Parks & Recreation
It is the mission of the McLean County Department of Parks and Recreation to ensure adequate provision for high-quality regional parks and related outdoor recreational activities for all citizens of McLean County in the most cost-efficient manner.
COMLARA Park Archery Range!
The COMLARA Park Archery Range will be closed Friday, June 18th and Saturday, June 19th for UPGRADES! Thank you for your patience and cooperation!
WE ARE VERY SORRY, BUT F.R. GLASENER BEACH WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE 2021 SUMMER SEASON
NOW ACCEPTING FIREARM DEER HUNT APPLICATIONS FOR FALL/WINTER 2021!
The McLean County Department of Parks & Recreation is, once again, offering the SHOTGUN Antlerless Deer Hunt at COMLARA Park for 2021. The Park's season is broken down into the first two Shotgun Season offered by the IDNR. If chosen, you will get one day to hunt and to try to harvest an antlerless deer. Please specify first or second season and what day you prefer to hunt. Any other date you can try to "roll-in" as a stand-by hunter. This Year's Dates are:
Season 1: November 19 - 21
Season 2: December 2 - 5
If you are successfully drawn you will receive a letter in the mail and there will be a orientation meetings every morning in the Park Maintenance Building that you will be required to attend. Drawing is usually conducted the first week of September. A Non-Refundable Application Fee of $5.00 must accompany the application. YOU CAN APPLY IN-PERSON AT THE PARK VISITOR CENTER OR BY CLICKING THE REGISTRATION ICON TO THE LEFT. If there are any questions, please feel free to call the park at (309) 434-6770.
NOW ACCEPTING ARCHERY DEER HUNT APPLICATIONS FOR FALL 2021!
The McLean County Department of Parks & Recreation is, once again, offering the ARCHERY Antlerless Deer Hunt at COMLARA Park for 2020. The Park's season is broken down into Six (6) one-week blocks. Successfully drawn hunters will have 7 days (1 Week) to hunt and to try to harvest an antlerless deer. this Year's Dates are: Week 1: October 1 - 7 Week 2: October 8 - 14 Week 3: October 15 - 21 Week 4: October 22 - 28 Week 5: Oct. 29 - Nov. 4 Week 6: November 5-11 If you are successfully drawn you will receive a letter in the mail and there will be a orientation meeting that you will be required to attend. Drawing is usually conducted the first week of August. A Non-Refundable Application Fee of $5.00 must accompany the application. If there are any questions, please feel free to call the park at (309) 434-6770.
You can pick up an application at the COMLARA Park Visitor Center or on-line at: https://parksandrec.mcleancountyil.gov/eventdetail.aspx?EID=78
CAMPING RESERVATIONS - NOW BEING ACCEPTED!
PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING CAREFULLY!
On-Line Reservations start at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, April 3, 2021. If you don't already have an account set up, please go to www.camplife.com/COMLARA
In-Person Reservations start at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 3, 2021 at the COMLARA Park Visitor Center.
Phone-In & Mail-In start at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, April 5, 2021
Reservation Deposits require the first night's camping fee, PLUS the Reservation Fee PER SITE! For Deposit Schedule please see the Camping Section under Outdoor Recreation at the icons to the left.
Reservations can be made for dates April 4, 2021 through October 17, 2021.
Boat Rental & Bait Shop - NOW OPEN
6:00 A.M. TO 6:00 P.M. EVERYDAY!
The Evergreen Lake Boat Rental & Bait Shop is now on it's Summer Hours .
Boat Rental & Bait Shop - Open EVERYDAY from 6:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
NOTE - THE PONTOON WILL STILL BE AVAILABLE TO RESERVE/RENT 6:00 A.M. TO 6:00 P.M. EVERY DAY.
The Bait Shop offers minnows, night crawlers, red worms, wax worms, leeches, cheese baits, and cut baits. Limited tackle and ice available, too! NOTE - During the weekdays staff is not present, FOR ASSISTANCE CALL THE PARK VISITOR CENTER AT (309) 434-6770. Thank you!
EFFECTIVE APRIL 1, 2021!
NEW CRAPPIE REGULATION AT EVERGREEN LAKE
Starting April 1, 2021, Evergreen Lake will have a New Crappie Regulation. The New Regulation will state:
CRAPPIE - White, Black, or Hybrid - 15 Fish Daily Harvest Limit with no more than 5 fish greater or equal to 10 inches
2021 Evergreen Lake Watercraft Decals ARE HERE!!!!
The 2021 Evergreen Lake Watercraft Decals are NOW AVAILABLE! If you’d like to get your Boat Permit for Evergreen Lake, you can do it a couple of ways. Register online OR In-person at the Park Visitor Center during operating hours. Operating hours are currently 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Please remember if you put something on Evergreen Lake and it floats, you must have a Lake Registration Decal. This includes all boats, canoes, kayaks, sailboats, sailboards, paddleboards, etc. Fees remain the same for 2021. An Annual Registration for NON-COUNTY Residents is $48.00 and for McLean County Residents it is $38.00. Thank you!
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!