To park at Forest Park Beach North Lot and South Lot, all vehicles are required to have a City of Lake Forest vehicle sticker. To park at Forest Park Beach South Lot, additional permits are required.

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.

For information on water quality and whether swimming is permitted, please call the Forest Park Beach Hotline at (847) 234-6702 and press 8.


Residents will be required to show proof of City of Lake Forest residency at all entrances to the facility. Appropriate forms of identification include driver's 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.


The non-resident usage fee of $15/person / day will go into effect Memorial Day weekend. This usage fee will be charged on Saturday, Sundays and holidays for the 2019 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 residents can purchase a Guest Beach Parking Pass for $10, limit 5 times per year. Pass must be purchased by a Lake Forest Resident at the Recreation 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 847.810.3666 for more information.


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

The Boating Center operates daily from 10:00 am - 7:00 pm on the following dates:

  • May 23 - 24
  • May 30 - 31
  • June 6 - August 16
  • August 22 - 23
  • August 29 - 30
  • September 5 - 7
*All dates subject to change due to weather.


Please stop by the Kemper Beverage Cart and enjoy a glass of wine or beer on our beautiful lakefront this summer. Service available in the designated area, weather permitting. Schedule subject to change.