Who says you need to be near an ocean to enjoy a beach? The Stateline has a few options for beach days all within a 30-minute drive of Rockford. Grab your beach chair and umbrella and head out to one of these beaches in Loves Park, Byron, South Beloit and Janesville. Don’t forget the sand toys!
7318 Harlem Rd, Loves Park, IL
Olson Lake is a natural 50 acre lake with a sand beach located in Rock Cut State Park.
Open 12 pm – 7 pm daily through September 3
Cost: $5 for anyone 48 inches and taller, $2.50 for anyone under 48 inches. Children 3 and younger are free.
1220 Dearborn Ave, South Beloit, IL
Pearl Lake is a super clean man-made lake with clear waters and a large sand beach. There is also a concession stand selling food and drinks.
Open 10 am – 5 pm daily until September 3
Cost: $15 per person, children 5 and under are free
Note: There must be one adult per two children under the age of 12.
1401 Palmer Dr, Janesville, WI
Lions Beach is a large lake with a sand beach. There is no lifeguard on duty.
Open 11 am – 6 pm daily until September 3
Up for a short drive? Here are two more options about one hour from Rockford.
S Lake Shore Dr, Fontana-On-Geneva Lake, WI
Fontana Beach is a clean lake with a sand beach.
Open 9:30 am – 6 pm until September 3
Cost: $10 per person 12 years and older, $5 for children 6-11 years old, and free for children 5 and under
401 Mandt Pkwy, Stoughton, WI
Troll Beach has clean city water, zero depth entry, a sand beach and many large inflatable play structures in the water. There’s a large shallow area and a deep area that’s 12 ft.
Open 12 pm – 5 pm daily until August 18
Cost: $4 per resident 16+, $5 per non-resident 16+, $3 per resident 15 and under, $4 per non-resident 15 and under
Update: As of 2019, Lake Louise in Byron, Illinois is no longer open to the public for swimming or fishing. However, you can camp there with your RV.