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McLean County:
115 E. Washington St.
Bloomington, IL 61701
Parks & Recreation
Still Room For This Saturday's Mackinaw River Canoe Trip! - Saturday, May 7

CANOE THE MACK!
Sponsored by the McLean County Department of Parks and Recreation 
Saturday, May 7, 2016 
(Weather & water level permitting) 
8:30 A.M.-4:00 P.M. (estimate) 

Meet at COMLARA Park Visitors Center 

Fee:  $30.00 per Person 

 (Fee includes canoe, paddles, lifejacket, and transportation)
Open to all ages.  Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. 

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED 
-          Trip Limited to First 20 People
-          Register by calling the Park Visitor Center @ (309) 434-6770
-          Bring a Lunch & Water/Soft Drink 

Join us and enjoy the beautiful wildlife and scenery while canoeing down the Mackinaw River.
FMI the McLean County Parks and Rec. Department at: (309) 434-6770


Now Accepting Camping Reservations at COMLARA Park!
You can reserve campsites at COMLARA Park by:

On-Line Reservations at: www.sunrisereservations.com/COMLARA

Walk-In Reservations at the Park Visitor Center: 
Monday - Friday from 8:00 - 6:00
Weekends from 8:00 - 4:00  

By Calling the Park Visitor Center:
Monday - Friday from 8:00 - 6:00
Weekends - from 8:00 - 4:00

Thank you!

EVERGREEN LAKE BAIT SHOP & BOAT RENTAL NOW OPEN
EVERGREEN LAKE BAIT SHOP & BOAT RENTAL NOW OPEN

BAIT SHOP HOURS: MONDAY-THURSDAY FROM 8-4 AND FRIDAY-SUNDAY FROM 6-4
BOAT RENTAL HOURS: FRIDAY-SUNDAY FROM 6-4

EXPANDED HOURS BEGINNING MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND!
QUESTIONS? CALL THE COMLARA PARK VISITOR CENTER AT (309) 434-6770.


Now Accepting Applications For Summer Employment
The McLean County Dept. of Parks & Recreation at Evergreen Lake/COMLARA Park is now accepting applications for the summer seasonal positions of Lifeguards, Recreation Assistants, and Maintenance Laborers. Lifeguards will be certified under the American Red Cross. For more information call (309) 434-6770.

For an application click here: 
https://il-mcleancounty.civicplus.com/DocumentCenter/Home/View/259

Please return application to: McLean County Dept. of Parks & Rec.
                                          13000 Recreation Area Dr.
                                          Hudson, IL 61748

Or bring in to the COMLARA Park Visitor Center during current operating hours, Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

NEW LARGEMOUTH & SMALLMOUTH BASS REGULATION - STARTING APRIL1, 2016
Starting April 1, 2016 Evergreen Lake will have a NEW bass regulation!  This new regulation will pertain to Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass.  The minimum length will remain the same at 15", but the daily creel limit will be changed from six (6) to three (3).

Thank you.

2016 Evergreen Lake Watercraft Stickers ARE HERE!
The 2016 Evergreen Lake Watercraft stickers are here!  You can purchase the stickers in-person at the Park Visitor Center (Hours M-F from 8-6 & 8-4 Weekends).  

Sorry, on-line capabilities are not working presently.  We hope to have this issue solved soon.

Thank you!

Join Us On The Park's Facebook Page!

2016 CALENDAR OF EVENTS

2016 CALENDAR OF EVENTS
McLEAN COUNTY PARKS


 ** PLEASE NOTE THERE HAS BEEN A CORRECTION TO THE DATES FOR THE MACKINAW RIVER CANOE TRIP AND THE PADDLING AT THE PARKS EVENTS**

APRIL………2 CAMPING RESERVATIONS ACCEPTED
IN PERSON & ONLINE RESV APRIL 2 (PHONE-IN & MAIL-IN ACCEPTED MONDAY APRIL 4)
APRIL………2 BOAT RENTAL/BAIT SHOP OPENS – WEEKENDS ONLY
APRIL ……...9 GPS/GEOCACHING CLASS
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED, IN-PERSON, ON-LINE, OR MAIL
MAY………...7 MACKINAW RIVER CANOE TRIP
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED, IN-PERSON, ON-LINE, MAIL/PHONE IN
MAY……….14 PADDLING AT THE PARK-INTRO TO KAYAKING
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED, IN-PERSON, ON-LINE, PHONE/MAIL IN 
MAY………28 SWIMMING BEACH OPENS – 7 DAYS/WEEK
BOAT RENTAL OPENS – 7 DAYS/WEEK
JUNE ……...4 TRI SHARK TRIATHLON SWIM, BIKE, & RUN (www.tri-shark.org)
JUNE & JULY ARCHERY DEER HUNT APPS.- AVAILABLE
JUNE……..11 BEACH BLOWOUT/WACKY WATER OLYMPICS
JUNE……..18 PADDLING AT THE PARK-INTRO TO KAYAKING
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED, IN-PERSON, ON-LINE, PHONE-IN, MAIL
JUNE……..25 CENTRAL ILLINOIS OPEN WATER SWIM (CIOWS)
JULY & AUG. FIREARM DEER HUNT APPS. - AVAILABLE
JULY……….9 COMLARA PARK ICE CREAM SOCIAL
ICE CREAM, SOFT DRINKS, CHILDREN’S GAMES, & MORE
JULY……..16 FISHERMANS 7K TRAIL RUN –COMLARA PARK
JULY……..23 TAKE A KID FISHING TOURNEY-EVERGREEN LAKE
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED IN-PERSON, ON-LINE, MAIL, PHONE -IN
JULY………31 ARCHERY DEER HUNT APP. DEADLINE
AUGUST….6 EVERGREEN LAKE 5K RUN-COMLARA PARK
AUGUST…..8 SWIMMING BEACH CLOSED WEEKDAYS
AUGUST…27 SHADY HOLLOW PAINFUL ELIMINATION RUN
AUGUST…31 FIREARM DEER HUNT APP. DEADLINE
SEPT………4 MUD, SWEAT & GEARS – COMLARA PARK
OFF-ROAD MOUNTAIN BIKE RACE
SEPT………5 LAST DAY SWIMMING BEACH OPEN
SEPT………5 BOAT RENTAL CLOSED WEEKDAYS
SEPT……..10 EVERGREEN LAKE ULTRA MARATHON
TRAIL RACE – COMLARA PARK/EVERGREEN LAKE
OCT. 1–NOV.11 DEER MANAGEMENT PROGRAM-ARCHERY
COMLARA PARK – DESIGNATED AREAS CLOSED
OCT……....2 BOAT RENTAL CLOSED FOR SEASON
OCT……...15 LAST DAY BAIT SHOP OPEN
OCT……...15 FALL COLORS FAMILY & CONSERVATION DAY
MARSHMALLOW & WIENER ROAST, HAYRACK RIDES, MUSIC,
CHILDREN’S GAMES, HAUNTED HAYRACK RIDES, CHILDREN’S
CANDY HUNT,CONSERVATION EXIBITS,BB GUNS,ARCHERY & MORE
OCT……...16 LAST DAY – CAMPING RESERVATIONS
NOV……….5 GPS/GEOCACHING CLASS
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED, IN-PERSON, ON-LINE, OR MAIL
NOV. 18 – 20 DEER MANAGEMENT PROGRAM-SHOTGUN
& DEC 1 – 4 COMLARA PARK – CLOSED TO GENERAL USE
DEC……...10 DA DEER RUN, RUN-8K X/C RACE-COMLARA PARK 
 


 


Regional Parks
Contact





13001 Recreation Area Dr.
Hudson, IL  61748

Ph: (309) 434-6770
Fx: (309) 726-2025

Spring Visitor Center Hours
8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. - Monday thru Friday
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. - Saturdays & Sundays

The 2,250 acres of regional parks currently provided by the McLean County Department of Parks and Recreation include COMLARA County Park/Evergreen Lake and S.H. West County Park.

COMLARA County Park
COMLARA County Park includes the following locations:

  • Deer Island Area
  • Lake View Area
  • Main Recreation Area
  • Mallards Bay Conservation Area
  • Six Mile Creek Area
  • Southeast Conservation Area
  • Southwest Conservation Area
  • White Oak Area

Planning for the Future
Future McLean County regional recreation facilities being planned include the Historic Route 66 Regional Trail and Greenway. The 32-mile Historic Route 66 Trail would link many rural communities and regional natural resources such as the ParkLands Foundation Lexington Preserve along the Mackinaw River and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Funks Grove Nature Preserve to the metropolitan area of Bloomington / Normal, Illinois. This trail would also provide interpretive opportunities along the Historic Route 66 corridor for central Illinois visitors.

Our Mission
It is the mission of the McLean County Department of Parks and Recreation to ensure adequate provision for and high quality of regional parks and related outdoor recreational activities for all citizens of McLean County in the most cost-efficient manner possible.

Park Staff
Mike Steffa - Park Director  E-Mail:
Brad Wood - Operations Supervisor  E-Mail:
Brian Thomas-Maintenance Supervisor E-Mail:
Alex Hesser - Maintenance Worker I  E-Mail: