Grab your swimsuit, towel and suntan lotion and dig your toes into 400 feet of sand beach along the south bay of Independence Grove's 115-acre lake. An adjacent beach house provides convenient access to washrooms, showers and lockers. A walk-up cafe located at the Visitors Center sells snacks and beverages. Chairs and umbrellas are also available for rent.
For those with limited mobility, a beach wheelchair that rolls over the sand and into the water with the assistance of a caregiver is available upon request and is free of charge.
For the safety of visitors and resident wildlife, inflatables are not permitted. Lifeguards are on duty during posted hours.
Swimming Beach :: opening May 24
Weekends only May 24–June 8 (including Memorial Day); daily June 9–Aug 15; weekends only Aug 16–Sep 1 (including Labor Day).
Hours 10 am–6 pm. Beach is subject to unscheduled closings due to weather and conditions. Call our Beach Hotline at 847-968-3497 for updates.
Cafe :: opening May 23
Hours Mon–Thu, 10:30 am–4 pm; Fri, Sat, Sun, 10:30 am–6 pm. Open until 9 pm on concert evenings.
Snacks, light entrees, beverages and ice cream are available from a convenient walk-up window on the north side of the Visitors Center.
Available at the Visitors Center. While they may not be used for permits or merchandise, they never expire and can be used for:
- beach admission, umbrella and chair rentals
- boat and bike rentals at the marina
- parking fee for non Lake County residents