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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.
2018 Schedule:
Lifeguards are on duty daily from 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. on the following dates:
May 26-28
June 2 - August 19
August 26-26
September 1-3
Lake Forest residents can reserve beach facilities. A valid Lake Forest vehicle license is required for parking in any beach lot.
Beer and Wine Sales at the Beach
Please stop by the Kemper Beverage Cart and enjoy a glass of wine or beer on our beautiful lakefront this summer. Service available during concession hours in the designated area, weather permitting. Schedule subject to change. 
For more information, contact:
Sally Swarthout, Director of Parks, Recreation and Forestry
847.810.3942 or 
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.
Beach Water Quality
You can 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.
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 2018 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.
Watercraft Usage Fees and Membership
Purchase your boating center membership pass at the Recreation Center. All persons whom are part of a membership must be present at the Recreation Center to have their pass created (this can be at separate times). In order to use a watercraft at the Lake Forest Boating Center, members must have their pass with them.
Family Pass  $400
Couple Pass  $320
Adult Individual Season Pass  $200
Youth Pass (Ages 8-17)  $125
5 Use Punch Card $175*
One Time Use  (90 Minutes)   $50



*Boat Launch Punch Card: The 5 punch boat launch card can be purchased at the Recreation Center. The cost is the same as 5 launches. However, since you will haved filled out all of your paperwork at the Recreation Center, launching is faster and easier.



Aaron R. Dalzot
Program Manager, Lakefront 
William Howard
Head Coach & Program Supervisor, Sailing
(847) 810-3666

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

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