• Pool Type Indoor Leisure
  • Project Type Resorts & Hospitality, Water Parks
  • Project Service Design Services
  • StatusCompleted 2005
  • ArchitectGrand Bear Development


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Grizzly Jack’s Grand Bear Lodge Resort & Waterpark

Utica, IL

Grand Bear Lodge 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.

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.