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Illinois Beach State Park

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  • Zion, IL (Lake County)
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Community Involvement Coordinator
Mike Joyce (joyce.mike@epa.gov)
312-353-5546 or 800-621-8431, ext. 35546

Press Team
Mick Hans (hans.mick@epa.gov)
312-353-5050 or 800-621-8431, ext. 35050

Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry (ATSDR) Contact
Lisa Breseno

Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Chris McCloud


(where to view written records)

Zion-Benton Public Library
2400 Gabriel Avenue
Zion, IL
(See Reference Librarian)


Illinois Beach state park is a 4,160-acre recreational area in Zion, Illinois, that includes 6.5 miles of shoreline along Lake Michigan. The park is north of Chicago and near Illinois' border with Wisconsin. Activities available for the public include swimming, fishing, hiking, bicycling, picnicking and camping. It is one of the state's most popular parks. The park is operated by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR).

The problem of Asbestos Containing Material (ACM) washing up on the park's beaches has been a concern since the late 1990s. ACM collected during beach sweeps appears to be primarily material related to housing construction.

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