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McLean County:
115 E. Washington St.
Bloomington, IL 61701
Parks & Recreation
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PARK CLOSED - Firearm Portion Of The Antlerless Deer Management Program: Nov. 17-19 & Nov. 30-Dec.3
COMLARA Park/Evergreen Lake WILL BE CLOSED to general use during the Firearm Portion Of The Antlerless Deer Management Program: Nov. 17-19 & Nov. 30-Dec. 3, 2017.  ALL of the Park and Lake will be closed with the exception of the front section of the Campground for camping and Campground Cove & The Pumphouse for shoreline fishermen.  Thank you for your cooperation.



COMLARA Park Camping - WATER SHUT OFF/SHOWERHOUSE CLOSED
ALL CAMPSITES ARE NOW ON A FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED BASIS.  We are not accepting reservations until April of 2018.

THE WATER IN THE CAMPGROUND HAS NOW BEEN SHUT OFF, AND THE SHOWERHOUSE IS CLOSED FOR THE SEASON.



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!



Da Deer Run, Run 8K XC Trail Race! Saturday, December 9, 2017
LOCATION: EVERGREEN LAKE / COMLARA COUNTY PARK
DATE: SAT.  DECEMBER 9, 2017  TIME:    11:00 AM   DISTANCE:8K Race
ABOUT THE RACE: “THE DEER RUN RUN” IS HELD AT COMLARA COUNTY PARK. THE EURO-STYLE CROSS COUNTRY RUN WILL TAKE YOU ON SCENIC TRAILS, THROUGH STREAMS, UP AND DOWN HILLS, AND OVER BARRIERS WHILE ALLOWING YOU TO SEE NATURE AND WILDLIFE UP CLOSE.                                                 
EARLY REGISTRATION: NOW UNTIL NOVEMBER 30, 2017   FEE:   $25.00
LATE REGISTRATION: FROM December 1st till RACE DAY 9AM until 10:30 AM FEE:  $30  
WARM LONG-SLEEVE T-SHIRT to First 100 to Register
To Register:  On-Line to the upper left of this page under Events/Activities Registration, In-Person at the COMLARA Park Visitor Center, or by Mail.

EVERGREEN LAKE BAIT SHOP & BOAT RENTAL
The Evergreen Lake Bait Shop & Boat Rental are now CLOSED FOR THE SEASON.








2017 Schedule of Events For COMLARA Park

 2017 CALENDAR OF EVENTS
McLEAN COUNTY PARKS

DEC-FEB CROSS COUNTRY SKI TRAILS OPEN

APRIL………1 CAMPING RESERVATIONS ACCEPTED
IN PERSON & ONLINE RESV APRIL 1 (PHONE-IN & MAIL-IN ACCEPTED MONDAY APRIL 3)
APRIL………1 BOAT RENTAL/BAIT SHOP OPENS – WEEKENDS ONLY
APRIL ……...8 GPS/GEOCACHING CLASS
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED, IN-PERSON, ON-LINE, OR MAIL
MAY………..6 MACKINAW RIVER CANOE TRIP
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED, IN-PERSON, ON-LINE, MAIL, PHONE IN
MAY……….13 PADDLING AT THE PARK-INTRO TO KAYAKING
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED, IN-PERSON, ON-LINE, PHONE-IN, MAIL
MAY………27 SWIMMING BEACH OPENS – 7 DAYS/WEEK
BOAT RENTAL OPENS – 7 DAYS/WEEK
JUNE ……...3 TRI SHARK TRIATHLON SWIM, BIKE, & RUN (www.tri-shark.org)
JUNE & JULY ARCHERY DEER HUNT APPS.- AVAILABLE
JUNE……..10
BEACH BLOWOUT/WACKY WATER OLYMPICS
 June........10 SPRING METRIC BICYCLE RIDE-McLean County Wheelers
JUNE……..17 PADDLING AT THE PARK-INTRO TO KAYAKING
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED, IN-PERSON, ON-LINE, PHONE-IN, MAIL
JUNE……..24 CENTRAL ILLINOIS OPEN WATER SWIM (CIOWS)
JULY & AUG. FIREARM DEER HUNT APPS. - AVAILABLE
JULY……….8 COMLARA PARK ICE CREAM SOCIAL
ICE CREAM, SOFT DRINKS, CHILDREN’S GAMES & MORE
JULY……..22 TAKE A KID FISHING TOURNEY-EVERGREEN LAKE
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED IN-PERSON, ON-LINE, MAIL, PHONE –IN
JULY……..23 MUD, SWEAT & GEARS – COMLARA PARK
OFF-ROAD MOUNTAIN BIKE RACE 
  JULY………31 ARCHERY DEER HUNT APP. DEADLINE
AUGUST….5 EVERGREEN LAKE 5K RUN-COMLARA PARK
AUGUST…..7 SWIMMING BEACH CLOSED WEEKDAYS
AUGUST…26 SHADY HOLLOW PAINFUL ELIMINATION RUN
AUGUST…31 FIREARM DEER HUNT APP. DEADLINE
SEPT………4 LAST DAY SWIMMING BEACH OPEN
SEPT………4 BOAT RENTAL CLOSED WEEKDAYS
SEPT………9 EVERGREEN LAKE ULTRA MARATHON
TRAIL RACE – COMLARA PARK/EVERGREEN LAKE
OCT. 1–NOV.11 DEER MANAGEMENT PROGRAM-ARCHERY
COMLARA PARK – DESIGNATED AREAS CLOSED
OCT……....8 BOAT RENTAL CLOSED FOR SEASON
OCT……...14 LAST DAY BAIT SHOP OPEN
OCT……...14 FALL COLORS FAMILY
MARSHMALLOW & WIENER ROAST, HAYRACK RIDES, MUSIC,
CHILDREN’S GAMES, HAUNTED HAYRACK RIDES, CHILDREN’S
CANDY HUNT, & MORE
OCT……...15 LAST DAY – CAMPING RESERVATIONS
NOV……….4 GPS/GEOCACHING CLASS
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED, IN-PERSON, ON-LINE, OR MAIL
NOV. 17 – 19 & DEER MANAGEMENT PROGRAM-SHOTGUN
NOV 30-DEC 3 COMLARA PARK – CLOSED TO GENERAL USE
DEC………...9 DA DEER RUN, RUN-8K X/C RACE-COMLARA PARK


PICNIC SHELTER & GROUP CAMP RESERVATIONS BY PHONE
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.

PICNIC SHELTERS
 

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
 

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 areasCamping 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.   


 


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Regional Parks
Contact





13001 Recreation Area Dr.
Hudson, IL  61748

Ph: (309) 434-6770
Fx: (309) 726-2025

Visitor Center - FALL/WINTER HOURS
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.: Monday - Friday
CLOSED WEEKENDS

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:

  • 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

Planning for the Future
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.

Our Mission
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.

Park Staff
Mike Steffa-Parks & Recreation Director:
Brad Wood-Operations Supervisor:
Brian Thomas-Maintenance Supervisor:
Alex Hesser-Maintenance Worker I: