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.

Click here to view the 2024 Calendar of Events for COMLARA Park

Announcements

Bait Shop Does Not Open Until April 6, 2024

The Parks Department Staff have been fielding calls about whether or not the Bait Shop at Evergreen Lake is open.  We are sorry, but the Bait Shop does not open until Saturday, April 6, 2024. There are still nightcrawlers available at the Park Visitor Center during operating hours.  Hours are Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., and closed weekends.

Seasonal Watercraft Mooring on Evergreen Lake - Now Taking Applications

Pontoons, Boats, Canoes & Kayaks!

Dock Mooring for Pontoons/Boats
$450.00 for NON-McLean County Residents & $350.00 for McLean County Residents

Mooring for Canoes/Kayaks
$75.00 for NON-McLean County Residents & $55.00 for McLean County Residents

Summer Help Wanted, Apply Today!

The McLean County Department of Parks & Recreation is now taking applications for the 2024 SUMMER SEASON!!  We are looking for LIFEGUARDS (Beach Manager & Assistant Manager also), Park Attendants, Boat Rental/Bait Shop Attendants. and Park Maintenance.  If interested, please apply at: https://www.mcleancountyil.gov/337/Employment-Internship-Opportunities

Any questions?  Feel free to call us at (309) 434-6770

2024 Evergreen Lake Watercraft Decals Are In!

2024 Evergreen Lake Watercraft Decals can now be purchased on-line at: https://parksandrec.mcleancountyil.gov/eventdetail.aspx?EID=77  OR in-person/phone-in at the COMLARA Park Visitor Center during operating hours, Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Picnic Shelter and Group Campsite Reservations

The Parks Department is now accepting reservations for Picnic Shelters and the two Group Campsites (MRA and White Oak). Business hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.  If you'd like more information, please call us at (309) 434-6770.

For the Main Campground/Individual Campsites, reservations can be made starting Saturday, April 6, 2024.  For making reservations On-Line: Reservations can be made starting at 12:01 a.m. at www.camplife.com/comlara, & For making reservations In-Person: Reservations can be made at the COMLARA Park Visitor Center starting at 8:00 a.m.  Phone-In reservations will be accepted starting Monday, April 8, 2024 beginning at 8:00 a.m. by calling (309) 434-6770.

Winter/Early Spring Campsite Registration

Please register for campsites during Park Visitor Center hours, Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. OR use the Self-Registration Dropbox, located at the start of the Campground next to the Campground Station building, after hours or on weekends.

Only the front section of the COMLARA Park Campground, sites 1-33, remain open for the Winter/Early Spring Season.  There are both 30-Amp and 50-Amp sites available. ALL water is shut down for the season, including the Dumpstation. 

IMPORTANT DATE!  On-Line & In-Person Reservations can be made for the 2024 year starting April 6, 2024

Bait Available at Park Visitor Center

We still have Nightcrawlers at the Park Visitor Center while they last.  Park Visitor Center hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.  We are closed on weekends.  Thank you!

10 Horsepower Limit

The horsepower limit on Evergreen Lake remains 10hp or less.  You can use a larger motor to load and unload from your trailer.  Motors greater than 10hp MUST be propped out of the water once you are away from the launch docks. YOU CANNOT IDLE A LARGER MOTOR AT NO-WAKE SPEED ON EVERGREEN LAKE. Thank you.