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Lake Taylorville

Owned by the city of Taylorville, Taylorville Lake also known as Lake Taylorville, was created in 1962 by damming the South Fork of Illinois' Sangmon River, to provide a source of recreation and drinking water.

Bordered by two parks and the Lakeshore Golf Course visitors are delighted by the spectacular scenery surrounding Taylorville Lake. The lake provides more than 1,286 acres of clean, clear water contained by a 50-mile shoreline, which includes multiple coves.


Proclaimed to be one of the top five fishing lakes in Illinois Taylorville Lake hosts several local fishing tournaments on a regular basis.

The most common / sought after fish in this lake are bass, perch, crappie and sauger as these are the species stocked on an annual basis. Fishing docks and easy shoreline access offer alternative locations from where anglers can cast their lines.

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 at right to learn more.)


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    Lake Taylorville Illinois Coordinates:
39.4932N -89.2456W
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30 ft
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5-8 ft
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Taylorville Lake offers year-round motorboating, jet skiing, water skiing, canoeing and kayaking as weather permits. A clean, sandy beach and swimming area is maintained for visitors' enjoyment.

With a full service marina, several boat launch ramps and miles of shoreline, anglers and boaters have easy access to the water.


Taylorville Lake lodging options include campgrounds and rental cabins, which are available from April 1st through October 31st. Campers have easy access to hiking trails, biking trails, nature trails and picturesque views of Taylorville Lake's shoreline.

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


Illinois' closest major city to Lake Taylorville is Springfield. Nearby cities and towns, each with its own unique offerings, include: Decatur, Lincoln, Chatham, Effingham and Bloomington. Lake Taylorville flows through parts of Christian County.

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