Rosewood is a national award-winning beach that features a nature cove for ecological and nature programs, a guarded swimming beach, and a recreation beach. Nestled against Rosewood’s wooded bluffs is a one-of-a-kind beachfront Interpretive Center and amenity buildings including concessions, restrooms, and guard building connected by a boardwalk that runs the length of the beach.
During the swimming season (Memorial Day-Labor Day), swimming hours for the beach are subject to change depending on weather, crowds, and wave conditions. Certified lifeguards supervise the beach during public swimming hours, regardless of weather conditions. A sign is posted that indicates when lifeguards are not on duty.
Beach Passes & Lakefront Parking Decals
A Rosewood Beach Swimming Pass is required for each individual to access the swimming and recreation beach coves during the swimming hours (10am-6pm daily) and a new lakefront parking decal is required for all vehicles at all lakefront parking lots. Residents are required to purchase a decal.
Inclement Weather Policy: Beach operating hours are subject to prevailing weather conditions, including electrical storms, wave conditions, and heavy rains. If lightning and/or thunder is seen/heard, the water and beach will be cleared and not re-open until 30 minutes pass without lightning and/or thunder. If inclement weather continues for a period longer than three hours, the beach will be closed for the remainder of the day.
Water Quality: Beaches are tested on a daily basis for bacteria levels by the Lake County Department of Health. The tests are reviewed, and the Department of Health recommends whether the beaches should be open or closed. For the health and safety of our patrons, the Park District of Highland Park follows the recommendations made by the Lake County Department of Health. Call the Lake County Health Department at 847.377.8030 for more information.
Hold your next event along the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan! The Rosewood Interpretive Center and our picnic tables are the perfect spot for group meetings, family gatherings, or birthday parties.