You have two options to enter Three Oaks Recreation Area and both entryways meet at the same location, our Parking Gate building and the gateway to the facility and public parking.
North Entrance / Highway Route 14 - Brings you into the Three Oaks Recreation Area from the north. The entrance is located between Harris Bank & Cooper Tire, across the road from Chili’s Restaurant.
West Entrance / Main Street - Enters the Three Oaks Recreation Area from the west and is located adjacent to the southern edge of the Mayfair Furniture & Carpeting building.
Crystal Lake residents with a valid City vehicle sticker attached to their windshield receive free parking.
All vehicles entering the park without a valid City vehicle sticker will be charged a fee of $5.00 for parking, per vehicle.
Bicycling or Walking/Running
You have three options to enter the Three Oaks Recreation Area from the north, east and west. When visiting Three Oaks via bike or walking there is no entry fee to visit Three Oaks and access the trails. We have bike racks conveniently located near the picnic grounds where you can secure your bike while enjoying all of our amenities. If walking or bicycling into the facility, there are still entrance fees if you wish to use the beach. See our page on the swim beach.
North Entrance / Highway Route 14 - The paved pathway runs alongside our north entrance roadway. The path starts at the automatic gates by the road, just across from Harris Bank & Cooper Tire.
West Entrance / Main Street - Our Main Street entrance is connected to the McHenry County Prairie Trail Bike Path (http://www.mccdistrict.org/web/re-bicycling.htm) and is a paved pathway along the entry road. It is located adjacent to the southern edge of the Mayfair Furniture & Carpeting building.
East Entrance / Pingree Road - There is a pedestrian gate at the intersection of Pingree Road and Three Oaks Road. This entrance accesses the park along a gravel roadway (open to service vehicles only) and meanders along our wetlands and past the sledding hill before winding around to the North Marina.