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Adeline Jay Geo-Karis Illinois Beach State Park, part of the Illinois state park system, is located along Lake Michigan in northern Lake County in northeast Illinois. Together with lands to the north, including Chiwaukee Prairie, it forms the Chiwaukee Prairie Illinois Beach Lake Plain, an internationally recognized wet-land of importance under the Ramsar Convention. The park is broken into two units that encompass an area of 4,160 acres (1,683 ha) and contains over six miles of Lake Michigan shoreline. In 2010, it was renamed for former state senator Adeline Geo-Karis.Arrange to visit Illinois Beach State Park and other attractions in Zion using our Zion online day trip planner.
Recreational activities at the park include boating, swimming, hiking, bicycling, camping, bird watching, and picnicking. Known primarily for the beach, the park also includes dune areas, wetlands, prairie, and black oak savanna. The area at the far southern end of the park is a designated nature preserve, which was named a National Natural Landmark in 1980.
Illinois Beach State Park reviews
The mixed reviews here had me unsure what to expect, but I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the park. I think I would leave 4.5 stars if I could, but I rounded up. I won’t pretend it’s the greatest park.... more
The mixed reviews here had me unsure what to expect, but I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the park. I think I would leave 4.5 stars if I could, but I rounded up. I won’t pretend it’s the greatest park.... more »
Loved the lake but the bathrooms could be cleaner, our spot flooded in the rain, and the mosquitos are insatiable. Some spots are spacious and lovely, some are tiny and have zero privacy. Easiest check-in and very friendly staff. Some folks looked like vagabonds who were riding around the park. We took locks for our tents and glad we did! We recommend this campground highly and it is super close to many places to eat and shop for food.
I know this park, beach and area for 24 years and love it❤️ I am from Chicago but never mind the drive to here (under hour) They are building small snacks,food, stuff store next to parking a lot at camping area close to beach, it should be done and open this year (2022) that’s nice and helpful to community. Love the lake shore around, 🏖 beach,clear water. Big rocks in water:) I recommend it to everyone. Family, friends. No littering please:)
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