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Lake Springfield

Lake Springfield, located in central Illinois near the city of Springfield is the largest city-owned lake in Illinois providing over 4,230 acres of multi-purpose waters, including waters in which to boat, swim and fish.

Created in 1931-1935 by the building of the Spaulding Dam across Sugar Creek, which is a tributary of the Sangamon River, Lake Springfield's primary purposes continue to be met. The lake provides a source of tap and drinking water for the people of Illinois' capital city of Springfield and surrounding towns, cooling water for the City Water, Light & Power coal-fired power-generating plant and recreational water for all to enjoy.

Culturally located, Lake Springfield not only borders Abraham Lincoln Memorial Garden, the Henson Robinson Zoo and a local arboretum, it is close to the University of Illinois' campus in Springfield.

Owned and operated by City Water, Light and Power, Lake Springfield and its 57 miles of shoreline, which includes over 735 residences, eight public parks and several public boat launch ramps, the lake and lake-area parks host over 600,000 recreational visitors each year.


Lake Springfield is known to anglers for excellent catches of warm-water fish such as bluegill, largemouth bass, flathead catfish, blue catfish and crappie.

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


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    Lake Springfield Illinois Coordinates:
39.6950N -89.6155W
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Lake Type:
Surface Area:
4,234 acres
Maximum Depth:
32 ft
Normal Water Clarity:
6-10 ft
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Lake Springfield welcomes all boat and motor types and sizes, which allows for exciting opportunities for owners of high-powered motor boats and water sports' lovers. Even so, there's plenty of room for boaters looking for a peaceful and relaxing day on the water. Lake Springfield is enjoyed by boaters using pontoons, small fishing boats, canoes, rowboats, kayaks, houseboats, cruisers and sailboats.


Lake Springfield lodging options include campgrounds, cottages and rental cabins around the lake while motels/hotels, bed-n-breakfasts, country inns, lodges and resorts are plentiful in nearby towns.

Please consult the Lake Resource Guide for information on lodging and events in the area.


Illinois' closest major city to Lake Springfield is Springfield, which is the capital of Illinois. Other nearby cities and towns, each with its own unique offerings, include: Chatham, Taylorville, Lincoln, Jacksonville, and Decatur. Lake Springfield flows through parts of Sangamon County.

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