Lake Bluff Park District

Current Sunrise Beach Water Condition
See the link on our homepage for current water conditions. Visit the Lake County Health Department Website for more information.

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Sunrise Park and Beach

The Beach is now closed for the season

Lake Bluff Sunrise Beach

Lake Bluff Sunrise Beach is a peaceful spot to spend a summer afternoon.
Lifeguards are on duty to insure a safe and fun experience for people of all ages.

Special End of Season Hours
Special end of season swimming hours are now in effect.

August 7-September 4

August 7–20: 11:00 AM–5:00 PM
August 21–25: Closed
August 26–27: 11:00 AM–5:00 PM
Aug. 28–Sept. 1: Closed
September 2-4: 11:00 AM–5:00 PM
September 5: Closed for the season
Beach Closes at 10:00 PM

Make sure to check the Beach Conditions for daily updates.

Swimming is prohibited when lifeguards are not on duty. Staff will be on duty to collect fees, check beach passes and check dog beach tags until 8:30 PM. Please hold on to your receipt for possible spot checks during the day.

Beach Amenities
Two guarded swimming beaches (see hours)
Play equipment
Two shelters with fireplaces– Beach Shelter Page
Charcoal grills
Restroom facilities
Complimentary games
Complimentary beach chairs

Kayak Rentals available

Beach Patrol
Beginning May 16, the Park District will continue the night beach security patrol to ensure that our 10:00 PM curfew is enforced and that appropriate activities are being supervised.

Beach Gate Keys
All of the locks have been changed for the season so, if you have been issued a Sunrise Park & Beach gate key, you will need to have it replaced. Keys can be picked up at the Recreation Center during normal business hours. A deposit of $50 is required.

Beach Passes and Fees
Use of the beach is free to Park District Residents. You must show your pass to the staff present at the beach entrance.

  • Non-Resident daily fee is $12/person.
  • Active Military fee is $5/person.
Up to three beach passes will be given to all residents residing together at one address. Only one beach pass is necessary to admit everyone in the household. Additional beach passes will cost $20 each. Non-Residents will be assessed a fee for the use of the beach. A beach pass does not require a photo, please complete the Registration Form. Proof of residency is required. Your beach pass will be mailed to you.

Swimming Conditions at Sunrise Beach

The Lake Bluff Park District has improved its communication with Sunrise Beach users by indicating swimming conditions with a flag system. A flag will be flown at the entrance to Sunrise Beach and will be posted on our web site letting beachgoers know the daily swimming conditions. The color of the flag and conditions are described below:

Green Flag: Low Bacteria Levels, No Advisory

Yellow Flag: Elevated Bacteria Levels, and or Riptide Alert, Caution Swimming Advisory

Red Flag: When you come to the beach and the Red Flag is posted it means the water is closed for swimming. You can still have your day at the beach but you must stay completely out of the water.

There are several reasons why Sunrise Beach will post a Red Flag:

• Rip Currents: Rip Currents are a strong channel of water flowing seaward from near the shore, typically through the surf line.

• Strong Undertow: When the winds shift and the wave swells become strong, the undertow can become dangerous. In these instances, the beach staff will go into the water to measure the strength of the undertow. Should it be too strong, the beach will post a Red Flag and close the water to swimming.

• A measurement of two or more inches of rain: Run-off debris from the ravines and streets are deposited into the water possibly causing unsafe conditions. Closing the beach to swimming is a health precaution.

• High levels of bacteria: The Lake County Health Department tests our beach daily. If the E. coli count is higher than 235 E. coli colony forming units/100 milliliters of water, it is determined to be precarious for swimmers. The water will be closed until a clean test result is returned. To reopen the water for swimming, a resample E. coli count must be less than 235 cfu.

Beach Shelters
Shelters are located at the north and south ends of the beach. The shelters have fireplaces and picnic tables. Shelters are closed Monday–Thursday and Sunday at 10:00 PM, and until midnight on Friday and Saturday. There is an outdoor grill adjacent to the North and South Beach shelters. Bring your own charcoal. To learn more about beach shelter reservations and procedures Click Here.

Inside South Beach Shelter Inside South Beach Shelter

Important Beach Regulations

  1. Beaches are closed at 10:00 PM. Anyone wishing to use the beach after closing may do so by obtaining a permit at the Park District office.
  2. Parking east of Moffett Rd. is prohibited after 9:00 PM. Any planned beach activity beyond the 9:00 PM parking restriction will require a special parking permit that may be obtained at the Park District office.
  3. The Village of Lake Bluff police department maintains a regular patrol of the beach and enforces all Park District ordinances. In addition, a security patrol is on duty from 7:00 PM until after the beach closes. The patrol monitors the beach to ensure that our beach facility remains safe and pleasant for the entire community.
  4. Swimming is allowed only in the supervised swimming areas as posted at the beach.
  5. Beaches will be closed whenever water is considered unsafe by the Health Department or lifeguards.
  6. Inflatable rafts or similar devices are not allowed unless life preservers are worn and used only in the supervised swimming area.
  7. Children 10 years and under must be accompanied by an individual 16 years or older.
  8. Lake Bluff Park District resident dog owners must complete the Dog Responsibility Contract on the beach pass Registration Form and have a Lake Bluff Park District Beach Dog Tag secured to the dog's collar.
  9. No motorized boat is allowed to be operated within 100 feet of the South beach.

Visit the Beach Shelter Page


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