Three Oaks Recreation Area, Crystal Lake

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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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  • October 3, 2017
    Great place to walk alone or with your pet, just remember to pick up after your dog. Cool breezes, great scenery, hiking, running and seasonal sports (SUP and kayaks). It can be hot in town but the br...  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    Recently walked through and was amazed to see how beautiful the maturing landscaping is. Everywhere were people with smiles having fun. What a lovely asset to our community!  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    Very nice for walks and relax ,however beach is way too small,it should be much bigger so people don't seat on top of each other  more »
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  • July 7, 2017
    Close by. Reasonably priced. Picnics welcome or buy food on site (Culver's or Dukes.) Kayak, row boat (w/ electric motor) and sup rentals. Sand beach, fishing. Oh, and wake boards running on a cable system overhead that just pulls you on a circuit, with jumps if you want. What's not to like?
  • July 11, 2017
    Great place to spend the day. Clean, nice atmosphere for a beach day. Loved the availability of chairs to rent since we were tourists without our regular beach equipment.
  • July 4, 2017
    Nice of your a Crystal lake resident, it's free. Otherwise plan on spending $5 on parking and another $5-10 a person depending on age, but worth the $ when spending the day their with family. Very nice beach!
  • July 6, 2017
    Nice beach, free for Crystal Lake residents, cheap if you travel with a Crystal Lake resident. A few activities are available here, picnic, boating on the small lake, motorized wake boarding, volleyball and more. The beach also has a Culver's in there. Park entry fee is also free for Crystal Lake residents
  • June 13, 2017
    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.

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