Free Beaches in McHenry County

Summer Fun in McHenry County

Nothing says summer like a day spent on the beach. You don’t have to move south or drive to Lake Michigan to dip your toes in the sand and go for a swim. We’ve gathered up all the free beach locations in McHenry County for your summer fun.

free beaches in mchenry county

Free Beaches in McHenry County

With incredibly wet seasons, inland beaches can have closures due to the high bacteria levels. The Illinois Department of Public Health tests beaches Memorial Day through Labor Day. Check their website before heading out to ensure the beach is open. Little Lake County is not responsible for beach closures.

COVID-19 Statement: Experts have advised that the best thing for our community during the current Coronavirus pandemic is to reduce crowded gatherings. Please exercise caution when selecting outings. Ultimately it is your decision if you choose to go to public events and spaces. For the best and most up to date information on the outbreak locally, please visit the McHenry County Health Department COVID-19 status page.

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Photo Source: Village of Lake in the Hills

Butch Hagele Beach
71 Hilltop Dr., Lake In The Hills
Located on Woods Creek Lake beach is open for swimming from sunrise to sunset. There are no lifeguards on duty so swim at your own Irish. Lake in the Hills Parks and Recreation updates the status on their beach page. Beaches open for 2020 on July 2.

Indian Trail Beach
228 Indian Trail, Lake In The Hills
Located on Woods Creek Lake beach is open for swimming from sunrise to sunset. There are no lifeguards on duty so swim at your own Irish. Lake in the Hills Parks and Recreation updates the status on their beach page. Beaches open for 2020 on July 2.

Village Of Island Lake Beaches
Island Lake Maintains several beaches for swimming, all are un-guarded and swim at your own risk.

  • Dorthy Beach
  • Park Beach
  • Brier Beach
  • S. Shore Beach
  • Veterans Park Beach

See their online lake guide for full lake regulations.

Morrison Park Beach
233 Rand Rd, Lakemoor
Unguarded, swim at your own risk.

Find a Free Beach near you

In addition to these public beaches, there are twenty-five private beaches located in McHenry County sub-divisions that are for the exclusive use of the residents. You can find those on the McHenry County website.

Do you know of a free beach we missed? Share it in the comments!

Free Beaches in McHenry County

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