Boat Launches

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Church St. Boat Ramp

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The Church St. Boat Ramp is for the launching of power boats, personal watercrafts and large sailboats.  The ramp opens in early May and closes in late October, depending on weather and dredging conditions.

A season launch permit must be purchased for each boat/vessel you would like to launch.  Evanston resident boat owners are required to show proof of residency to obtain resident rates.  Daily launch permits are not available.
Along with your season launch permit, you also receive a gate card to access the Church St. Boat Ramp parking lot and a hang tag to be able to park your vehicle with the trailer in the lot, if spaces are available.
Season launch permits go on sale April 1, 2017.
Seson launch permit rates: $300 Resident / $550 Non-Resident


Church St. Boat Ramp information and application for the 2017 season: Church St Season Launch Permit Packet

Dempster St. Launch Facility

The Dempster St. Launch Facility is for the launching, retrieval and storage of non-motorized vessels, small sailboats (sunfish, laser, etc.), catamarans, windsurfing boards, canoes, stand up paddle boards and kayaks.  Only approved and permitted vessels may launch at this facility.  Boats must be light enough to be carried across the sand.  Limited parking is adjacent to the facility.  The facility officially opens on Saturday, May 20 and closes on Tuesday, October 31.  The facility hours are 9:00 a.m. to dusk.

Dempster St. Launch Facility information and application for the 2017 season: Dempster St Launch Facility Information Packet

Renewing or moving your storage spot for returning users:

Renewing your storage spot
  1. Please e-mail that you would like to renew the space you rented for 2016.
  2. Once you confirm that you would like to renew your storage space(s), you will be e-mailed a receipt showing the space(s) has been rented for 2017 and the amount due.
  3. The deadline to renew is Monday, March 13
  4. There are 3 ways to pay the balance for your storage space(s):
  5. The balance must be paid by Thursday, March 16 at 5pm, otherwise the space(s) will not be renewed and you would have to register for the move list to keep a storage space.
  6. If you had an additional Dempster St. Launch only pass, you will have to fill out application in the packet.

Changing your storage spot

  1. Please e-mail and indicate you would like to be registered for the Dempster St. Move List.
  2. The deadline to register for the move list is Monday, March 20 at 5pm.
  3. You, or a representative, will need to attend a meeting on Tuesday, March 21 at 6pm in the Linden Room of the Levy Senior Center, 300 Dodge Ave., to pick your new spot.
  4. After your new spot is selected, you will be required to pay the full storage fee.

Directions for signing up for the storage waitlist for new users:

Anyone wanting to register for the vessel-specific wait list for a new combo launch/storage permit may do so ONLINE, using the following class numbers:

Class #753906 A-E (residents; 60201 & 60202 zip codes)
Class #753907 A-E (non-residents)

Once you register for the appropriate wait list, you will move up as boaters ahead of you get permits.  Staff will assign open spots to boaters, using the wait list.

Click on this link to register:

Dempster Daily Launch Permits

Daily launch permits go on sale Saturday, May 20 at 10:00 a.m. at the Dempster St. Beach Office, 1251 Lakeshore Blvd.