The sailing beach is closed for the season. We will re-open for the 2021 season in Mid-May.

2021 Sailing Contracts

The Wilmette Park District has begun planning for the 2021 season and we're excited to spend it with you! New this year, we sent out Sailing Contracts digitally. Contract holders from 2020 received their contract renewal through DocuSign at the end of January.

For questions or concerns, or if you are a 2020 contract holder and have not received any communication, please contact:

Ben Wozney, Lakefront General Manager
Tel: 847-256-9659 | Email:

Megan White, Lakefront Supervisor
Tel: 847-256-9658 | Email:

2021 Guidelines and Modified Operations:

  • While interacting with staff or fellow patrons, please practice social distancing of six feet (6ft.). If social distancing is not possible, wear a face covering or mask.
  • Vehicle access and sailing staff hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

We will be monitoring state and local guidance daily for any changes to these restrictions. As soon as the situation improves, we will expand sailing beach operations to allow guests, rentals, rescue service, and public access to the sailing beach as able.

Thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation.


Location: 100 Lake Avenue, Wilmette, Illinois 60091
Lakeview Phone: 847-256-9656
Sailing Shack Phone: 847-256-9662
Season: Mid-May to Mid-October
Hours: Open daily, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. or as daylight permits.

Ben Wozney, Lakefront General Manager
Tel: 847-256-9659 | Email:

Megan White, Lakefront Supervisor
Tel: 847-256-9658 | Email:


  • Dry Land Storage (Includes Membership)
  • Private/Semi-Private Sailing Lessons
  • Boat Rentals: Kayak, SUPs
  • Winter Storage (All Vessels)


  • No swimming or wading allowed at the Sailing Beach.
  • ID cards are required for access to the Sailing Beach.
  • No dogs allowed on the Sailing Beach.
  • The sailing road is for Pick Up/Drop Off only. Vehicles must park in designated parking areas.
  • Glass bottles, alcohol, portable grills, tents, canopies, tables, or E-Z Ups are not allowed at the Sailing Beach.
  • Partners are only allowed on vessels with DNR registration i.e. Catamarans, Lasers, Sunfish.


Q - How do I get a membership to the sailing beach?
A - You must get on the waiting list for your preferred vessel. All vessels have a waiting list at this time.

Q - Can I bring food and drink onto the sailing beach?
A - Yes, you are allowed to bring food. Glass containers or bottles are not allowed and alcohol is prohibited.

Q - Can I get on the water if I don't have a sailing membership?
A - We offer Trail-In season passes. This allows you to launch you SUP, Kayak, Canoe, or Windsurfer from the south end of the south beach. It does not give you access to the sailing beach.

Q - Can I put a SUP in my Monohull space?
A - No, you cannot. Your space is for the designated vessel only. If you have a Catamaran, you can store up to two SUPs or Kayaks, in any combination, at an additional cost.

  • 2021 Sailing Lessons

    Not a sailor? Do your children want to learn to sail? Need a refresher course? Our knowledgeable sailing staff offers private and semi private lessons. Whether you are a beginner or intermediate sailor, we have what you need to get out and have a great experience on Lake Michigan. Lessons begin in June with sessions running through mid August. Lessons are taught on Sunfish and Hobie Cats.

    Sailing Lessons Fee
    Small Group (up to 3 people)
    R-$447 / NR-$577
    Private Lesson
    R-$263 / NR-$331

    Register for Sailing Lessons

    Private and Small Group Sailing Lessons

    Learn to sail at a time that suits your schedule. Beginning students will learn the basics of sailing from how to rig a boat, basic safety on the water, knots and sailing terms. Students will get out on Lake Michigan, learn boat handling techniques, tacking, capsizing and recovery. Intermediate sailors can expect to gain more boat handling techniques.

    Private and small group lessons are taught in four 60 minute lessons--both on land and on water. All participants must be able to swim 50 feet.

    Sailing Instructors will contact you to arrange lesson times and the boat type you prefer after June 1.

  • Weekend Kayak & SUP Rentals

    Our Wilmette Park District fleet of single and double kayaks, along with stand up paddle boards, are available for rental. 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 anytime.

    Rental Location: The Cove (on south end of the park, at Aquatics & Dog Beach)

    Boat rental does not give you access to the sailing beach, but it does give you access to the swimming beach on the date of rental only.

    Rental Fee
    Single Kayak / SUP (Sa-Su ONLY)* R-$50 / NR-$63
    Double Kayak (Sa-Su ONLY)* R-$75 / NR-$94

    *2 hour rental

    Rental Times

    Saturday-Sunday: 9:30 a.m. - 6:15 p.m. (in by 7:15 p.m.)

    Reservations and Payment

    Reservations may be made at 847/256-9662, not more than 48 hours in advance. Reservations for weekend times may be made at 9 a.m., Thursday (for Saturday) and Friday (for Sunday). All non-refundable rental fees are paid immediately before the rental. A government-issued ID must be presented at the time of rental. MasterCard, Visa, and Discover are accepted for sailing lessons and rental fees.