Details about Trail-in Permits

  • Kayaks and stand up paddleboards are the only vessels able to be launched at Gillson Park.
  • Trail-in launches are permitted every day from Memorial Day through Labor Day for the 2022 Season.
  • Launch and land area is on South Beach north of the pier. Vessels may not land and exit on the sailing beach at any time.
  • Vessels are not to operate near or enter the swim area.
  • Lifejackets are required and patrons must follow all Coast Guard regulations.
  • Permit stickers must be affixed to vessels.
  • One Trail-in permit sticker per vessel, permit stickers are not transferrable.
  • Only season Trail-in permits are available. No daily passes are available.
  • Trail-In fee includes vessel sticker and season parking pass.
Permit Fee
Trail-In Permit R-$194 / NR-$420


Purchase a Trail-In Permit

Trail-in permits are available for purchase in person at the Lakeview Center until May 27 and at the Beach House starting May 28.

Lakeview Center Hours: Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Address: 800 Gillson Park Drive Wilmette, IL 60091

Beach House Hours: 7 days a week 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Address: 101 Lake Ave Wilmette, IL 60091