The Lake Forest Beach and Park Is Open Again for 2021

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Did you hear!?

Kelmscott Park Apartments is just 5 minutes away from one of the most beautiful beaches on the Northshore. With plenty of sand, sun, grass, and shade, this gorgeous Lake Michigan beach is hard to beat.

And guess what? It’s open!

We are excited to welcome the Kelmscott Park Apartments Community back to the beach for the 2021 season.

About the Beach

Visitors to the 29-acre Forest Park and Lake Forest Beach can enjoy the large beach and grass areas. The park is open year-round, and park amenities include sheltered pavilions, a fishing pier, boat launching ramp and storage area, walking paths and a concession stand open during the summer months.

Boating is allowed and permits can be purchased in person at the recreation center. Information for that can be found here.

Kayaking and paddleboarding are allowed and can be launched from cells 1 and 4. No motorized watercraft are allowed in these areas. Rental information can be found here.

Beer and wine are sold and consumed in designated areas seven days a week.

Unfortunately, no pets are allowed.

A few reminders:

  • The park is open 6:00 am – 11:00 pm daily.

  • Proof of residency is required – driver’s license, school ID, Lake Forest water bill, or a Forest Park ID.

  • Lifeguards are on duty from Memorial Day to Labor Day from 9:30 am – 7:00 pm.

  • Parking:

    • North Lot: All vehicles are required to have a City of Lake Forest vehicle sticker. A City of Lake Forest vehicle sticker is also required for overflow parking.

    • South Lot: Additional permits are required and are available for purchase at the Recreation Center, 400 Hastings Road.

  • For information on water quality, please call the Forest Park Beach Hotline at (847) 234-6702 & press 8.

Please note: All city ordinances, policies, and procedures will be enforced.


With summer heating up and the outdoor life in full swing, it’s a great time to come check out the beach and enjoy the water.

Questions or comments? Drop us a line in the comments below!

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