high quality food you enjoyed last summer including the now famous Belgium waffle with fresh berries! And don’t forget the chicken caesar wrap and bbq pork sandwiches that became everyone’s favorite beach side lunch. Raging Kitchen will host some summer-time events and Weekend Specials that all ages will enjoy! Remember, Raging Kitchen caters on the beach, on your boat, or in one of the lakeside pavilions. Hours of Operation: Weekdays 10am - 6pm  Saturday & Sunday 7am - 7pm. Visit to check out our menu! Also, for more information, contact

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Lake Forest Resident Identification

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.  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!

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.

Non-Resident Usage

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 2014 beach season.

Non-residents of any age, will be charged a daily usage fee of $10 per person on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. This fee is non-refundable. Non-resident drop-off and access to the beach facility will be north of the Upper South Parking lot.  Non-residents are not allowed to park in any Forest Park Parking lot without a seasonal parking permit.

Watercraft Usage Program:

For just a small fee, you can use one of our single or double kayaks, 420 sailboats, windsurfers, and paddleboardsto 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-5pm Monday - Sunday
Contact Hunter Ratliff at 847.615.4592 or for more information.

Watercraft usage Fees

Kayak $20/hour $65/day
Double Kayak $25/hour $75/day
Windsurfer $35/hour $75/day
Paddle Board $35/hour $75/day
Sailboat $40/hour $140/day


220 E. Deerpath, Lake Forest, IL 60045
(847) 234-2600

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