REGISTRATION SITE OFFLINE 2/14-2/15: For details, check our Bulletin Board post, below


REGISTRATION SITE OFFLINE 2/14-2/15: For details, check our Bulletin Board post, below



Sailing Beach, Boat Rentals & Permits

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Season: Sailing season begins May 4 and ends October 13

About the Sailing Beach

The Wilmette Sailing Beach houses personally owned vessels from stand up paddleboards to catamarans. Access is restricted to boat owners and their guests.  Boat rentals are offered to the general public on Fridays and weekends, more info can be found below.

Sailing Boat Space Waitlists

Would you like to keep your boat on the Sailing Beach? All spaces on the Wilmette Sailing Beach are currently filled. Click Here to add yourself to the waitlist of your choosing. 

When registering for the waitlist, only select the number of family members that match the number of spots you want. Example; only select 2 family members if you want 2 SUP spaces, only select 1 family member if you want 1 catamaran space. Waitlist vessel types are: stand up paddleboard (SUP),  windsurfer, monohull (which includes kayaks, sunfish and lasers), laser II, and catamaran.

Check Your Waitlist Status

Our spreadsheet gets updated regularly as we move people into boat spaces during the pre-summer months. To see your status on the Sailing Boat Space waitlist, Click Here

  • Rental boats are only available on Friday afternoons, Saturdays and Sundays from June 3 through August 13.
  • Staff is on hand to help visitors evaluate their skills and to assess weather conditions. For safety, staff reserves
    the right to refuse rentals at any time.
  • All boat rentals must be reserved and paid for online. Click Here to search available time slots.
Kayak & Sup

90-minute rentals

Hobie & Sunfish

60-minute rentals

Rental Regulations


Registration is OPEN for 2024 Private Sailing Lessons! 


Click Here to register!


Details about Trail-in Permits
How to Purchase

Season trail-in permits can be purchased online here and picked up in person at the Gillson Beach House
starting May 27.

Trail-In Permit Fees


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