Life's A Beach in Lake County 2022 - Visit Lake County - Blog

Life's A Beach in Lake County 2022

By: Nick Borowitz

Life's a beach here in Lake County. Some might say that we're spoiled since we are the Land of Lakes.

What do you get when you have so many lakes like we do? Beaches!

We put this simple guide together for the summer season to make finding a beach a simple task. Whether you want to bring the family and kids for the day, or just find a spot to kick back and read a book, keep on reading to a find shoreline that fits your needs.

North Point Marina in Winthrop Harbor

 

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Quiet, serene and safe, North Point Marina offers the relaxation you expect and the nurturing you need in a natural and lush recreational setting.

Open select days weather permitting from May 27 - September 5, call ahead first. Monday-Sunday: 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Free admission. North Point Marina, 701 N. Point Dr. Winthrop Harbor.

Adeline Jay Geo-Karis Illinois Beach State Park in Zion

 

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This beach stretches from the border of Wisconsin for six-and-a-half miles down to the southern edge of the Illinois Beach State Park area.

Open select days weather permitting from between May 27 - September 5, call ahead first. Monday-Sunday; 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Free admission. Park Office, 1 Lake Front Dr., Zion.

Waukegan Municipal Beach and North Beach

 

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The Waukegan Municipal Beach features one mile of sand along with some of the only remaining natural dunes in the area.

Open select days weather permitting all year, call ahead first. 6 a.m. - 9 p.m. Free admission, $10 parking on the weekends and holidays for vehicles without a Waukegan city sticker. Waukegan Municipal Beach, 201 Sea Horse Dr., Waukegan.

Diamond Lake Beach in Mundelein

 

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Diamond Lake Beach is located on 100 acres. It includes a natural lake, sand beach, grassy areas, and a shaded picnic grove.

Open select days weather permitting from May 27 - September 5, noon-5 p.m. On Monday and Wednesday-Sunday through August 7, closed on Tuesdays. Call ahead first. Admission/Pass: $5 - $125. Diamond Lake Beach, 1016 Diamond Lake Rd., Mundelein.

Turtle Beach Marina in Antioch on the Chain O'Lakes State Park

 

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Turtle Beach Marina has the largest beach on the Chain, ideal for beach-faring experiences, dining options and general leisure.

Open select days weather permitting from May 27 - September 5, call ahead first. 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Monday-Friday. Free beach admission, $10 parking. Turtle Beach Marina, 42273 N. Woodbine Ave., Antioch.

Paulus Park and Sprayground in Lake Zurich

 

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Paulus Park and Sprayground offers a beach that has picnic area and multiple opportunities for fun in the water and in the sand.

Open select days weather permitting from June 6 - September 5, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Monday-Sunday. Call ahead first. Admission/Pass: $6 - $125. Paulus Park and Sprayground, 200 S. Rand Rd., Lake Zurich.

Sunset Pavilion at Breezewald Park in Lake Zurich

 

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The Sunset Pavilion in Breezewald Park serves a variety of craft beers, gelato and small bites, wines and has some of the best sunsets in Lake Zurich.

Open select days weather permitting from May 10 - TBD in October, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Monday-Saturday; Sunday: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sundays after Labor Day, closes at 8 p.m. Call ahead first. Sunset Pavilion, 125 N. Old Rand Rd., Lake Zurich.

Spring Lake Beach in Lincolnshire

 

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Nestled inside Spring Lake Park, this beach is cozy and offers a more quiet experience thanks to its secluded nature.

Open select days weather permitting from May 29 - September 6, Sunrise - sunset. Monday-Sunday. Call ahead first. Free admission. Spring Lake Park, 49 Oxford Dr., Lincolnshire.

Lake Minear Beach in Libertyville

 

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If you want quiet, calm and a serene beach, Like Minear is a private body of water with a long history of citizens stepping in to keep it shining.

Open select days weather permitting from May 27 - September 6, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday-Sunday. Call ahead first. Admission: $90 - $185. Lake Miner Beach, 600 W. Oak Spring Rd., Libertyville.

Fish Lake Beach Resort in Volo

 

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Fish Lake Beach offers the experience of swimming on a beach, in nature, right over in Volo. Get the big forest feels a few towns over.

Open weekdays only to the public, June 1 - September 1, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday-Friday. Call ahead first. Admission: $6 per person (Under 3 free). Fish Lake Beach Resort, 32223 N. US Highway 12, Volo.

Rosewood Beach in Highland Park

 

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Rosewood beach is nationally awarded and that features a nature cove for ecological and nature programs, guarded swimming beach, and a recreation beach.

Open select days weather permitting from May 27 - September 6; 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Daily. Monday-Sunday. Call ahead first. Admission: $10 - 285, daily. Rosewood Beach, 883 Sheridan Rd., Highland Park.

Sunrise Beach in Lake Bluff

 

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Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, Sunrise Beach offers picturesque views and the opportunity to kick back and take in some sun.

Open select days weather permitting from May 27 - September 5, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Call ahead first. Monday-Sunday. Admission: $5 - $15. Rosewood Beach, 455 Sunrise Ave., Lake Bluff.

Phil's Beach on Bangs Lake in Wauconda

 

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Bangs Lake in Wauconda is a natural glacial lake and a popular travel destination for the Chicagoland area.

Open select days weather permitting from June 4 - September 6, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Monday-Sunday. Call ahead first. Admission: $7 - $130. Phil's Beach, 328 N. Main St., Wauconda.

Fort Sheridan Shore Line in Fort Sheridan

 

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Fort Sheridan is a forest preserve with a view for a reason. Trails run along the shore line of Lake Michigan and offers stunning views and photo opportunities.

Open select days weather permitting all year, 6:30 a.m. - sunset. Monday-Sunday. Call ahead first. Free admission. Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve, Sheridan and Old Elm Roads, Ft. Sheridan.

Openlands Lakeshore Preserve in Highland Park

 

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Openlands Lakeshore Preserve is currently closed to the public at this time. There are on-going shoreline cleanup and safety inspections.


To plan a season full of experiences, visit our summer guide. To see what is happening this weekend near you, click here.



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