Otter Cove Aquatic Park


The St. Charles Park District runs and maintains the Otter Cove Aquatic Park community pool. The splash park has a children’s water play area that is interactive and safe. There are multiple features and amenities such as the lazy river, a lap pool, zero-depth entry pool, diving boards, toddler pool, sand play area, tube and body slides, concession stands, cabanas for relaxing, pavilions, and more. The wildlife-themed outdoor water park is perfect for swimming, wading, sliding, climbing and floating.

Otter Cove was designed and constructed based on the latest industry standards, whereas other area pools are dated. The community center pool is a state-of-the-art facility that has an amazing appearance and a design that no other area pools can rival. Also, the park was constructed with utmost safety precautions. 

Food and drinks can be brought into the park, but can only be consumed in designated concession areas or at The Dive Concessions. The Dive Concessions sells hot dogs, pizza, small snacks and beverages.

Please dress appropriately when you visit Otter Cove; swimsuits only (if you plan to go in the water). Sports bras, sport shorts, basketball shorts, cutoff jeans, underwear, thong bikinis and swimsuits deemed unfitting for a family environment are not allowed. Small children should wear thermal swim suits since their body mass is much lower than older children and that of adults. Therefore, small children are most susceptible to harmful effects of UV rays. Small hats for toddlers and under may also prevent harmful UV rays. 

The pool temperatures are more than comfortable: Crayfish Canal Lap Pool is between 80 and 82 degrees; the Frog Bog Activity Pool and the Dragonfly Den Toddler Pool both have temperatures between 84 and 86 degrees; the Turtle Creek Lazy River has a water temperature between 82 and 84 degrees. 

Ellis & Associates is the top national water park safety program that trains the lifeguard staff at Otter Cove Aquatic Park. Each lifeguard must pass a 20-hour training program which includes AED training, lifeguard rescue skills, emergency procedures, community CPR and oxygen administration training. Also, the lifeguards must attend weekly training sessions, as well as participate and pass surprise simulations. Auditors from the lifeguard training company conduct 3 unannounced visits to audit staff performance throughout the year. 

Please keep all questions to lifeguards brief so Otter Cove can ensure a trained professional is attentive to each assigned area throughout every minute of the day. Please remember that lifeguards are on duty to respond in case of an emergency, as well as to enforce the rules. Therefore, if you need more clarification on a rule or procedure, please speak to the pool manager on duty or the Aquatic Supervisor.

Recommendations for Safe and Healthy Fun for Yourself and Others

  • When entering and exiting the pool on days that are a tad bit cooler, it will help to have a towel that wraps completely around you to keep warm. For small children, a robe or a hooded towel will aid in keeping them warm.
  • Before entering the facility, read about the guidelines regarding safety. For aquatic park rules, click here
  • Make sure your child wears a swim diaper while swimming if they are not toilet trained. Also, remember to check their diaper frequently and change the diaper as needed to prevent contamination of the water. You may visit Guest Services at Otter Cove to purchase swim diapers if you need to.
  • Call Otter Cove Aquatic Park at 630-513-4377 to ensure the facility is open during the time you would like to swim.

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