Parks & Recreation
CAUTION DRIVERS & PARK PATRONS! A LOT of turtles, especially like the Red Ear Slider in the picture, are coming up on land to lay their eggs. Drivers please be alert as turtles are crossing the roads. PLEASE DO NOT DISTURB THEM! Thank you from the Park Staff.
MAIN (EAST) BOAT LAUNCH TEMPORARILY CLOSED SATURDAY MORNING, JUNE 23rd
THE MAIN (EAST) BOAT LAUNCH WILL BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED SATURDAY MORNING, JUNE 23rd TO ALLOW FOR THE CENTRAL ILLINOIS OPEN WATER SWIM.
Main (East) Boat Launch facilities will be closed SATURDAY, JUNE 23rd at 6:00 a.m. and reopen at 1:00 p.m. to allow for the Central Illinois Open Water Swim (CIOWS). Boaters/Fishermen should be aware that part of the lake will be off-limits during this time also. The area near the Swimming Beach and Boat Rental/Bait Shop will be used for the Open water Swim. THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION!
GLASENER BEACH IS NOW OPEN!
GLASENER BEACH IS OPEN! OPEN EVERYDAY FROM NOON - 5:30 P.M.
Cost is just $5.00 for adults, $3.50 for kids 12 and under, and .50 for little tykes! We also have a concessions stand with LOTS OF GOODIES!!! You can also enjoy the water trampoline or float tubes.
Would you like to Adopt-A-Tree at COMLARA Park?
In the last couple of years, the park staff has had to cut down several Ash Trees that were destroyed by the Emerald Ash Borer, specifically in the Campground and Main Recreation Area (MRA). For a donation of $100.00, the Park’s Dept. will purchase a 5-6 ft. tree and have a small plaque made with it to say you donated it and/or in memory of someone who was special to you. For a donation of $200, the Park’s Dept. will purchase an 8-12 ft. tree and have a larger, more decorative plaque made with it to say you donated it and/or in memory of someone who was special to you.
FMI CONTACT MIKE AT (309) 242-5806 OR TALK TO A STAFF MEMBER AT THE PARK VISITOR CENTER. THANK YOU!
April 25, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
From: McLean County Animal Control Center
Spring brings an increased presence of Canada Geese in residential and commercial areas in McLean County as they complete their nesting cycle. This increased presence of Canada Geese often results in conflicts between them and humans. Common conflicts include threats to public safety as they defend their nests, and property damage from over-feeding. McLean County wants to remind the public that Canada Geese are protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and that the protection under the act covers not only the geese, but their eggs and nests. Migratory waterfowl are regulated by the Federal Government and permits are issued by Illinois Department of Natural Resources and it is illegal to move, harass, disturb, injure, or kill migratory waterfowl without a permit issued by USFWS or IDNR.
A flow chart regarding the need for permits regarding Canada Geese can be found at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/wildlife/files/controlling_nuisance_geese.pdf.
An informational pamphlet about managing conflicts can be found at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/wildlife/files/IL_WS_Canada_Goose.pdf.
If you experience a conflict with Canada Geese please contact the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Urban Waterfowl Project Manager, at (847) 608-3167
NOW ACCEPTING CAMPING RESERVATIONS FOR 2018!
COMLARA PARK CAMPING RESERVATIONS
Walk-In: At The Park Visitor Center - Open Weekdays 8-6 & Weekends 8-4
Phone-In: (309) 434-6770
Reservations can be made starting the first Saturday in April In-Person, Over the Phone, Online or Mail-In for dates through October 14. A non-refundable deposit of the first night's camping fee PLUS a separate $7.00(in person)$10(phone in/online) reservation fee PER SITE is required. (Reservations for an upcoming weekend cannot be made after Noon on the Thursday prior to weekend). When making a reservation, your deposit must be charged to your Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover Card at that time. Reservations by mail should include name, address, phone number, and date of reservation, preferred site number, and a deposit in the form of a check or money order. Reservations can be made in-person at the Comlara Park Visitor Center during operating hours. Online reservations can be made at www.sunrisereservations.com/COMLARA.
DEPOSIT SCHEDULE PER SITE
($7 In Person Resv. Fee----$10 Phone-In & Online Resv. Fee)
ELECTRIC/50 Amp. ELECTRIC/30 Amp. NON-ELECTRIC
$27.00-Site Fee* $24.00-Site Fee* $21.00-Site Fee*
+$7.00-Resv. Fee +$ 7.00-Resv Fee +$ 7.00-Resv Fee
$34.00/Site $31.00/Site $28.00/Site
*McLean County residents receive a $2.00 discount per night per site.
Evergreen Lake Bait Shop & Boat Rental - NOW OPEN 6-6 EVERY DAY!
The Evergreen Lake Bait Shop & Boat Rental will open for the season on Saturday, April 7, 2018.
The hours will be as follows: Bait Shop: 6 a.m.- 6 p.m. 7 days/week.
Boat Rental: 6 a.m.- 6 p.m. 7 days/week.
NOW OPEN 6:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M. EVERY DAY!
2018 Schedule of Events For COMLARA Park
DEC-FEB CROSS COUNTRY SKI TRAILS OPEN
AVAILABLE WHEN CONDITIONS PERMIT
APRIL…….…7 CAMPING RESERVATIONS ACCEPTED
IN PERSON & ONLINE RESV APRIL 7 (PHONE-IN & MAIL-IN ACCEPTED MONDAY
APRIL…….…7 BAIT SHOP OPENS
- 7 DAYS A WEEK
BOAT RENTAL OPEN WEEKENDS ONLY
(FRI.,SAT., & SUN.)
MAY…….…..5 MACKINAW RIVER CANOE TRIP
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED, IN-PERSON, ON-LINE, MAIL, PHONE IN
MAY……….26 SWIMMING BEACH OPENS – 7 DAYS/WEEK
BOAT RENTAL OPENS – 7 DAYS/WEEK
JUNE ……....2 TRI SHARK TRIATHLON
SWIM, BIKE, & RUN (www.tri-shark.org)
JUNE & JULY ARCHERY DEER HUNT APPS-AVAILABLE
JUNE……..…9 BEACH BLOWOUT/WACKY WATER OLYMPICS
JUNE……....16 PADDLING AT THE PARK
INTRO TO KAYAKING PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
JUNE...........16 McLEAN COUNTY WHEELERS - SPRING METRIC/100 KM RIDE
JUNE……....23 CENTRAL ILLINOIS OPEN WATER SWIM (CIOWS)
JULY & AUG. FIREARM DEER HUNT APPS- AVAILABLE
JULY……..….7 COMLARA PARK ICE CREAM SOCIAL
ICE CREAM, SOFT DRINKS, CHILDREN’S GAMES & MORE
JULY……....21 TAKE A KID FISHING TOURNEY
EVERGREEN LAKE PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
JULY…….…31 ARCHERY DEER HUNT APP. DEADLINE
AUGUST…...4 EVERGREEN LAKE 5K RUN-COMLARA PARK
AUGUST…...6 SWIMMING BEACH CLOSED WEEKDAYS
AUGUST….25 SHADY HOLLOW PAINFUL ELIMINATION RUN
AUGUST….31 FIREARM DEER HUNT APP. DEADLINE
SEPT……….3 LAST DAY SWIMMING BEACH OPEN
SEPT…….…3 BOAT RENTAL CLOSED WEEKDAYS
SEPT……...15 EVERGREEN LAKE ULTRA MARATHON
TRAIL RACE – COMLARA PARK/EVERGREEN LAKE
OCT. 1–NOV.11 DEER MANAGEMENT PROGRAM
ARCHERY COMLARA PARK – DESIGNATED AREAS CLOSED
OCT……......7 BOAT RENTAL CLOSED FOR SEASON
OCT……....13 LAST DAY BAIT SHOP OPEN
OCT……....13 FALL COLORS FAMILY
MARSHMALLOW & WIENER ROAST, HAYRACK RIDES, MUSIC,
CHILDREN’S GAMES, HAUNTED HAYRACK RIDES, CHILDREN’S
CANDY HUNT, & MORE
OCT……....14 LAST DAY – CAMPING RESERVATIONS
NOV…….….3 GPS/GEOCACHING CLASS
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED, IN-PERSON, ON-LINE, OR MAIL
NOV. 16 – 18 & DEER MANAGEMENT PROGRAM-SHOTGUN
NOV 29-DEC 2 COMLARA PARK – CLOSED TO GENERAL USE
DEC…… ...8 DA DEER RUN, RUN-8K X/C RACE-COMLARA PARK
PICNIC SHELTER & GROUP CAMP RESERVATIONS BY PHONE - STARTING TUESDAY, JAN. 2, 2018
STARTING TUESDAY, JANUARY 2, 2018
The McLean County Department of Parks and Recreation is accepting reservations for PICNIC SHELTERS and GROUP CAMPS by phone during Visitor Center Hours (8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.). Payment with Credit Card is required at the time the reservation is made. Visitor Center Phone Number is (309) 434-6770
Maple, Number McLean Non-
White Oak, of County County
& West Park People Residents Residents
1-25 $35.00 $40.00
OTHER SHELTERS (Osage, Prairie, & Spruce)
1 SHELTER 1-50 $45.00 $55.00
1 SHELTER 51-100 $65.00 $75.00
OTHER SHELTER(Sam Leman w/Elec./Water)
1 SHELTER 1-50 $75.00 $85.00
1 SHELTER 51-100 $95.00 $105.00
2 SHELTERS 101-300 $150.00 $175.00
2 SHELTERS +300 $175.00 $200.00
Group camping is available to NOT-FOR-PROFIT GROUPS. There are 2 group camp areas, one (MRA) is located in the main recreation area at COMLARA Park, and the other (WHITE OAK) area is located on White Oak Rd. near the White Oak Boat Launch. Both are tent only areas and are not electrified. Please, no vehicles allowed in areas. Camping is by reservation only. Cost is $1.00 per person per night, PLUS a $7.00 reservation fee with a minimum charge of $32.00.
PLEASE HELP US!!! Fence Posts & Fencing Donations Needed For Tree Seedling Project!
Now we are looking to phase 4 & 5 of our large tree planting project. If any of you would like to donate/get rid of any FENCE POSTS and/or FENCING, please let us know. Just about any kind of posts will do and fencing can be anything from chicken wire to chain link, and condition doesn't matter. We will use these after transplanting the tree seedlings to keep the tree cages upright and the critters from munching on them. We can pick up or you can drop off at the COMLARA County Park Visitor Center. You can call the Park Director at (309) 242-5806 or the Park Visitor Center at (309) 434-6770. We can't thank you all enough!
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13001 Recreation Area Dr.
Ph: (309) 434-6770
Visitor Center - SPRING HOURS
8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.: SUNDAY - THURSDAY
8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday & Saturday
The 2,250 acres of regional parks currently provided by the McLean County Department of Parks and Recreation include COMLARA County Park/Evergreen Lake and S.H. West County Park.
COMLARA County Park
COMLARA County Park includes the following locations:
Planning for the Future
- Deer Island Area
- Lake View Area
- Main Recreation Area
- Mallards Bay Conservation Area
- Six Mile Creek Area
- Southeast Conservation Area
- Southwest Conservation Area
- White Oak Area
Future McLean County regional recreation facilities being constructed include the Historic Route 66 Regional Trail and Greenway. The 32-mile Historic Route 66 Trail will link many rural communities and regional natural resources such as the ParkLands Foundation Lexington Preserve along the Mackinaw River and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Funks Grove Nature Preserve to the metropolitan area of Bloomington / Normal, Illinois. This trail provides interpretive opportunities along the Historic Route 66 corridor for central Illinois visitors. Sections of the trail linking Bloomington, Shirley and Funk's Grove to the south and Towanda to the north are complete. Additionally, Lexington and Chenoa have sections completed within those Communities, providing bicycle and pedestrian opportunities.
It is the mission of the McLean County Department of Parks and Recreation to ensure adequate provision for and high quality of regional parks and related outdoor recreational activities for all citizens of McLean County in the most cost-efficient manner possible.