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Three Oaks Recreation Area, Crystal Lake

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Wildlife Area Nature / Park
The plan some 20 years in the making converted the long-abandoned Vulcan Lakes quarry, which was first mined by the Vulcan Lakes Materials Company in the 1950s, opened to the Community in October 2010. The city entered into an agreement with the company in 1990, allowing use of Three Oaks Road in exchange for ownership of the property once mining was depleted. In 2007, the property was deeded to the city, and the Vulcan Lakes Advisory Committee and city staff began creating the vision for a recreation area.

The City of Crystal Lake reclaimed the quarry and turned it into an amazing passive community recreation experience. Pristine waters, natural habitat, and incredible fishing. Rent rowboats, canoes, kayaks, sailboats, paddleboats, or enjoy a grassy picnic, various overlooks with breathtaking views of the water and lake islands. Enjoy the swimming beach, hiking trails, a small-child playground/spray park and a Culver's Restaurant with outdoor lakeside dining patio.


Highway Route 14 entrance (between Harris Bank & Cooper Tire) to enter the park from the north

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The Main Street entrance brings you into the park from the west and is located by Mairfair Furniture & Carpet.
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  • Soft sand, kid friendly and many activities. You can SUP, kayak, paddle boat or swim. It's a great day of fun and close to everything in town. The water is especially clean. Beats the duck poop at the...  more »
  • Clean, nice, well equipped with staff and amenities. It's a great use of space and for families to just enjoy the summer...LOVE!  more »
  • Very Clean and well-maintained park. No trash seen around the area, and they are always adding to the area with a new park, walking path, etc.  more »
  • Never would have guessed there was such a fun water experience so close to home. So much to do here. Kept up very well. Dukes on the water is my favorite.
  • Love it here and not just to swim!! I do yoga and Tai Chi by the picnic area early in the morning and it's awesome!! Warning: opt for West or Main beach on hot weekend days. It's sooooo crowded. During the week it's nice.
  • Wonderful day at the "beach" ...get there early, it gets crowded quickly. Very clean and child friendly!
  • Although it gets a bit crowded on good days, there's plenty for all to do, and they keep adding stuff. Wanna rent a kayak? Boom done. Wanna go sailboarding? Yup, got that too... wake boarding?!? Oh heck yeah! Parking became a bit of an issue, but only because it's so awesome there. Just come earlier. I believe the parking will be expanded this year as well, so there ya go!
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