Welcome to Forest Park Beach!

In order to remain in compliance with the Governor's Executive order and capacity limitations, please recognize that some changes have been made to insure that you have a safe and fun experience at the beach. We are looking forward to seeing you!

Reminder! To park at Forest Park Beach North Lot, all vehicles are required to have a City of Lake Forest vehicle sticker. The City of Lake Forest vehicle sticker is also required for overflow parking. To park at Forest Park Beach South Lot, additional permits are required.

PARKING & CAPACITY


About our park and beach:

Visitors to our 29 acre park can enjoy the large beach and grass areas. 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.

For information on water quality, please call the Forest Park Beach Hotline at (847) 234-6702 & press 8.

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 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.

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

Forest Park Beach Parking Enforcement starting september 1, 2020

north lot & upper south lot:

  • Starting on September 1, all residents that wish to park at Forest Park Beach North Lot and Upper South Lot must display a 2020 City of Lake Forest Vehicle Sticker per City Ordinance 73.45.

  • 2019 stickers will no longer be valid after August 31.

  • Vehicle Stickers can be purchased:

  1. Online at https://www.aptvsa.com/lakeforest/resident. You will need the PIN code provided on your renewal notice. If you do not know your PIN number, please email Jamese Scott at scottj@cityoflakeforest.com.
  2. In person M-F from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm at Municipal Services, 800 N. Field Drive,Lake Forest. Face coverings are required to enter the building.
lower south lot:
  • Parking at the Lower South Lot is by permit only. Permits can be purchased at the Recreation Center, 400 Hastings Road, Lake Forest or the sailing office.
Please also note:
  • If your vehicle is registered to an address outside of The City of Lake Forest and does not have a 2020 sticker displayed, you will be ticketed when parking anywhere east of Sheridan Road, including beach parking lots.
  • No parking is allowed on the ring road or nearby public streets, with or without a City vehicle sticker or beach parking sticker.
view pdf here

NON-RESIDENT USAGE

We are looking forward to seeing you at our beautiful beach!

Non-Resident Beach Access & Parking:

  • The non-resident entrance is located at the south stairs.

  • There is a $25 daily fee per person. Credit cards only: Visa, MC, Amex, Discover. Sorry, no refunds are given.

  • There is no onsite parking. There are public lots located in the business district and at the train station. It is a short 3/4 mile walk to the lakefront.

  • Those interested can purchase a 2020 non-resident parking sticker for the lower north and upper south parking lots for $910, sold at Municipal Services - 800 N Field Dr, Lake Forest.

RESIDENT GUEST PASSES

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. Click here for Recreation Center hours.

CONCESSIONS, BEER AND WINE SALES AT THE BEACH

Concessions are now closed for the 2020 season. As a reminder, no outside alcohol is allowed at the beach.

South Beach Parking and Watercraft Ramp Launch permits can only be purchased in person at the Recreation Center. Click here for more hours and information.

View more information by clicking the link below:

2020 SOUTH BEACH PERMIT & BOAT LAUNCH INFORMATION

Daily launch passes will be available to purchase at Forest Park Beach. A fee of $40.00 will be charged for residents launching watercraft that are transported into the facility daily. Additionally, non-resident daily launch passes for 2020 have been suspended. We have a new Watercraft Impoundment Ordinance for watercraft contained in the compound or racks. Please be aware of the policy.

2020 BOATING FEES

If you plan to use the Boat Basin Facility please read the following open letter to watercraft users and the rules listed below. We offer other storage opportunities for you, if you are interested please contact us for more information at 847.810.3666.

OPEN LETTER TO BOAT BASIN USERS RULES FOR BOAT BASIN USE

RULES FOR BOATING & FISHING

kayak & Paddle board launching

Cell 4 is half swimming and half non-motorized watercraft launch area. Please note - NO Motorized watercraft allowed, including waverunners.

BOATING CENTER REntals

Boating Center rentals are suspended for the 2020 season. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Umbrella Policy

The City of Lake Forest does not allow the use of umbrellas or large tents; however, some exceptions are allowed: small umbrellas that attach to chairs, small sun shelters, and canopy style structures attached to chairs. Click here to learn more.

Please note the following:

  • No dogs/pets
  • No drones
  • No firearms
  • No fireworks
  • No open fires
  • No outside alcohol
  • No hammocks on trees
  • No tents or beach umbrellas
  • No smoking, vaping, or cannabis
  • No bikes, scooters, skateboards, or roller blades/skates
  • No jumping off rocks/piers
  • No walking on ramps