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.

NOW TAKING APPLICATIONS 

               FOR SUMMER POSITIONS                  AT COMLARA PARK/EVERGREEN LAKE

The McLean County Parks Department is now taking applications for the summer positions of Park Laborer, Weekend Boat Concession Attendant, and Park Attendant (Rec. Asst.).   We are still waiting to see if the State of Illinois is going to lift Covid restrictions so we can open Glasener Beach.  If it opens, we will also be taking Beach Lifeguard applications.  To apply, please see the link below.  THANK YOU!

https://il-mcleancounty.civicplushrms.com/careers/Jobs.aspx


FIRST DAY OF CAMPING RESERVATIONS  

              SATURDAY, APRIL 3, 2021! 

The COMLARA Camping Season is fast approaching!  The Parks Department will begin accepting Camping Reservations starting Saturday, April 3, 2021.  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.  

HAPPY CAMPING!

 

Boat Rental & Bait Shop Hours-OPENS SATURDAY, APRIL 3RD!

The Evergreen Lake Boat Rental & Bait Shop will start it's Spring/Early Summer Hours beginning Saturday, April 3, 2021.  The hours will be as follows:

Boat Rental - Open Saturdays, & Sundays from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  The Boat Rental will be closed Monday through Friday.

NOTE - THE PONTOON WILL STILL BE AVAILABLE TO RESERVE/RENT 8:00 A.M. TO 4:00 P.M. EVERY DAY.

Bait Shop - Open 7 days per week from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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!

ICE FISHING IS AT YOUR OWN RISK AT EVERGREEN LAKE!

When is ice safe?

There really is no sure answer. You can't judge the strength of ice just by its appearance, age, thickness, temperature, or whether or not the ice is covered with snow. Strength is based on all these factors -- plus the depth of water under the ice, size of the water body, water chemistry and currents, the distribution of the load on the ice, and local climatic conditions.  PLEASE USE EXTREME CAUTION!!

Did you know?

New ice is usually stronger than old ice. Four inches of clear, newly-formed ice may support one person on foot, while a foot or more of old, partially-thawed ice may not.

Ice seldom freezes uniformly. It may be a foot thick in one location and only an inch or two just a few feet away.

Ice formed over flowing water and currents is often dangerous. This is especially true near streams, bridges and culverts. Also, the ice on outside river bends is usually weaker due to the undermining effects of the faster current.

The insulating effect of snow slows down the freezing process. The extra weight also reduces how much weight the ice sheet can support. Also, ice near shore can be weaker than ice that is farther out.

Booming and cracking ice isn't necessarily dangerous. It only means that the ice is expanding and contracting as the temperature changes.

Schools of fish or flocks of waterfowl can also adversely affect the relative safety of ice. The movement of fish can bring warm water up from the bottom of the lake. In the past, this has opened holes in the ice causing snowmobiles and cars to break through.

                                 PLEASE USE EXTREME CAUTION!!

BOAT RENTAL & BAIT SHOP* NOW CLOSED FOR THE SEASON

* - The Evergreen Lake Bait Shop is now closed for the season.  Thank you for your patronage!  See you in the Spring!

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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