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Lake Mattoon

Nestled in east central Illinois the municipally-owned Lake Mattoon boasts more than 1,050 acres of resourceful waters, which flow through three Illinois counties. Less than 300 acres flow through parts of Coles and Cumberland counties while nearly three-fourths of the lake flows in Shelby County. Lake Mattoon, completed in 1957 by the completion of a dam 12 miles southwest of the City of Mattoon was formed to provide a second lake to ensure an adequate water supply to the people of Mattoon and Neoga while also providing a recreational lake for boating and fishing enthusiasts. Although the lake's maximum depth is around 35 feet, the average depth is only ten feet. Four miles long by only a half mile wide, Lake Mattoon's 56-mile shoreline is defined by a lush and colorful treeline nestled among rolling farmlands.

Lake Mattoon continues to gain popularity as a favorite recreational site for seasonal camping, almost year-round fishing and boating and festive events, one of which is the Bagel Fest held in July.


The city of Mattoon manages and stocks the lake with bluegill, bass, crappie and catfish, which has resulted in an abundance of healthy fish populations eager to bite on your bait. The city provides boat launch ramps, fishing piers and bank fishing areas, none of which are free of charge.

Anglers enjoy participating in the frequent fishing tournaments held on this lake while sailors enjoy competing in the sailboat races held here. The Annual Y-Flyer Fleet 39 Regatta is held every year during the second week of June.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources Division of Fisheries offers "Hook-and-Line" and "Spear/Bow and Arrow" Sport Fishing Awards to recognize anglers for fish caught in Illinois' waters. (Click here for details.)


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    Lake Mattoon Illinois Coordinates:
39.3333N -88.4817W
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1,050 acres
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2-10 ft
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Lake Mattoon welcomes all boat and motor types and sizes with no horsepower limits, which allows water sports' lovers to go waterskiing, wake boarding, tubing and more.

All boats/trailers are required to be registered with the State of Illinois and the City of Mattoon. In addition, boaters are required to purchase a permit to boat on Lake Mattoon. Stickers, which must be displayed on each boat and trailer, can be purchased at the City Clerk's Office or the Marina on the west central shore of Lake Mattoon.

Lake Mattoon provides an inviting public beach area, which is located across from the Marina. The beach is open to the public from sunrise to sunset from Memorial Day weekend until Labor Day weekend. Beach goers will find no lifeguard is on duty. A pavilion on the beach is used for events on a first come, first serve basis.


Lake Mattoon lodging options include two seasonal campgrounds on opposites sides of the lake, which are available from April to October. Both campgrounds offer sites with water and electricity for which campers pay. Tent camping sites, which have no electricity, are also available. Some residents on the lake and nearby offer their homes for vacationers to rent.

Please consult the Lake Resource Guide for more information about the lodging possibilities in the area.


Illinois's closest major city to Lake Mattoon is Decatur. Nearby cities and towns, each with its own unique offerings, include: Mattoon, Neoga, Effingham, Charleston, Urbana, and Champaign. Lake Mattoon flows through parts of Shelby, Coles and Cumberland counties.

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