Life’s a Beach: Guide to Lake County Beaches


Summer time is on the horizon!

Lake County is lucky to be the home of over 75 inland lakes and miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, and that means that we have all kinds of beaches!  Looking for an adventure on Lake Michigan? Try Illinois Beach State Park in Zion. Are you searching for a little bit more of a relaxed experience for the little guppies? Lake Zurich’s Paulus Park beach has lifeguards and a water playground!

Insider Tip! Check the Lake County Beach Advisory page HERE  for daily updates on inland and Lake Michigan beaches. Grab your towels, pull out your aqua toys, apply the sunscreen, find a good spot in the sand, kick back and relax, because life’s a beach sometimes. Here is your guide to Lake County beaches.

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Turtle Beach Marina in Antioch

  • 55 Boat Slips are available.
  • Located on the Channel Lake of the Chain O’ Lakes.
  • Must order from the restaurant to gain beach access.
  • Restaurant & concessions.
  • Marine service, Boat launch and repair.
  • Fishing is available.
  • Largest picnic grove combined with beach area on the Chain O’ Lakes.
  • Beach and picnic area are only available to marina members without Thirsty Turtle Brew & View access.

42273 N. Woodbine Ave., Antioch. 

Sunrise or Sunset ❓This one is easy. (((That’s Lake Michigan))) 🌊

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Illinois State Beach in Zion

  • Ample parking and bathrooms with showers.
  • NO on-duty lifeguards.
  • Park Hours:  Sunrise to 8 pm. Open Memorial day-Labor Day.
  • Free admission.
  • North Point Marina is located five miles north of Illinois Beach. The full-service, boat center and food concession marina offers 1,500 boating slips.
  • Fishing is allowed on the beach area.
  • Groups of 25 are required to register in advance with the site office.
  • One adult must accompany each group of 15 minors.
  • Pets are allowed but must be kept on a leash.

Park Office-Lakefront, Zion.

Independence Grove Swim Area in Libertyville

  • Open daily 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: June 4–Aug 11 (Beach is subject to unscheduled closings due to weather and conditions).
  • Open weekends only: Aug 11– Sept. 3 (including Labor Day).
  • Daily Fee:  Residents $4, non-residents $7.
  • Children ages 2 & under are free.
  • Discounted twilight admission begins at 3 p.m.; Residents -$2,  non-residents – $4.
  • Annual Pass: One person $49, two people $75, three people $105, four people $129, five or more $150 (all users must reside in same Lake County household).
  • 20-Punch Card: Save 20 percent off beach admission. Purchase a punch card at the beach house or Independence Grove Visitors Center. The punch card is valid for two seasons; Residents $64, non-residents $112.
  • Parking is free for Lake County residents and $5 for non-residents Monday-Thursday. $10 parking on weekends and holidays.

16400 W. Buckley Rd., Libertyville.

First beach day of summer !!! #nannylife

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Paulus Park Beach & Sprayground in Lake Zurich

  • Regular summer hours from June 9-August 12; 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Day camp swims Monday-Friday; 1-3 p.m.
  • Postseason hours: August 20-21, 21-28 and September 3-5; 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • The park provides a sprayground water play area, volleyball court, picnic tables, shelters, grills, playground, horseshoes, swimming and nature area.
  • Beaches are open weather permitting.

200 S. Rand Rd., Lake Zurich.


Spring Lake Beach in Lincolnshire

  • Daily passes: Residents $4, non-residents $8.
  • Season passes: Resident individual $24, resident family (Max 5) $60, non-resident individual $48; non-resident family (max 5) $120.
  • Open June 11-August 24 daily.
  • Postseason: Open August 25-September 3; open on weekends only.
  • Lifeguards on duty 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Open sunrise to sunset – swim at your own risk when no lifeguard on duty.

49 Oxford Dr., Lincolnshire.

Lake Minear Beach in Libertyville

  • Open daily May 26-Mid August.
  • Weekends open til Sept 5.
  • Hours each day are 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Memberships: Family membership $175, individual membership $110, senior membership $85, 10 visits for $95 (refill for $35) and fishing pass $65 plus membership.
  • Swimming lessons are offered.
  • Fishing allowed from the shore or by boat. Fish species include crappie, bass, bluegill, walleye, catfish and northern pike. Lake Minear is a catch and release lake.
  • Lake Minear offers volleyball, full-service concessions, free WI-FI, fishing, swimming lessons and party rentals.

600 W. Oak Spring Rd., Libertyville.

Diamond Lake Beach in Mundelein

  • Daily Passes: Weekdays $4, weekends & holidays $5, twilight $2 and kids ages 3 and under receive free admission.
  • Seniors pay $2 weekdays, $3 on weekends and $1 for twilight.
  • Open Monday-Friday, June 2-August 5; Weekdays 11 a.m.-6 p.m., weekends 10 a.m-8 p.m. and holidays noon-6 p.m.
  • Diamond Lake Beach offers a playground, picnic tables, volleyball nets, changing room, lawn chairs and grills.
  • Paddleboats, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards are available to rent between $3-$5 per hour.
  • Concessions are available, and outside food is permitted.

1016 Diamond Lake Rd., Mundelein.

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Fish Lake Beach in Volo

  • Open May 1-October 15; Weekday hours 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m. (until August 23), weekend hours 7 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
  • Daily passes:  $4 per person (Under 3 free), $8 on weekdays and $10 per person on holiday weekends.
  • Row boats, paddleboats and paddleboards are available for rent; $5-$10 per hour or double kayak/rowboat rental at $15 per day.
  • Mini golf: $3 per round.
  • Campground offers playgrounds, free parking, picnic tables, grills, basketball hoops (near the beach) and a volleyball net.
  • Catch & keep fishing. Limits include three bass per day (under 14 in, release bass over 14 in), three catfish per day, five bluegills per day, five crappies per day, five yellow perch per day and unlimited carp. Fishing admission between $6-$10.
  • Campers receive discounted Six Flags Great America & Hurricane Harbor tickets. Click here to learn more.

32223 N. US Highway 12, Volo.

“Come fill the ocean with me, the ocean of our dreams” 🌊🌊 #chicago #summer

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Waukegan Municipal Beach

  • The beach is open year-round; 6 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Free Entry ($20 Beach Permit for Non-Residents on weekends & holidays).
  • The beach features one mile of sand that is groomed daily along with some of the only natural dunes in the area.
  • Recreational activities include swimming, sunbathing, picnicking and sand volleyball.
  • No lifeguards on duty at this facility.
  • The marina offers 1,000 slips for the recreational fisher, competitive boat racer, beginning kiteboarder and everyone in between.
  • Waukegan band performs in their summer concert series every Tuesday over the summer at the Stiner Pavilion.

201 Sea Horse Dr., Waukegan.

Rosewood Beach in Highland Park

  • Open May 26-September 3; 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Free for residents and guests; $10 for non-residents.
  • The beach features a natural cove, concessions, restrooms and more.
  • Recreational activities include swimming and stand up paddleboarding.
  • After school, early childhood and public programs available at various times.
  • Free parking for residents; $15 hourly/$40 4-hour parking for non-residents.
  • Picnic rentals available

883 Sheridan Rd., Highland Park

To learn more about Lake County beaches, continue here.

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2 Responses to Life’s a Beach: Guide to Lake County Beaches

  1. Jeff Tondola December 12, 2016 at 5:42 pm #

    How many of these beaches are groomed regularly?

    Waukegan has a great process and large equipment to do it right and regularly.

    Since we clean beaches, it would good to reach out and offer our services to these and many other public beaches.


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