Illinois Beach (Adeline Jay Geo-Karis) State Park

The park stretches 6.5 miles along the shores of Lake Michigan at the northeast corner of Illinois in the town of Zion. The park hosts the only remaining beach ridge shoreline in Illinois, and its varied topography of dunes, wetlands and forests was carved by retreating glaciers from the Ice Age.



The main entrance to the park is located at the east end of Wadsworth Road in Zion, Illinois. A detailed map may be found here.

Distance from Downtown Chicago

47 miles from the center of town

How To Get There

Bike, Walk, Drive


There are accessible parking spaces. One lakefront boardwalk trail is accessible. The Dead River Trail mentioned below is not accessible. There are a number of accessible restrooms. There are 6 accessible campsites and one accessible fishing pier.

Things To Do

Beach Activities, Biking, Birdwatching (Brewer’s blackbirds, grasshopper sparrows, gulls, snowy owls, warblers), Boating, Camping, Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Hiking (the stunning Dead River Trail is highly recommended), Jogging, Picnicking, Running, Swimming, Visitors Center, Watchable Wildlife and Wildflowers.

Fun Facts

The northern portion of the park was formerly Camp Logan, a U.S. Army basic training center that was active in World Wars I and II. The terrain was very suitable for tank maneuver training.

Other Information

In season a camp store and gift shop are open near the main beach parking lot. Consult the park map linked above for the location of restrooms and water.


Healthyums, 2724 Sheridan Road, Zion, Illinois features healthful, tasty breakfasts.

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Best Time To Visit

All year

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