Three Oaks Recreation Area in Crystal Lake has a beach

Disclosure: Our family was given complimentary admission to the Three Oaks Recreation Area. I was not required to express a particular point of view and all opinions are my own.

We had the opportunity to visit Three Oaks Recreation Area, a former quarry turned lake in Crystal Lake, and absolutely enjoyed ourselves. From beaches to a park to picnic areas, this is a perfect diversion for families on a nice, summer day.

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Three Oaks Recreation Area

Location: 5517 Northwest Highway, Crystal Lake, Illinois
When: Open Monday – Saturday. Closed Sundays. 
Hours: 5:30 a.m. to sunset
Parking: Parking is free if you are a resident and $5 for non-residents
Admission: Admission is free except the Lake House: Non-resident adults: $10, youth $6, kids 3 and under free. Check their website for more rates including matinee fees.

 Highlights

  • Beach fun. There aren’t that too many places in the Northwest suburbs where we can enjoy the beach. A definite hidden gem!
Three Oaks Recreation Area in Crystal Lake has a beach
Three Oaks Recreation Area in Crystal Lake has a beach
  • Safety first. Clearly marked signs signifying a change in depth plus attentive lifeguards along the beach.
Three Oaks Recreation Area in Crystal Lake has a beach
Three Oaks Recreation Area in Crystal Lake has a beach
  • More fun for kids.  Kids can stay cool in the splash pad or release any extra energy in the playground or even go on a paddle boat.

Three Oaks Recreation Area in Crystal Lake has a beach

  • Culvers restaurant on site. Perfect for days when you’d like to chill out and have ice cream.
  • Interested in learning how to standup paddleboard or scuba diving? They offer lessons here!

Bottom Line

We had such a great time at Three Oaks Recreation Area in Crystal Lake. Even though the weather may not have been in our favor, we are excited to make a repeat visit. We are lucky to have this hidden gem so close to us so we will definitely visit soon!

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