Parks & Recreation
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.
CAMPGROUND, BOAT RENTAL/BAIT SHOP, & VISITOR CENTER WILL OPEN FRIDAY, MAY 29, 2020!!!
Update on Evergreen Lake/COMLARA Park (COVID-19)
Updated: Saturday. May 23, 2020
The COMLARA Park Campground, the Evergreen Lake Boat Rental/Bait Shop, and the Park Visitor Center will open Friday, May 29, 2020! The Boat Rental/Bait Shop will be open from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 7 days. The Park Visitor Center will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday thru Thursday AND 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Fridays & Saturdays.
The trails at COMLARA Park remain open to hiking and biking and both boat ramps at Evergreen Lake remain open to fishermen boaters/kayakers. Shoreline fishing is also permissible.
Facilities that will remain closed indefinitely, include both Group Campsites and Pinicking Areas/Shelters. Sadly, F.R. Glasener Beach will remain closed for the entire 2020 Summer Season.
Please remember we still need to be cognizant of being in groups and/or the social distancing rule. Please also remember to wash your hands frequently. The sooner we do this, we believe, the sooner this virus will pass.
Closing of F.R. Glasener Beach at COMLARA Park for the Summer of 2020
Updated: Friday, May 8, 2020
The McLean County Department of Parks & Recreation has decided to close its public swimming beach, F.R. Glasener Beach, at COMLARA Park for the summer of 2020 due to public health concerns with COVID-19/Coronavirus. Due to the uncertainty, and more importantly, the health risk factors, it was decided to close our public swimming beach down for the summer of 2020. A safe and fun recreational experience is always the Parks Department’s goal for the Park’s visitors. With the current situation with the COVID-19/Coronavirus, we could not see a safe, healthy, and cost-effective way to open.
Other facilities that are still affected by the virus restrictions include the Campground, Picnic Shelters, and the Boat Rental & Bait Shop at COMLARA Park/Evergreen Lake until at least June 1, 2020.
Facilities that are OPEN to the public include both boat launches at Evergreen Lake and the Multi-Use Trails (Hiking, Mt. Biking, & Equestrian) at COMLARA Park.
For updates, people can always go to the Park’s website at www.mcleancountyil.gov/parks
COMING THIS SPRING, PONTOON RENTAL!
STAY TUNED FOR DETAILS!!!
2020 Evergreen Lake Watercraft Decals Now Available
In-Person: At the COMLARA Park Visitor Center during operating hours. The Park Visitor Center will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday thru Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. starting Friday, May 29, 2020.
Self-Registration Dropboxes: There are Self-Registration Dropboxes located at both boat launches. Fill out the form, place the payment in an envelope, tear off the top carbon copy (This acts as your temporary permit until the actual decal is mailed to you), and drop the envelope in dropbox.
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!