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Lake Paradise

Coles County - Illinois
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Lake Paradise is located approximately four miles south of Mattoon in Coles County.
The City of Mattoon (217/234-3611) collects a boating access fee which covers Lake Mattoon as well. Recreational opportunities include fishing and limited boating. There is a no-wake regulation in effect on the entire lake. All tournaments must be registered through ifishillinois.org.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Lake Paradise, IL

How big is Lake Paradise?
Lake Paradise is approximately 138 sq acres (0.6 sq km) in size.

How deep is Lake Paradise?
Lake Paradise is approximately 16 feet (4.9 m) at its deepest point with an average depth of 9 feet (2.7 m).

What kind of fish can you catch in Lake Paradise?
Although thery may be others but anglers can expect to find a variety of fish including Bluegill, Carp, Channel Catfish, Drum (Sheepshead), Flathead Catfish, Largemouth Bass and White Crappie in Lake Paradise.

Other fish species in the lake include Redear Sunfish and Saugeye.

Are there places to stay in the Lake Paradise area?
Are you craving a weekend escape from the hustle and bustle of city life? Or maybe you're an avid angler in search of the perfect fishing spot? Look no further! Lake Paradise and its surrounding area offer an abundance of options to suit your needs. If you're in need of accommodation, check out our area map which highlights some of the best places to stay. And if you're looking for even more options, head on over to our Travel section. But why settle for a traditional hotel or resort when you can take your adventure to the next level by renting a RV? The open road awaits you!
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Are there places to eat and drink near Lake Paradise?
Yes, you can find numerous options in the area. Click the button below to see what's nearby.

What is the fishing outlook for Lake Paradise?
What does the future look like for Lake Paradise? We have some insignt on what to expect for a number of fish species in Lake Paradise.

Explore the Lake Paradise area in a RV
Are you looking for an adventurous vacation option that won't break the bank? Look no further than renting an RV! Contrary to popular belief, the process is much simpler than you might imagine. With just a few easy steps, you'll soon be experiencing the ultimate freedom and convenience of exploring the open road in your very own recreational vehicle. And the best part? RV travel can save you up to 60% compared to other types of vacations! With the money you'll save, you'll be able to travel even more and create unforgettable memories along the way. So why wait? Start planning your next adventure today with an RV rental. Learn more about renting a RV.

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History & Status of the Fishery
The fish population in Lake Paradise is surveyed intensively every two years. The fish are measured, weighed, and scales collected before releasing them alive. Annual evaluations of saugeye have been made. Saugeye and channel catfish have been maintained by annual stockings from IDNR hatcheries. Desirable species of aquatic vegetation have been introduced in an attempt to improve water quality, reduce shoreline erosion, and provide valuable and necessary fish habitat. Unfortunately, despite an extensive effort, success is limited.

Yellow bass, longear sunfish, green sunfish, black bullheads, and yellow bullheads are present, but are seldom harvested by anglers due to the small size attained by these species. Gizzard shad is the primary forage for sportfish.

Controling Authority
City of Mattoon
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Jim Garavaglia

What is the average air temp for Lake Paradise?
Looking forward to your next adventure at Lake Paradise? Don't forget to plan ahead! Weather can be unpredictable, but we've got you covered. On average, air temperatures during this time of year range from a high around 43°F (6°C) to a low around 25°F (-4°C). Of course, these are just historical averages, so be prepared for anything Mother Nature throws your way. For the most up-to-date weather information, be sure to check out our Weather Bar located at the top of this page.

Are there any state parks near Lake Paradise?
Enjoy more of the outdoors with a visit to an area state park. There are 3 state parks in the vacinity of Lake Paradise.

For more Illinois State Park information see our State Park Guide.

Lake Paradise Reviews
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craig b.
5 star rating
i love this lake i can catch alot of fish on this lake i never leave this lake empty handed.
Reviewed May 11, 2011
craig b.
5 star rating
i fish this lake alot and know all the good spots
Reviewed Mar 23, 2011
chuck h.
5 star rating
oops! I forgot. Requires a Mattoon Lake Liscense and has a 10 H.P. Motor limit.
Reviewed Mar 21, 2004

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