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Beach Parking Plan for Summer 2019


On March 4, 2019, the City Council approved an agreement for the restoration of the failed bluff along the North Beach Access Road. The project will begin this month, with the majority of the work being completed by the end of September 2019 (weather permitting). To register for weekly email updates on the project, please sign up for Construction Updates at 


Road Access:

During construction, Lake Road (from Deerpath to Westminster) will be closed to through traffic.

            No left turn permitted at Lake Road and E. Deerpath going north.

            No access to Ring Road at Forest Park.


Construction Traffic:

The City anticipates a large amount of truck traffic on Deerpath to access the construction site.

         Trucks will enter Lake Forest from Route 41 east to Westleigh Road to Sheridan Road north to Deerpath east to Lake Road, whereby no railroad crossings or school traffic will be impacted.


Beach Parking:

For 2019, a new beach parking plan and beach parking regulations will be in place and has been approved by the Lake Forest Parks and Recreation Board as well as The Lake Forest City Council.  The goal of the parking plan is to provide a safe waterfront environment, exceptional customer service, meet resident expectations, and to best manage staff and beach/parking facilities. Even after the north beach access road failed in the summer of 2018, almost 24,000 vehicles parked at the south parking lot, and Lake Forest beach hosted nearly 47,000 guests. The City will communicate the beach parking plan through the summer Dialogue newsletter, marketing, print and social media, web sites, email notifications, signage, and information made available at City buildings.


Summer 2019 beach parking will be limited to the South Beach Lot with the following criteria:



·         South Beach Parking open to all residents with a City of Lake Forest vehicle sticker.

·         Middle row parking reserved for trailer, compound, and watercraft permits.

·         Non-residents will be directed to park at the East Train Station.


Weekends and Holidays: 

·         South Beach Parking will be open to south beach permitted vehicles only (boat launch, watercraft storage, south beach parking). Middle row parking is reserved for trailers.

·         Lake Forest Residents: Vehicles with a City of Lake Forest sticker must park in the lot behind Deerpath Middle School.  Shuttle service will be provided to and from the south beach parking lot continuously from 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

·         Non-Residents: Parking will be available at the Deerpath Middle School lot after the non-resident fee of $15.00 per person is paid at the Recreation Center and wristbands are obtained. Shuttle service will be provided to and from the south beach parking lot continuously from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Non-residents may also park at the East LF Train Station.



·         On July 4, the parking and shuttles will run from the Lake Forest High School East Campus parking lot, not Deerpath Middle School, due to the Festival & Fireworks event being held there. 

·         The top south parking lot will be designated for beach staff only.

·         Signage will be added in key locations regarding parking and the shuttle service.

·         Handicapped parking will be available in the lower south parking lot. 

·         Golf cart transportation between the south beach pavilion and the north pavilion swimming area will be provided.

·         Pedestrian traffic will access the beach from the north belvedere stairway and the south wooden stairway.

·         Caretaker passes, daily boat launch passes, and guest parking passes will continue to be issued for weekdays only (not on weekends or holidays).

·         All beach pavilion and fire circle rentals have been temporarily suspended for the summer.  Any existing rentals of these facilities will be honored.

·         All emergency vehicles will access the lakefront from the south parking lot unless access from the north lot is available.




220 E. Deerpath, Lake Forest, IL 60045
(847) 234-2600
Non-Emergency Police:  (847) 234-2601

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