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McLean County:
115 E. Washington St.
Bloomington, IL 61701
Parks & Recreation
Monarch
Monarch Butterfly on a Purple Coneflower at the COMLARA Park Visitor Center Pollinator/Prairie Plant Demonstration Plot. A big thank you to Mary Jo Adams and the Master Naturalists for construction and maintenance of this plot!









FALL COLORS FAMILY DAY - SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2018
FALL COLORS FAMILY DAY AT COMLARA PARK SATURDAY OCTOBER 13, 2018

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
1:00 - 4:00       CHILDREN'S GAMES & ACTIVITIES
                        PUMPKIN DECORATING CONTEST (12 yrs & Under/Judging                                  @4:00  p.m.), BAG DECORATING CONTEST (12 yrs. &                                          Under/Judging @ 4:00 p.m.) HALLOWEEN TIC-TAC-TOE, BEAN                              BAG TOSS GAMES, COOKIE DECORATING, FIRETRUCKS & MORE
1:00 – 5:30pm HAYRACK RIDES; MARSHMALLOW/ WIENER ROAST
1:30pm MARSHMALLOW TOSS
2:30pm BEAN BAGS TOSS GAME TOURNEY (16 YRS. & UNDER)
3:30pm RELAYS 
4:30pm LITTLE GOBLINS CANDY HUNT (AGES 12 & UNDER)
5:00pm MARSHMALLOW EATING CONTEST
5:30 - 7:00pm   TRICK OR TREATING IN THE CAMPGROUND 
7:00 - 9:00pm   HAUNTED TRAIL HAYRACK RIDES: $1/PERSON

FOR MORE INFO:   (309) 434-6770





Archery Portion of The Antlerless Deer Management Program Starts October 1st - Parts of COMLARA Park Closed to General Use
Starting October 1, 2018, parts of COMLARA Park will be closed to general use to allow for the Archery portion of the Antlerless Deer Management Program.  The dates that these areas will be closed are October 1, 2018 through, and including, November 11, 2018.  Areas closed to general use will be clearly marked with fluorescent orange sign and marking tape. ONLY PERMITTED HUNTERS AND PARK STAFF ARE ALLOWED IN THESE AREAS. Violators are subject to a Class B Misdemeanor arrest.  Thank you for your cooperation.

FALL HOURS AT EVERGREEN LAKE BAIT SHOP AND BOAT RENTAL!
The Evergreen Lake Bait Shop & Boat Rental is now on their FALL HOURS.
Bait Shop Operating Hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Daily.
Boat Rental Operating Hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Friday-Sunday and CLOSED Monday - Thursday.


GLASENER BEACH NOW CLOSED FOR THE SEASON!
F.R. Glasener Beach is now CLOSED FOR THE SEASON.  We thank you for your patronage.



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!


PLEASE HELP US!!! Fence Posts & Fencing Donations Needed For Tree Seedling Project!

Now we are looking to Phase 4 & 5 of our large tree-planting project. If any of you would like to donate/get rid of any FENCE POSTS and/or FENCING, please let us know. Just about any kind of posts will do and fencing can be anything from chicken wire to chain link, and condition does not matter. We will use these after transplanting the tree seedlings to keep the tree cages upright and the critters from munching on them. We can pick up or you can drop off at the COMLARA County Park Visitor Center. You can call the Park Director at (309) 242-5806 or the Park Visitor Center at (309) 434-6770.  We cannot thank you all enough!



NOW ACCEPTING CAMPING RESERVATIONS FOR 2018!

COMLARA PARK CAMPING RESERVATIONS

On-Line: www.sunrisereservations.com/COMLARA
Walk-In: At The Park Visitor Center - Open Weekdays 8-6 & Weekends 8-4
Phone-In: (309) 434-6770

Reservations can be made starting the first Saturday in April In-Person, Over the Phone, Online or Mail-In for dates through October 14.  A non-refundable deposit of the first night's camping fee PLUS a separate $7.00(in person)$10(phone in/online) reservation fee PER SITE is required. (Reservations for an upcoming weekend cannot be made after Noon on the Thursday prior to weekend).  When making a reservation, your deposit must be charged to your Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover Card at that time.  Reservations by mail should include name, address, phone number, and date of reservation, preferred site number, and a deposit in the form of a check or money order.   Reservations can be made in-person at the Comlara Park Visitor Center during operating hours. Online reservations can be made atwww.sunrisereservations.com/COMLARA.

DEPOSIT SCHEDULE PER SITE
($7 In Person Resv. Fee----$10 Phone-In & Online Resv. Fee)

ELECTRIC/50 Amp.    ELECTRIC/30 Amp.       NON-ELECTRIC

 $27.00-Site Fee*      $24.00-Site Fee*          $21.00-Site Fee*

 +$7.00-Resv. Fee    +$ 7.00-Resv Fee          +$ 7.00-Resv Fee

 $34.00/Site               $31.00/Site                   $28.00/Site

 

 **McLean County residents receive a $2.00 discount per night per site**



PICNIC SHELTER & GROUP CAMP RESERVATIONS BY PHONE - STARTING TUESDAY, JAN. 2, 2018

STARTING TUESDAY, JANUARY 2, 2018

The McLean County Department of Parks and Recreation is accepting reservations for PICNIC SHELTERS and GROUP CAMPS by phone during Visitor Center Hours (8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.). Payment with Credit Card is required at the time the reservation is made.  Visitor Center Phone Number is (309) 434-6770.

PICNIC SHELTERS 

Maple,            Number    McLean    Non-
White Oak,      of            County     County
& West Park    People     Residents  Residents
                         1-25      $35.00      $40.00
OTHER SHELTERS (Osage, Prairie, & Spruce) 
1 SHELTER        1-50       $45.00     $55.00
1 SHELTER    51-100       $65.00     $75.00
OTHER SHELTER(Sam Leman w/Elec./Water)
1 SHELTER       1-50        $75.00     $85.00
1 SHELTER    51-100       $95.00     $105.00      
2 SHELTERS  101-300    $150.00    $175.00
2 SHELTERS   +300       $175.00    $200.00


GROUP CAMPING 
Group camping is available to NOT-FOR-PROFIT GROUPS. There are 2 group camp areas, one (MRA) is located in the main recreation area at COMLARA Park, and the other (WHITE OAK) area is located on White Oak Rd. near the White Oak Boat Launch. Both are tent only areas and are not electrified. Please, no vehicles allowed in areas.  Camping is by reservation only.  Cost is $1.00 per person per night, PLUS a $7.00 reservation fee with a minimum charge of $32.00.   


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Regional Parks
Contact





13001 Recreation Area Dr.
Hudson, IL  61748

Ph: (309) 434-6770

Visitor Center - SPRING HOURS
8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.: SUNDAY - THURSDAY
8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday & Saturday

 

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 constructed include the Historic Route 66 Regional Trail and Greenway. The 32-mile Historic Route 66 Trail will 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 provides interpretive opportunities along the Historic Route 66 corridor for central Illinois visitors. Sections of the trail linking Bloomington, Shirley and Funk's Grove to the south and Towanda to the north are complete. Additionally, Lexington and Chenoa have sections completed within those Communities, providing bicycle and pedestrian opportunities.

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 p

 


Park Staff