Three Oaks Recreation Area, Crystal Lake

4.6
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.

TWO ENTRANCES:



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

or ..

The Main Street entrance brings you into the park from the west and is located by Mairfair Furniture & Carpet.
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  • Lots of locals love this place for it's many water based activities. Can't remember the last time I found such a complete water skiing setup. They have fishing, boat rentals, beaches and everything is...  more »
  • I stumbled upon this in September while working up here. It has sand volleyball, walking trails, fishing, etc. It's a very nice and wonderful addition to be able to get outside and enjoy the outdoors.  more »
  • Absolutely beautiful area with swimming, fishing, gliding on water activities, hiking trails, picnic areas , water park for kids plus some really nice places to eat. The landscaping is beautiful leani...  more »
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  • What a gem in Crystal Lake! Plenty of water activities, beach is clean and splash pad available for kids. With Culver's on site and locker rooms it's a great place to take kids of any age. Parking and admission for non crystal lake residents.. It's a bit pricey.. So that's why we don't go as often as we would like
  • This place is beautiful in the spring and summer. There are tons of activities and pavilions with beach and water access that the admission is worth it. The staff are friendly and there are lots of little water playgrounds in the pavilions. There are changing rooms and lockers and during the season they offer concessions.
  • I am giving this review a 2 star rating spelling off of the condition of the park being so clean. The reason they are only receiving 2 stars is because both on their gate and on Google they are advertised as open from 6:30 am till 7:30pm. After waiting for 1 and 1/2 hour at the gate only to find out that after Sept 5th they open at 8am instead. This pretty much kills any and all Prime time fishing. For a catch and release only park this makes zero sense. Post Tue damn hours on the gate. Multiple other people also left while waiting in line.
  • Had our wedding here in May, they were more than accommodating, even went to get firewood so we could build a fire. Also a great place to just hang out and hike
  • Great location for a mornings fishing. Well maintained and staffed. The bass can be finicky but when you do hook up it's often a good fish. Want to get out there one more time this year.

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