Lake Lou Yaeger

One of the hidden gems in the central Illinois heartland, Lake Lou Yaeger provides over 1200 acres of recreational enjoyment to residents and visitors alike. Built in 1966 for flood control, recreation and water supply, Lake Lou Yaeger has become…

Evergreen Lake

Comlara County Park

One of Central Illinois’ best-kept secret lies just north of Bloomington: Evergreen Lake. When the growing city needed additional water supply in 1971, Six Mile Creek was dammed to create new Evergreen Lake. Then, needing even more water storage, the…

Lake Wildwood IL

Pool and Sports Complex

Build it and they will come’ is the true story behind Lake Wildwood in Central Illinois. As the population grew in the 1960s and 1970s, developers found a willing market for new lakefront developments. A new lake on the mostly…

Lake Petersburg

Something in human nature seems to require a water body to feel complete: Lake Petersburg fills that need. The people of Petersburg on the border between Illinois’ Central and Western Regions felt the lack and created a lake. Lovely Lake…

Lake Taylorville

Completed in 1962 by the City of Taylorville, Illinois, Lake Taylorville is the city’s source of water and a major recreation facility. The reservoir was created by damming the south fork of the Sangamon River. With more than 50 miles…

Lake Mattoon

Shore View of Lake Mattoon

Surrounded by farmlands in the Central region of Illinois is Lake Mattoon. A quiet and tranquil retreat for many Illinoisans and out-of-towners, the lake is also a dynamic and lively location for the bustles of summer. Fishing tournaments, waterfowl hunting…

Lake Springfield

View of Lake Springfield

Lake Springfield at Springfield, Illinois is the largest municipally owned lake in Illinois at 4,234 acres. City Water, Light & Power built the reservoir primarily as a source of drinking water for the city and a source of condenser cooling…

Lake Sara

Beautiful Lake Sara

Lake Sara – a refreshing oasis in central Illinois! What does a community like Effingham Illinois do when they run out of water? They build a reservoir like Lake Sara. Located in the Central Region of Illinois, Effingham County, like…

Lake Iroquois

Three little boys scramble out of the fishing boat while their nervous father says a silent prayer that the boat won’t tip over. It is a ritual they have repeated every Saturday since they moved into their home on Iroquois…

Lake Catatoga

Sunset over Lake Catatoga

Illinois’ peaceful Lake Catatoga is situated between St. Louis and Springfield, just 15 miles west of the city of Litchfield. This sparkling body of water features a surface area of 66 acres and a dam on its northern end. It…

Lake Carlinville

Located in the Central region of Illinois, Lake Carlinville (also known as Carlinville Lake) is a 355-acre lake used for drinking water and recreation for the City of Carlinville and the surrounding area. Built in 1939 the lake was the…

Lake Glenn Shoals

Lake Glenn Shoals, also known as Glenn Shoals Lake, is located near Hillsboro, Illinois. The City of Hillsboro built the lake for flood control and water supply purposes but over the years the lake has become a popular recreational area…

Kellart Lake

For a select and lucky few, Kellart Lake is a scenic and peaceful retreat. An hour and a half from Chicago, 45 minutes from Bloomington, Champaign and Kankakee, and two miles from Cissna Park in southeast Illinois, this 65-acre lake…

Lake Shelbyville

Seventeen miles and thousands of acres of water stretch out in front of power boaters leaving the dam at Lake Shelbyville. In addition to its wide expanses, Shelbyville Lake is rimmed with fingers and coves, making it an ideal choice…

Clinton Lake IL

Travel to central Illinois and you’ll find Clinton Lake, a 4,900 acre lake just 3 miles east of Clinton. Though the lake was originally built as a cooling tank for the Clinton Nuclear Generation Station, the reservoir pulls double duty…