Grizzly Jack’s Grand Bear Lodge Resort & Waterpark

Utica, IL


Counsilman-Hunsaker was commissioned to design Illinois' first indoor waterpark at Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Lodge. The resort's waterpark includes a broad range of amenities to appeal to a variety of adventure-seeking guests.




Pool Type

Indoor Leisure

Project Type

Resort Hospitality

Water Park

Project Service

Design Services

Design Build

Operations Services


Completed 2005


Grand Bear Development

Project Amenities

One such feature is the waterslide—the first of its kind— to use motion, video, and sound to create a unique experience. During the 30-second ride down the 330 ft. closed-flume slide (which spirals outside the natatorium and back in), swimmers can enjoy adventures ranging from playful butterflies to being attacked by a shark.

The wave pool is another popular feature with a zero-depth “ocean style” entry. The wave pool leads guests through a series of water sprays that shoot up from the ground, waterfalls, lazy river, and family slide. The lazy river weaves around the park, passing a cold-water whirlpool and another waterfall.

The children’s play area offers tons of fun and entertainment with features such as a themed waterslide and bear-themed water spray.

In addition, an oversized hot-water spa can accommodate and welcome the lodge’s many guests.

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