Park Avenue Boating Facility is Highland Park’s destination for sailors, paddleboarders, fishermen, powerboaters, and leisure visitors. The facility features a new concrete ramp and breakwater, sand launching ramp, two parking lots, and three boat storage areas. Park Avenue is also home to the North Shore Yacht Club an affordable membership organization that offers Learn to Sail, Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP), and kayaking lessons to the public.
Park Avenue’s north storage area accommodates boats up to 25’, power boats, sailboats, and personal watercrafts. The south storage area accommodates sailboats up to 18′. Additional space is available for sail/mast storage as well as rack/cable storage for kayaks and sunfish. Park Avenue Boating Facility and north beaches are non-swimming beaches. Lakefront swimming is only allowed at Rosewood Beach.
Portions of Park Avenue are owned by both the Park District and the City of Highland Park. The property to the south is owned by the City of Highland Park, which includes the road, parking spaces, and land where the south storage pad, yacht club building, and concrete boat launch are located. The site is also home to the Highland Park Water Treatment Plant, which provides safe drinking water to Highland Park and surrounding communities. The breakwater and concrete boat ramp, owned by the Park District, are located adjacent to the south property.
The west roadway of the plant is closed. All boaters, residents and visitors are to follow the two-way traffic pattern around the water plant.
There are three boat turnaround areas on the east and south side of the water plant.
Please adhere to parking regulations as signed.
Parking and Traffic Assistance
The seasonal parking restriction signs have been placed and enforcement will be limited to warnings (with the exception of handicap areas) until mid-May.
A Lakefront Parking decal is required for parking at the North Lot
A Park Avenue season parking decal is required for parking in the south lot
Vessel Safety Checks
The Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla provides free safety checks for Park Avenue boaters in May and June. Important federal regulations relating to safety equipment are reviewed online and/or when setting up your appointment so that you will be prepared to pass your vessel safety check. Please contact Donna Feldman at 847.597.8125 to schedule your vessel safety check.
Boaters towing their vessels may also schedule safety checks in Deerfield. Contact Donna Feldman at 847.597.8125. Please slowly and clearly leave your name and phone number. Please allow one to two days for a response.
If you have any questions about the Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla vessel examination program, please feel free to contact Donna.
All USCG Vessel Safety Checklists must be PASSED prior to launching motorized vessels.
Lessons at the NSYC
North Shore Yacht Club
The North Shore Yacht Club (NSYC) is an affordable membership organization for sailors, kayakers, power boaters, stand up paddlers and fun social events. As a volunteer organization, we are open to residents of all communities. NSYC offers Learn to Sail, Kayak, and Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP) lessons. Sailing lessons run June-July. Kayak and SUP classes run throughout the summer season
The clubhouse is located on the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan, is open to the general public for rentals and is the ideal venue for your celebration, birthday party, rehearsal dinner, graduation party or your corporate outing.