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McLean County:
115 E. Washington St.
Bloomington, IL 61701
Parks & Recreation
ANNOUNCEMENT! ON-LINE RESERVATIONS FOR CAMPING WILL BEGIN APRIL 4TH! PLEASE READ!
2015 On-Line Reservations for the COMLARA Park Campground will begin at 12:01 A.M. on Saturday, April 4th!

At precisely 12:01 a.m. our new on-line system will be turned on and you will be able to make camping reservations for dates through October 18th.  Maximum number of campsites per reservation will be six.  THERE WILL NO LONGER BE A LOTTERY SYSTEM FOR MAKING RESERVATIONS.  Park Staff will still be on hand starting at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 4 to make walk-in reservations.  This will be on a first come, first served basis.  We will start processing mail-in and phone-in reservations on Monday, April 6 at 8:00 a.m.  

When it is time to make a campground reservation or picnic shelter reservation  you will need to visit our on-line reservation system at: http://www.sunrisereservations.com/campground/listCampgrounds

Just put in Comlara Park Family Campground, and then just follow the prompts.

If you have any questions, please contact the Park Visitor Center at (309) 434-6770.

Thank you,
Park Staff

NEED A GIFT IDEA? HOW ABOUT GIFT CERTIFICATES?
Gift Certificates are available at the COMLARA Park Visitor Center!  They come in increments of $5.00, $10.00, $20.00, or $25.00.  You can purchase these during Visitor Center Hours, Monday thru Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Any questions?  Give us a call at (309) 434-6770.

ROAD CLOSURE! ROAD CLOSURE! ROAD CLOSURE!

Starting Monday, November 17, 2014 the road going over the Evergreen Lake Spillway will be closed for bridge replacement/repairs.  The west and south sides of COMLARA Park can be accessed from Interstate 39 - Exit 5 (Hudson Exit).  Turn right onto Hudson Road/2200 North Rd. and go to either the first crossroad (1300 East Rd.) and turn right or to the T-Intersection and turn right (Ropp Rd./1200 East Rd.).  The road closure will be in effect until May 15, 2015.  We apologize for any inconveniences and appreciate your patience on this much needed repair.




2015 CALENDAR OF EVENTS


 

2015 CALENDAR OF EVENTS
McLEAN COUNTY PARKS

DEC-FEB CROSS COUNTRY SKI TRAILS OPEN

APRIL………4 CAMPING RESERVATIONS ACCEPTED
IN PERSON & ONLINE RESV APRIL 4
(PHONE-IN & MAIL-IN ACCEPTED MONDAY APRIL 6)
APRIL………4 BOAT RENTAL/BAIT SHOP OPENS – WEEKENDS ONLY
APRIL.........25 GPS/GEOCACHING CLASS
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED, IN-PERSON, ON-LINE, OR MAIL
MAY………...9 PADDLING AT THE PARK-INTRO TO KAYAKING
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED, IN-PERSON, ON-LINE, PHONE-IN, MAIL
MAY……….16 MACKINAW RIVER CANOE TRIP
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED, IN-PERSON, ON-LINE, MAIL, PHONE IN
MAY………23 SWIMMING BEACH OPENS – 7 DAYS/WEEK
BOAT RENTAL OPENS – 7 DAYS/WEEK
JUNE ……...6 TRI SHARK TRIATHLON SWIM, BIKE, & RUN (www.tri-shark.org)
JUNE ……...6 ADVENTURE O ORIENTEERING EVENT
JUNE & JULY ARCHERY DEER HUNT APPS.- AVAILABLE
JUNE……..13 BEACH BLOWOUT/WACKY WATER OLYMPICS
JUNE……..20 PADDLING AT THE PARK-INTRO TO KAYAKING
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED, IN-PERSON, ON-LINE, PHONE-IN, MAIL
JUNE……..27 SHADY HOLLOW RELAY TRAIL RUN-COMLARA PARK
JUNE……..27 CENTRAL ILLINOIS OPEN WATER SWIM (CIOWS)
JULY & AUG. FIREARM DEER HUNT APPS. - AVAILABLE
JULY………11 COMLARA PARK ICE CREAM SOCIAL
ICE CREAM, SOFT DRINKS, CHILDREN’S GAMES, & MORE
JULY..……..18 FISHERMANS 7K TRAIL RUN –COMLARA
JULY……..25 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…..3 SWIMMING BEACH CLOSED WEEKDAYS
AUGUST…..8 EVERGREEN LAKE 5K RUN-COMLARA PARK
AUGUST…15 CANOE ORIENTEERING PROGRAM
AUGUST…22 SHADY HOLLOW PAINFUL ELIMINATION RUN
AUGUST…30 MUD, SWEAT & GEARS – COMLARA PARK
OFF-ROAD MOUNTAIN BIKE RACE
AUGUST…31 FIREARM DEER HUNT APP. DEADLINE
SEPT………7 LAST DAY SWIMMING BEACH OPEN
SEPT………7 BOAT RENTAL CLOSED WEEKDAYS
SEPT…….13 EVERGREEN LAKE ULTRA MARATHON
TRAIL RACE – COMLARA PARK/EVERGREEN LAKE
OCT. 1–NOV.11 DEER MANAGEMENT PROGRAM-ARCHERY
COMLARA PARK – DESIGNATED AREAS CLOSED
OCT……....4 BOAT RENTAL CLOSED FOR SEASON
OCT……...17 LAST DAY BAIT SHOP OPEN
OCT……...17 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……...18 LAST DAY – CAMPING RESERVATIONS
NOV……….7 GPS/GEOCACHING CLASS
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED, IN-PERSON, ON-LINE, OR MAIL
NOV. 20 – 22 DEER MANAGEMENT PROGRAM-SHOTGUN
& DEC 3 – 6 COMLARA PARK – CLOSED TO GENERAL USE
DEC……...12 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

Fall/Winter Visitor Center Hours
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. - Monday thru Friday



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: