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Three Oaks Recreation Area

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Address: 5517 Northwest Hwy, Crystal Lake, IL 60014-8037
Phone Number:
+1 815-459-2020
09:00 - 17:30
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:30
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

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Very Clean Park

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.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Crystal Lake, United States
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Crystal Lake, United States
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9 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

Thank P5788EUthomasw
Crystal Lake, Illinois
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a beautiful 330 acre lake with great bass fishing. No live bait allowed and it is a catch and release only Lake. I like to use football jigs , rattle traps,husky jerks and Yamamoto Senkos. I like to rent a boat but shore fishing is good too.

Thank David K
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13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My kids and I love this place. An old quarry filled with water, with beaches and a great place for kayaking and paddle boarding. Get some R and R nearby!

Thank Heidi S
Crystal Lake
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you like hiking, fishing, swimming, boating, serene views, a splash pad for kids, and a restaurant overlooking the water, Three Oaks Recreation Area is the right place.

Thank palsgroveb
Huntley, Illinois, United States
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97 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Summer FUN! Three Oaks is a delight as there are Boats to rent for fishing, rowing, kayaking, sailing; Beaches for swimming, volleyball, building sand castles with the kids, relaxing in the sun; Trails for hiking and biking; and having a picnic lunch with the family. The water is crystal clear and the entire place is kept clean and safe. I... More 

Thank Dan W
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place has to everything to offer! Boating,kayaking,splash pad,park,beach and more! This is a def favorite place to go for our family! More cities need a great use of space like this facility has to offer! In the summer we love the convinience of the beach, there's even food and drink so we don't have to leave or pack anything.... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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24 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2017 via mobile

The unusually warm weather brought us back here a couple of weeks ago for a hike. Can't wait for the boats to be back in the water. Wonderful day spent enjoying the outdoors. Spacious play area for small children. Lots of choices for fun in the water for older kids and adults.

Thank ShadowB2011
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 16 February 2017

I take my grandchildren to the 3 Oaks Rec Area frequently during the summer and fall...fishing, wakeboarding, the beach, etc. What a great job the city does in managing this facility. Staff at every facility are great, the park is beautiful and fishing is good..3-5 lb bass! Almost worth the taxes we pay...almost.

Thank Charles F
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4 reviews
Reviewed 16 February 2017

Beautiful place which is usually not crowded. Has food available including Culvers. We had room to move around and find a spot for our fishing and the lake was not close to being crowded for our boating. Our whole family enjoys Three Oaks!!!

Thank Joanne Matik M
Chicago, Illinois
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31 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 January 2017 via mobile

We go here ALL the time during our limited Summer we have in Chicago. It's designed really nicely and having Culver's is a PLUS!! Water splash area for young kids. Vally ball set up. Rental boats, peddle boats, Kayak, sail boat. Now they even have a cable water ski!! Great for catch and release fishing #1 reason, I love going... More 

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