Enjoy Off Season Sports at Crystal Lake

Crystal LakeIf outdoor fun in the frigid winter months is what you need, then McHenry County is the place to be! While there are countless opportunities to engage in the popular winter sports of skiing and ice skating, there are also chances for residents to enjoy off-season sports like hockey and golf.

Crystal Lake is ending the first month of the New Year with a day full of activities for the entire family. The games begin February 11 at 7 a.m.

  • Crystal Lake Angler’s Ice Fishing Derby – Spend the day outdoors ice fishing on the West Beach of Crystal Lake! There will be big fish cash, raffles, food, and prizes all for a $10 entry fee.
  • Crystal Lake Park District’s 4X4 Pond Hockey Tournament – Two rinks will be set up on the Main Beach of Crystal lake for the inaugural 4X4 Pond Hockey Tournament. Come join in on the fun or watch from afar!
  • Crystal Lake Park District’s Chili Open – If fishing and hockey isn’t your choice of outdoor activities, maybe golf is! Golfers 18 and up play a 9-hole, par 32 course on the frozen lake!
  • Line Dance Party – End the day of fun by dancing the night away to your favorite traditional country music, as well as some not-so-traditional country. Complimentary dance lessons kick off the evening from 7:15 to 8 p.m.

The Chili Open Golf Tournament, which will be the 44th such matchup, pits four-person teams on a nine-hole, par-32 golf course on frozen Crystal Lake. The pond hockey tournament, also located on the lake, pits four-person teams against one another on two rinks in a double-elimination tournament.

For registration fees and dates, visit www.crystallakeparks.org.

McHenry County offers numerous activities for everyone year0round! Nestled inside a master-planned community in McHenry is Liberty Trails featuring new homes from Gerstad Builders. With new standard features, great amenities and a convenient location, this is the perfect place to call home. For more information about homes in the community, call 815-385-4495 or visit www.GerstadBuilders.com.