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Swimming Beach at Independence Grove


Restrooms at the Marina and North Bay are open. 

Marina and beach operations are closed for the 2020 season.

All other facilities, including the Visitors Center, beach restrooms and playgrounds are closed. All concerts are canceled. To communicate with our staff regarding preserve questions, call 847-968-3499.


Before heading out to Independence Grove, click below for current status updates. You can also call the Independence Grove Hotline at 847-968-3499, or follow us on Twitter @IndependenceGro.

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The Beach at Independence Grove

Grab your swimsuit, towel and sunscreen, and head to the beach at Independence Grove in Libertyville. Lifeguards are on duty when the beach is open. A walk-up cafe located at the Visitors Center sells snacks and beverages. Gift cards can be used for beach admission, boat and bike use, and more. Purchase any amount with cash or credit card at the Visitors Center

The beach offers 400 feet of sand along the lake's South Bay. An adjacent beach house offers washrooms, showers and lockers. Beach chairs and shade umbrellas are available to 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 free and available upon request. For the safety of visitors and resident wildlife, inflatable items and glass containers are not permitted. Life jackets are available upon request. Lifeguards are on duty when the beach is open. Smoking not permitted. 


No dogs, horses or other pets are allowed in the preserve or preserve facilities.

Service Animals

Qualified services animals are allowed throughout the preserve and in all preserve facilities.

Beach Regulations

  • Hours: 10 am to 6 pm, unless otherwise posted
  • Beach is subject to unscheduled closings due to weather and conditions. Call the Beach Hotline for updates: 847-968-3497
  • Lifeguards are on duty when the beach is open
  • Wading and swimming are permitted in authorized areas only, during posted hours. Swimmers must remain within the designated swim area
  • Swimmers under age 12 must be accompanied by an adult, guardian or caregiver age 16 or over, and must be supervised at all times
  • Only approved U.S. Coast Guard life jackets and authorized devices are allowed
  • Life jackets are available upon request
  • No diving, or throwing rocks or sand
  • Inflatable items and glass containers are not permitted
  • Deposit litter in proper receptacles
  • While at the beach, guests may not possess or consume alcohol, or be under the influence of intoxicants
  • All swimmers who are not toilet trained must wear tight rubber or plastic pants or a swim diaper
  • Swimmers are not allowed to carry other patrons on their shoulders
  • Scuba Diving is not allowed anywhere in the facility unless previously approved by Facility Management
  • Beach patrons are required to control the volume of radios, and otherwise restrict noise that may impact other patrons
  • Swimmers with special needs or medical conditions (i.e. heart condition, epilepsy, infectious diseases, etc.) are strongly encouraged to notify a lifeguard prior to swimming, so that we may better provide special safety considerations. Management will reserve the right to refuse admittance to the swimming area, any patron who may compromise the public safety due to infectious disease or other condition
  • Fires are not allowed on the beach, except in approved grills or stoves
  • Patrons will be expected to don appropriate swimming attire, and are not allowed to swim in clothing, or underclothes. Furthermore, patrons must not make any indecent exposure of themselves
  • Swimming may be restricted or prohibited under the following conditions: poor water quality (swimmers must at all times avoid swallowing lake water), darkness, lightning (a sighting of lightning or presence of thunder will be followed by beach closure for a period of at least 30 minutes), overcrowding, participant behavior, staff shortages, weather non conducive for beach activities and other conditions based on the discretion of lifeguard and management staff
  • No breath holding games are allowed
  • Patrons are not allowed to climb on lifeguard equipment and towers
  • With the exception of service animals, dogs, horses and other pets are not permitted in this preserve
  • Rangers and other staff regularly patrol the area and can offer assistance

Beach Fees and Discounts –– Gift Cards Available

Beach Admission Fee
Free for ages under 2
$5 per person for Lake County residents. Driver's license is required for proof of residency.
$8 per person for nonresidents
Discounted Twilight Admission Fee––begins at 3 pm
$3 per person for Lake County residents
$5 per person for nonresidents

20-Punch Card––save 20 percent off beach admission
Purchase at beach house or Visitors Center. Valid for one season.
$80 for Lake County residents
$128 for nonresidents
Group Use––for groups of 15 or more, Tuesday–Friday
Receive savings and special features for your group visit. Reservations required and must be made 10 days or more in advance to ensure proper staffing. Please fill out the form to get started.
$5 per participant (one free chaperone for every five participants)

Includes reserved use of a large covered picnic area with tables, which makes a great gathering place for your kids and supplies, and free bus or van parking without residency requirement.

Group Use Request Form


Credit card only

FREE for Lake County residents. Driver's license is required for proof of residency.
$6 per car for nonresidents, Mon–Thu, $12 Fri–Sun and holidays.
Vehicle window sticker available
$5 for Lake County residents only. Purchase at Visitors Center.
Sticker allows visitors to bypass showing the required proof of county residency on each visit. Just point out your sticker to the gate attendant to be waved through. Sticker is good for the life of the vehicle's window and is not transferable. 


Independence Grove Forest Preserve
16400 West Buckley Road | Libertyville, IL 60048
847-968-3499 | 847-968-3259 fax

Buy a Gift Card

They never expire and can be used for beach admission, umbrella and chair rentals, boat and bike rentals, and parking fee for nonresidents.

Buy online or at the Visitors Center. Cannot be used for merchandise or permits.


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