Three Oaks Recreation Area, Crystal Lake

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The plan some 20 years in the making converted the long-abandoned Vulcan Lakes quarry, which was first mined by the Vulcan Lakes Materials Company in the 1950s, opened to the Community in October 2010. The city entered into an agreement with the company in 1990, allowing use of Three Oaks Road in exchange for ownership of the property once mining was depleted. In 2007, the property was deeded to the city, and the Vulcan Lakes Advisory Committee and city staff began creating the vision for a recreation area.

The City of Crystal Lake reclaimed the quarry and turned it into an amazing passive community recreation experience. Pristine waters, natural habitat, and incredible fishing. Rent rowboats, canoes, kayaks, sailboats, paddleboats, or enjoy a grassy picnic, various overlooks with breathtaking views of the water and lake islands. Enjoy the swimming beach, hiking trails, a small-child playground/spray park and a Culver's Restaurant with outdoor lakeside dining patio.

TWO ENTRANCES:



Highway Route 14 entrance (between Harris Bank & Cooper Tire) to enter the park from the north

or ..

The Main Street entrance brings you into the park from the west and is located by Mairfair Furniture & Carpet.
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  • Overcrowded inside and outside water. . Sand is construction soil. Very dusty. Only kids beach open. 4 ft deep max. No swimming for adults. Line to pay to get to park, line to pay for the beach. Food....  more
    Overcrowded inside and outside water. . Sand is construction soil. Very dusty. Only kids beach open. 4 ft deep max. No swimming for adults. Line to pay to get to park, line to pay for the beach. Food....  more »
  • This place is great for summer fun! They have live music on the weekends and host great events as well! Perfect space for an adult birthday party/graduation party/ or other family fun event. 
    This place is great for summer fun! They have live music on the weekends and host great events as well! Perfect space for an adult birthday party/graduation party/ or other family fun event.  more »
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  • Nice place! We went there for dinner with friends and we really enjoyed the live music and the atmosphere overall! The food & drinks are self-serve and seemed a bit pricey but everything we tried was delicious.
  • This was the first time going to 3 Oaks. It is absolutely beautiful. It would be great if they had slides or those big floats in the water, but its still a great get away close to home.

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