Do you love lazy days at the beach, feeling the sand between your toes, watching your little ones splash in calm, clean shallow water, build sand castles or play on nearby swings? Sounds like a dream doesn’t it, especially after the long winter we endured? But this dream could become your reality at Lake Minear Beach, located in the heart of Libertyville.
This hidden gem of a private lake is the sight of an old gravel mining operation. Legend has it that one day, the miners hit a natural spring, the lake began filling and eventually “Charley Minear’s Lake” was formed.
The beach is operated by the non-profit Libertyville Boat Club. It’s a private beach supported by member dues, and is not supported by any government agency. In addition to the clean water of the spring fed lake, and sandy beaches, there is a picnic area with tables and grills, a concession stand, free Wi-Fi and a small playground area.
As a Libertyville native, I have many happy memories of visiting Lake Minear during my childhood, and I have been lucky enough to spend some lazy summer days with my own kids there in the past few years. It’s the ultimate in relaxation. The younger kids can splash in the shallow area and play in the sand, while the older kids love swimming out to the floating dock.
Lake Minear is especially perfect for families, because the beach opens at 10 a.m., much earlier than most local swimming pools. This is ideal to get your swimming in before the day gets too hot or crowded, or if you have afternoon nappers.
As a membership only beach, there are no day passes available. This provides for a strong community feel, with familiar faces at the beach all the time, while also providing an extra sense of security.
Given the price of day passes at other area pools and beaches, when you have to pay for your whole family, a single day of water play can be quite pricey. However, a season pass at Lake Minear covers your entire family! That’s everyone under one roof! It easily pays for itself in just a few visits compared to daily access at other pools or beaches. Especially for large families. There are multiple types of membership available, with the Family membership being the most cost effective. But hurry, early bird pricing of $150 for the unlimited family passes expires April 15th, and then the price rises to $175. A family membership includes unlimited membership to any person living within the household any day the beach is open. For the cost of one week of camp for one child, or one session of lessons for another, your whole family can enjoy the beach unlimited all summer! At Lake Minear you are getting more than unlimited water play, you are becoming part of a lake community with special events and activities and friends new and old.
Beach hours of operation are 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. weather permitting. The beach is scheduled to open the weekends of May 23-25 and May 30-31st and then go to seven days a week beginning on June 4th – August 16th. It will switch back to weekends August 22nd through Labor Day weekend. If you’d like more information about membership, check out the Lake Minear Beach website.
Disclosure: Lake Minear Beach is a LLC Partner. This post is part of their partnership with Little Lake County.