Address 1: Lake Front / Park Office
Open: Open all year
Open all Year: Yes
Number of Sites: 244
Full Hook: Yes
A full range of recreation opportunities complement the expansive shoreline of Illinois Beach State Park. Interested in jogging and bicycling? The trails are waiting! Or, is physical fitness your current pursuit? Whether you’re an active outdoor enthusiast or just interested in a quiet walk along some of the Midwest’s most scenic beaches, this is the place for you!
Easy access to Lake Michigan make this park a relaxing and enjoyable place to picnic with the family. Both the northern and southern units of the park contain ample picnic grounds complete with tables. There is a handicap accessible picnic shelter with access to accessible drinking fountains.
During the summer season, swimming is a major attraction along the sandy shorelines, and both units provide ample parking and bathhouse with showers. There are no on-duty lifeguards, so please be careful.
Fishing is allowed along the beach area in both units (except in the swimming areas) and there are several small inland fishing ponds, including Sand Pond, where a fishing pier for the disabled is available. A fishing license is required to fish. No fishing is allowed in the nature preserve.
From guided nature hikes to individual treks, Illinois Beach provides excellent hiking opportunities. The southern part of the park features 5 miles of trails, including a 2.2-mile loop trail with a graveled surface. In the north, Camp Logan Trail is a 1.8-mile multi-use loop that cross-country skiers also can use. Cross-country skiing is not allowed in the nature preserve.
Bikers can travel between the North and South units of Illinois Beach State Park by utilizing the Zion Bike Trail, a section of trail connecting 29th Street at the south end to 17th Street at the north end.
The interpretive center is a popular spot to start your visit to Illinois Beach. Located in the nature area, the center has educational displays, a “hands-on” exhibit area, and seasonal park staff to answer any questions you might have.