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McLean County:
115 E. Washington St.
Bloomington, IL 61701
Parks & Recreation
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DA DEER RUN, RUN 8K XC TRAIL RACE!
LOCATION: COMLARA COUNTY PARK/ EVERGREEN LAKE CONTACT:     QUESTIONS?  CALL McLean COUNTY PARKS (309)-434-6770
DATE: SAT.  DECEMBER 10, 2016  
TIME:    11:00 AM   
DISTANCE:  8K Race 

AGE GROUPS MALE & FEMALE:  14 AND UNDER, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-60, 60+

EARLY REGISTRATION:
NOW UNTIL DECEMBER 2, 2016   FEE:   $25.00
On-Line registration DOWN!  To Pre-Register please call the Park Visitor Center at (309) 434-6770.  THANK YOU!

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.
AWARDS FOR OVERALL MALE & FEMALE AND 1ST & 2ND IN EACH CATEGORY
SNACKS, DOOR PRIZES, AND A SOCIAL AFTERWARDS
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.


WATER/SHOWERHOUSE IS NOW SHUT OFF IN CAMPGROUND.
The water, including the Showerhouse is now shut off in the COMLARA County Park Campground.  The back sections of the Campground will be closed by this weekend (Sat. November 12th). The front section (Sites 1-33) remains open year around.

In addition, the Park's Department is no longer accepting camping reservations for the COMLARA Park Campground.  All campsites are on a first-come, first-served basis. 


Fencing Donations Needed For Tree Seedling Project!
We were the ones who were looking for 1/2 gallon milk jugs for a tree seedling project at COMLARA County Park. Thank you to all who gave!!! I'm still taking them by the way. To date nearly 1400 seeds have been planted!
Now we are looking to phase 4 of our large tree planting project. If any of you would like to donate/get rid of any fencing, please let me know. It can be anything from chicken wire to chain link, and condition doesn't matter. We will use this after transplanting the tree seedlings to keep the critters from munching on them. I can pick up or you can drop off at my house in Lexington or at the COMLARA County Park Visitor Center. Can't thank you all enough!


NEW LARGEMOUTH & SMALLMOUTH BASS REGULATION - STARTING APRIL1, 2016
Starting April 1, 2016 Evergreen Lake will have a NEW bass regulation!  This new regulation will pertain to Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass.  The minimum length will remain the same at 15", but the daily creel limit will be changed from six (6) to three (3).

Thank you.

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2016 CALENDAR OF EVENTS

2016 CALENDAR OF EVENTS
McLEAN COUNTY PARKS


 ** PLEASE NOTE THERE HAS BEEN A CORRECTION TO THE DATES FOR THE MACKINAW RIVER CANOE TRIP AND THE PADDLING AT THE PARKS EVENTS**

APRIL………2 CAMPING RESERVATIONS ACCEPTED
IN PERSON & ONLINE RESV APRIL 2 (PHONE-IN & MAIL-IN ACCEPTED MONDAY APRIL 4)
APRIL………2 BOAT RENTAL/BAIT SHOP OPENS – WEEKENDS ONLY
APRIL ……...9 GPS/GEOCACHING CLASS
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED, IN-PERSON, ON-LINE, OR MAIL
MAY………...7 MACKINAW RIVER CANOE TRIP
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED, IN-PERSON, ON-LINE, MAIL/PHONE IN
MAY……….14 PADDLING AT THE PARK-INTRO TO KAYAKING
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED, IN-PERSON, ON-LINE, PHONE/MAIL IN 
MAY………28 SWIMMING BEACH OPENS – 7 DAYS/WEEK
BOAT RENTAL OPENS – 7 DAYS/WEEK
JUNE ……...4 TRI SHARK TRIATHLON SWIM, BIKE, & RUN (www.tri-shark.org)
JUNE & JULY ARCHERY DEER HUNT APPS.- AVAILABLE
JUNE……..11 BEACH BLOWOUT/WACKY WATER OLYMPICS
JUNE……..18 PADDLING AT THE PARK-INTRO TO KAYAKING
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED, IN-PERSON, ON-LINE, PHONE-IN, MAIL
JUNE……..25 CENTRAL ILLINOIS OPEN WATER SWIM (CIOWS)
JULY & AUG. FIREARM DEER HUNT APPS. - AVAILABLE
JULY……….9 COMLARA PARK ICE CREAM SOCIAL
ICE CREAM, SOFT DRINKS, CHILDREN’S GAMES, & MORE
JULY……..16 FISHERMANS 7K TRAIL RUN –COMLARA PARK
JULY……..23 TAKE A KID FISHING TOURNEY-EVERGREEN LAKE
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED IN-PERSON, ON-LINE, MAIL, PHONE -IN
JULY………31 ARCHERY DEER HUNT APP. DEADLINE
AUGUST….6 EVERGREEN LAKE 5K RUN-COMLARA PARK
AUGUST…..8 SWIMMING BEACH CLOSED WEEKDAYS
AUGUST…27 SHADY HOLLOW PAINFUL ELIMINATION RUN
AUGUST…31 FIREARM DEER HUNT APP. DEADLINE
SEPT………4 MUD, SWEAT & GEARS – COMLARA PARK
OFF-ROAD MOUNTAIN BIKE RACE
SEPT………5 LAST DAY SWIMMING BEACH OPEN
SEPT………5 BOAT RENTAL CLOSED WEEKDAYS
SEPT……..10 EVERGREEN LAKE ULTRA MARATHON
TRAIL RACE – COMLARA PARK/EVERGREEN LAKE
OCT. 1–NOV.11 DEER MANAGEMENT PROGRAM-ARCHERY
COMLARA PARK – DESIGNATED AREAS CLOSED
OCT……....2 BOAT RENTAL CLOSED FOR SEASON
OCT……...15 LAST DAY BAIT SHOP OPEN
OCT……...15 FALL COLORS FAMILY & CONSERVATION DAY
MARSHMALLOW & WIENER ROAST, HAYRACK RIDES, MUSIC,
CHILDREN’S GAMES, HAUNTED HAYRACK RIDES, CHILDREN’S
CANDY HUNT,CONSERVATION EXIBITS,BB GUNS,ARCHERY & MORE
OCT……...16 LAST DAY – CAMPING RESERVATIONS
NOV……….5 GPS/GEOCACHING CLASS
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED, IN-PERSON, ON-LINE, OR MAIL
NOV. 18 – 20 DEER MANAGEMENT PROGRAM-SHOTGUN
& DEC 1 – 4 COMLARA PARK – CLOSED TO GENERAL USE
DEC……...10 DA DEER RUN, RUN-8K X/C RACE-COMLARA PARK 
 


 


Regional Parks
Contact





13001 Recreation Area Dr.
Hudson, IL  61748

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

FALL/WINTER Visitor Center 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 
E-Mail:
Brad Wood - Operations Supervisor  E-Mail:
Brian Thomas-Maintenance Supervisor E-Mail:
Alex Hesser - Maintenance Worker I  E-Mail: