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McLean County:
115 E. Washington St.
Bloomington, IL 61701
Parks & Recreation
ON-LINE CAMPING & PICNIC SHELTER RESERVATIONS NOW OPEN!
You are now able to make a campground reservation or a picnic shelter reservation on our new reservation system at: http://www.sunrisereservations.com/campground/listCampgrounds

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

Thank you for your patience!
Park Staff

Regional Parks
Contact





13001 Recreation Area Dr.
Hudson, IL  61748

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

Summer Visitor Center Hours
8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. - 7 Days/Week



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
Brad Wood - Operations Supervisor
Brian Thomas - Maintenance Supervisor
Jerad Campbell - Maintenance Worker I

2014 Schedule of Events

DEC-FEB                CROSS COUNTRY SKI TRAILS OPEN
                                                                 AVAILABLE WHEN CONDITIONS PERMIT
APRIL………5        CAMPING RESERVATIONS ACCEPTED
                                                                   IN PERSON (RESV. LOTTO 10 P.M. FRIDAY APRIL 4) (PHONE-IN & MAIL-IN ACCEPTED MONDAY APRIL 7)
APRIL………5        BOAT RENTAL/BAIT SHOP OPENS WEEKENDS ONLY                                               MAY………...3        GPS/GEOCACHING CLASS                                            
                                         
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED, IN-PERSON, ON-LINE, OR MAIL
MAY……….10        PADDLING AT THE PARK-INTRO TO KAYAKING                    
                                            
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED, IN-PERSON, ON-LINE, PHONE-IN & MAIL-IN
MAY……….17        MACKINAW RIVER CANOE TRIP
                                        PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED, IN-PERSON, ON-LINE, MAIL, PHONE IN 

MAY………24         SWIMMING BEACH OPENS – 7 DAYS/WEEK 
                                      BOAT RENTAL OPENS – 7 DAYS/WEEK                                              MAY……....31         TRI SHARK TRIATHLON SWIM, BIKE, & RUN (www.tri-shark.org) 

JUNE & JULY         ARCHERY DEER HUNT APPS.- AVAILABLE                                              JUNE……....7         BEACH BLOWOUT/WACKY WATER OLYMPICS                                              JUNE……..14         PADDLING AT THE PARK-INTRO TO KAYAKING 
                                             PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED, IN-PERSON, ON-LINE, PHONE-IN, MAIL                                              JUNE……..28         SHADY HOLLOW CHASE TRAIL RUN-COMLARA PARK
JUNE……..28         CENTRAL ILLINOIS OPEN WATER SWIM (CIOWS)
JULY & AUG.         FIREARM DEER HUNT APPS. - AVAILABLE
JULY………5          COMLARA PARK ICE CREAM SOCIAL
                           ICE CREAM, SOFT DRINKS, CHILDREN’S GAMES, & MORE
JULY……..19                    FISHERMANS 7K TRAIL RUN –COMLARA PARK                                                                               JULY……..26          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…..4         SWIMMING BEACH CLOSED WEEKDAYS
AUGUST…..9         EVERGREEN LAKE 5K RUN-COMLARA PARK                                              AUGUST…31         FIREARM DEER HUNT APP. DEADLINE                                              SEPT……....1         LAST DAY SWIMMING BEACH OPEN
SEPT……....1         BOAT RENTAL CLOSED WEKDAYS                                                                    SEPT……....7         MUD, SWEAT & GEARS – COMLARA PARK
                                                                 OFF-ROAD MOUNTAIN BIKE RACE 
SEPT…….14          EVERGREEN LAKE ULTRA MARATHON 
                          TRAIL RACE – COMLARA PARK/EVERGREEN LAKE
OCT. 1–NOV.11     DEER MANAGEMENT PROGRAM-ARCHERY
                          COMLARA PARK – DESIGNATED AREAS CLOSED
OCT……....5           BOAT RENTAL CLOSED FOR SEASON                                                                    OCT……...18          LAST DAY BAIT SHOP OPEN 
OCT……...18          FALL COLORS FAMILY DAY-COMLARA PARK 
                           MARSHMALLOW & WIENER ROAST, HAYRACK RIDES, MUSIC,
                           CHILDREN’S GAMES, HAUNTED HAYRACK RIDES, CHILDREN'S CANDY HUNT & MORE                                              OCT……...19          LAST DAY – CAMPING RESERVATIONS
NOV……….8          GPS/GEOCACHING CLASS
                           PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED, IN-PERSON, ON-LINE, OR MAIL 
NOV. 21 – 23         DEER MANAGEMENT PROGRAM-SHOTGUN 
 & DEC 4 – 7             COMLARA PARK – CLOSED TO GENERAL USE 
DEC……...13          DA DEER RUN, RUN-8K X/C RACE-COMLARA PARK