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Illinois Beach State Park, Zion

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Beach · Hidden Gem · State Park
Adeline Jay Geo-Karis Illinois Beach State Park is part of the Illinois state park system and is located along Lake Michigan in Winthrop Harbor, Zion, Beach Park and unincorporated Benton Township in northeast Illinois. Together with lands to the north, including Chiwaukee Prairie, it forms the Chiwaukee Prairie Illinois Beach Lake Plain, an internationally recognized wet-land of importance under the Ramsar Convention. The park is broken into two units that encompass an area of 4,160 acres (1,683 ha) and contains over six miles of Lake Michigan shoreline.

Recreational activities at the park include boating, swimming, hiking, bicycling, camping, bird watching, and picnicking. Known primarily for the beach, the park also includes dune areas, wetlands, prairie, and black oak savanna. The area at the far southern end of the park is a designated nature preserve, which was named a National Natural Landmark in 1980.
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  • I have been here in summer and fall and enjoy both seasons. The lake is beautiful and clear. Lots of interesting stones and sea glass to search for on the beach. Walking paths, forest and fishing....  more »
  • We have heard a lot about this local treasure and finally made it up the shore to spend some time here over Christmas this year. The beauty of the water is just... awesome. I mean, a lake that...  more »
  • Everyone flocks to the beach, lots of parking and places to walk and have picnics and there is an area for camping.
  • We camp here often. Very clean.
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