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.

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NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR PARK MAINTENANCE SUPERVISOR!

The McLean County-Parks Department is now accepting applications for the Maintenance Supervisor position!  For more information and to apply for this position please go to: https://il-mcleancounty.civicplushrms.com/careers/Jobs.aspx

 Thank you!

 

CAMPING RESERVATIONS - NOW BEING ACCEPTED!

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!

 

                 2021 CALENDAR OF EVENTS

                    McLEAN COUNTY PARKS

 

 

                                                 DEC-FEB                 CROSS COUNTRY SKI TRAILS OPEN
                                                                           
AVAILABLE WHEN CONDITIONS PERMIT

                                                                            APRIL…….…3         CAMPING RESERVATIONS ACCEPTED

              IN PERSON & ONLINE RESV APRIL 3 (PHONE-IN & MAIL-IN ACCEPTED MONDAY 

              APRIL 5)

                                                APRIL…….…3          BOAT RENTAL/BAIT SHOP OPENS 

          WEEKEND ONLY

                                                         MAY……….29          SWIMMING BEACH OPENS – 7 DAYS/WEEK

                                                                                       BOAT RENTAL OPENS – 7 DAYS/WEEK 

                                                JUNE ……....5          TRI SHARK TRIATHLON 

          SWIM, BIKE, & RUN (www.tri-shark.org)

JUNE & JULY             ARCHERY DEER HUNT APPS-AVAILABLE 

                                               JUNE……..  12          BEACH BLOWOUT/WACKY WATER OLYMPICS

                                        JULY & AUG.             FIREARM DEER HUNT APPS- AVAILABLE

                                               JULY……..…10         COMLARA PARK ICE CREAM SOCIAL

                                                                                                                                           ICE CREAM, SOFT DRINKS, CHILDREN’S GAMES & MORE

                                        JULY…..14-18           EVERGREEN LAKE KNAP-IN

                                                                                                                                           ARROWHEAD AND SPEAR POINT CRAFTING DEMONSTRATION + ADDITIONAL VENDORS 

JULY……....17           TAKE A KID FISHING TOURNEY

                                   EVERGREEN LAKE PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED, IN-PERSON, ON-LINE, MAIL

                                                                          JULY…….…31          ARCHERY DEER HUNT APP. DEADLINE

AUGUST……7          SWIMMING BEACH CLOSED WEEKDAYS                 

AUGUST….31           FIREARM DEER HUNT APP. DEADLINE

                                               SEPT……….6           LAST DAY SWIMMING BEACH OPEN

                                               SEPT…….…6           BOAT RENTAL CLOSED WEEKDAYS   

                                               OCT. 1–NOV.11         DEER MANAGEMENT PROGRAM

                                                                                                                                          ARCHERY COMLARA PARK – DESIGNATED AREAS CLOSED

                                        OCT……....10           BOAT RENTAL CLOSED FOR SEASON                                          

                                               OCT……....10           LAST DAY BAIT SHOP OPEN

                                               OCT……....16           FALL COLORS FAMILY 

                                                                                                                                         MARSHMALLOW & WIENER ROAST, HAYRACK RIDES, MUSIC,

                                                                                                                        CHILDREN’S GAMES, HAUNTED HAYRACK RIDES, CHILDREN’S

                                                                                                                        CANDY HUNT, & MORE

                                                OCT……....18          LAST DAY – CAMPING RESERVATIONS

                                                

                NOV. 19 – 21 &       DEER MANAGEMENT PROGRAM-SHOTGUN

                                               DEC 1-5                   COMLARA PARK – CLOSED TO GENERAL USE

 

Boat Rental & Bait Shop - NOW OPEN!

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!

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


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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