• The beach water is not suitable for drinking. Avoid swallowing beach water.

  • Admission to the beach may be refused to all persons having any contagious disease, infectious conditions such as colds, fever, ringworm, foot infections, skin lesions, carbuncles, boils, diarrhea, vomiting, inflamed eyes, ear discharges, or any other condition which has the appearance of being infectious. Persons with excessive sunburn, abrasions which have not healed, corn plasters, bunion pads, adhesive tape, rubber bandages, or other bandages of any kind may also be refused admittance. A person under the influence of alcohol or exhibiting erratic behavior shall not be permitted in the beach area.

  • Littering is prohibited. In addition, no food, drink, gum or tobacco is allowed in the water. Glass containers are prohibited throughout the beach area.

  • All children who are not toilet-trained shall wear tight fitting rubber or plastic pants.

  • No one should swim alone.

  • Persons under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a responsible person 16 years of age or older unless a lifeguard is present.

  • Personal conduct within the beach must be such that safety is not jeopardized.

  • Diving in shallow water is not permitted.

  • Caution shall be exercised in the use of diving facilities.

  • Swimming is prohibited after sunset or before sunrise, or when lightning is present, including a 15 - minute period after the last lightning is observed.

  • No pets are permitted in the beach area.

  • Feeding of wildlife or other actions that encourage their presence is prohibited.

  • Patrons are encouraged to protect themselves from sun exposure.


Illinois Department of Public Health

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Illinois Department of Public Health
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Springfield, Illinois 62761
Phone 217-782-4977
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TTY 800-547-0466
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