At Three Oaks Recreation Area in The City of Crystal Lake, IL.
You may launch your paddle board only at the Board House and only when we're open!
The Board House offers one of the best lakes in northern IL to paddle board. Located in an old quarry, the large 330 acre, crystal clear water lake sits in valley where NO motorboats are allowed. There are 8 islands, 5 bays, plenty of wildlife and scenery. All this make for a great place to paddle board. The Board House is located in Three Oaks Recreation Area in the City of Crystal Lake, IL. See map.
Entry to Three Oaks Recreation Area is free but there is a $5 parking fee for non-Crystal Lake residents. Once you park your vehicle, transport your board to the Board House for use. If you need assistance transporting your board, call the Board House at 847-943-7043 and we'll send someone out to help.
Launch/cleaning fee is $10 per board. The launch fee gives you access to the lake for the full day. You must check in at the Board House before launching your board to sign waivers, pay the fee, and have your board cleaned. Three Oaks Recreation Area is very protective of their water quality so a cleaning is necessary. We also need to make sure you wear the proper vest. Waist pfd's are not allowed. If you don't have the proper vest, you can rent one for $5 per hour.
The Board House and Three Oaks Recreation Area do have some lake rules that must be followed.
Bring your paddleboard
to the Board House
Overnight storage is available. You may store your paddle board at the Board House for easy access. You may only access your board when the Board House is open. Call 847-943-7043 when in doubt if we're open. The Board House or Three Oaks Recreation Area are not responsible for theft or damage to your board while in storage.
Inside storage fees
Overnight- $5 per night Weekly- $30 Monthly- $99
You do not have to pay another launch fee with overnight storage.
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Board House phone- 847-943-7043 Store phone- 847-854-4754