Lake Springfield, Illinois, USA

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 water for the their power plant complex. As an added byproduct, it has become a major recreation center for central Illinois. Along the lake’s shoreline, visitors will find multiple public – READ THE FULL ARTICLE

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Looking for Lake Springfield cabins or other accommodations? Save time and use this interactive map to find, compare and book at the best rates. Or explore more of our favorite travel partners.

All About Lake Springfield

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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 water for the their power plant complex. As an added byproduct, it has become a major recreation center for central Illinois.

Along the lake’s shoreline, visitors will find multiple public parks, several public boat docks and launches, a marina and a large sandy beach with a swimming area making access to Lake Springfield easy and abundant. Windsurfing, waterskiing, canoeing, motorboats, pontoons, rowboats, and sailboats are enjoyed by many visitors.

With many public fishing spots along the shoreline, anglers may have hard time choosing the perfect spot. It has been noted that about 15 different species of sport fish have been caught here over the years. The largest percentage of fish reeled in from Lake Springfield include channel catfish, white crappie, bluegill, largemouth bass, flathead catfish, carp, striped bass, and tiger muskie.

City Water, Light, & Power have also set aside land for two wildlife areas. Lick Creek Wildlife Preserve is 340 acres of land located at the western-most end of Lake Springfield. With hiking trails throughout the preserve, visitors will enjoy the wide variety of native flora and fauna along the hills and marshy land. The Wildlife Sanctuary is about 12 acres and has a small playground, picnic areas, and a dock that allows access to the park from the lake.

Lake front living is available at Lake Springfield through City Water, Light & Power’s real estate division. There are over 700 home sites along the shoreline, but the land is owned by City Water, Light & Power. The homes are privately built and owned by the land lease holders.

For some time away from the fun at Lake Springfield, visit the city of Springfield, Illinois which has been the state capital since 1837. The most famous Springfield resident was the 16th president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. Numerous historic sites throughout the city document Lincoln’s life including the only home he ever owned which is now a national park. Other sites of interest include the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Lincoln’s Tomb, his law office, and the depot where he left for Washington, DC.

If hunger pangs strike after a swim in Lake Springfield, Springfield offers a wide range of restaurants with varied menus. For a taste of history, try a “cozy dog”, more commonly known as a corndog on a stick, which was claimed to be invented here. Also, alleged to be started in the city is the first drive-thru window in operation in the United States which is still open for business today.

Whether your visit is for one day or two weeks, you will find a variety of vacation rentals to meet your needs. Hotels and motels are located around the area with rates to fit most any budget. Bed and Breakfast Inns abound including some with historic significance of the area. Multiple campgrounds and RV parks are located throughout the the Lake Springfield locale.

With the excitement and attractions of Springfield, there is sure to be something of interest for everyone on your trip. Add in all the fun of swimming, fishing, and boating, at Lake Springfield and this trip will be provide lasting memories for all. Plan your visit today.

Things to Do at Lake Springfield

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Beach
  • Canoeing
  • Water Skiing
  • Camping
  • Campground
  • Picnicking
  • Hiking
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • National Park
  • Museum
  • Playground

Fish Species Found at Lake Springfield

  • Bass
  • Black Bass
  • Bluegill
  • Carp
  • Catfish
  • Channel Catfish
  • Crappie
  • Flathead Catfish
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Muskellunge
  • Pike
  • Striped Bass
  • Sunfish
  • Tiger Muskellunge
  • White Crappie

All About Lake Springfield

Best hotels and vacation rentals at Lake Springfield

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Recommended Sites to Book a Lake Springfield Vacation

If you want to take a deeper dive to find waterfront lake cabins, cottages, condos, hotels or resorts, check out our favorite Lake Springfield lodging partners.

  • VRBO – Use VRBO to find the perfect lake rental home, condo, cabin, cottage or other vacation property.
  • Booking.com – One of the world’s leading digital travel companies, Booking.com connects travelers to everything from cozy B&Bs to luxury resorts.
  • Expedia – Expedia is a popular online travel agency with more than 140,000 lodging properties worldwide.
  • Hotels.com – With more than 325,000 hotels in 19,000-plus locations, Hotels.com is an industry leader in online accommodations.
  • TripAdvisor – Read traveler reviews and compare prices on hotels, vacation rentals and more at TripAdvisor.
  • Trivago – Trivago helps travelers compare deals for hotels and other accommodations from a variety of booking sites.
  • KAYAK – KAYAK scours hundreds of other travel websites at once to find the best deals on hotels and other travel-related services.
  • RVshare –RVshare connects travelers interested in renting a motorhome with owners who have RVs to rent.
  • CampSpot – Campspot offers premier RV resorts, family campgrounds, cabins and glamping options across North America.
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Lake Type: Not Known

Water Level Control: City Water Light and Power

Surface Area: 4,234 acres

Shoreline Length: 57 miles

Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 561 feet

Maximum Depth: 30 feet

Drainage Area: 265 sq. miles

Trophic State: Mesotrophic

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  • hot tub
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