Parks & Recreation

Our Mission

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.

ALL CAMPSITES ARE NOW ON A FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED BASIS!

WE ARE NO LONGER TAKING RESERVATIONS FOR THE CAMPGROUND UNTIL THE FIRST SATURDAY IN APRIL 2022.

The second and third sections of the Campground, the Water, and the Campground Shower House will be closed up/shut down generally around November 1st, 2021 dependent on the weather.

Boat Rental (CLOSED) & Bait Shop - FALL HOURS

Bait Shop - 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. Monday - Friday Until Supplies Last.  Phone Ahead!  (309) 434-6770.

Boat Rental - CLOSED FOR SEASON

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!

DEER MANAGEMENT PROGRAM IN PROGRESS!  AREAS MARKED WITH ORANGE SIGNAGE AND FLAGGING.

ARCHERY PORTION- October 1 through November 11, 2021.  Certain Sections of COMLARA Park CLOSED to General Use.


FIREARM (SHOTGUN) PORTION - November 19-21, 2021 AND December 2-5, 2021.  ALL OF COMLARA PARK AND EVERGREEN LAKE ARE CLOSED TO GENERAL USE! 

Exceptions to this are the front section of the Campground will be open.  The Pumphouse and Campground Cove will be open for fishing.


2021 Calendar of Events   Click Here


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!

Adopt-A-Tree Program

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! 

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