The park at Jones Island Beach is literally an ISLAND. After you wind your way through the lush Grayslake neighborhoods, you come upon this beautiful island that extends into the north portion of Gray’s Lake. And, in true island fashion, it’s so much more than a park! There is something here for everyone.
Since it is surrounded by water, parking is across the street in the lot. So, if you have young children, you might want to consider bringing a stroller since the actual playground is about 100 yards away. The playground itself is magnificent! Soaring climbing towers and slides aplenty, kids ages 3-10 will find plenty of challenges, including a rock wall and stone arch. My tiny tot was a little too small to master the climbing features, but loved the baby slide once she got a boost.
For the rest of your family, there is so much to do on this beautiful island. Bring your lunch to enjoy under one of two paved shelters. You can fish around the entire island, so don’t forget your poles and bait. We saw fish of all shapes and sizes, making angler’s dreams come true, during our visit. You can also bring canoes and kayaks to launch on the non-motorized boat launch. What a better way to spend the day than paddling around beautiful Gray’s Lake? Just bring along your swimsuits and you will have your day made! The large, groomed, sandy shore is protected by a small rock wall so parents have a place to sit. And when your child’s sand castles are complete, they can splash and play in the shallow water, although, there is no lifeguard on duty.
The park also features two sand volleyball courts, plenty of benches and picnic tables, a fishing pier, and port-a-potty restrooms. Dogs are allowed at this facility. There is very little shade, unless you are under a shelter, and there are fine gravel walking paths.Since there is an expansive grass lawn, this would also be a terrific place for a family reunion or neighborhood picnic. Contact the Grayslake Park District for rental information.
Jones Island Beach Park
243 Harvey Ave., Grayslake
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