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Gladstone Lake

Henderson County - Illinois
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Gladstone Lake is located in Henderson County one mile southwest of the Village of Gladstone. Access to the lake is also off of U.S. Route 34, one mile to the north.
The lake has a maximum depth of 25 feet with the bottom contour very irregular due to a series of underwater ridges. The 1.5 miles of shoreline is accessible to bank fishing. A boat ramp is provided along the southeast shoreline.

Formation of Gladstone Lake started in 1910 and continued until 1947 as sand was dredged from the site to be used by steam locomotives as rail traction. In 1961, the site was purchased by the Illinois Department of Conservation and developed as a state park, known today as the Henderson County Conservation Area.

- 48 inch minimum and 1 fish per day harvest limit.
Largemouth or Smallmouth Bass:
-1 fish greater than or equal to 15 inches and/or 2 fish less than 12 inches. 3 fish daily harvest limit.
Bluegill or Redear Sunfish:
- 10 fish daily harvest limit.
Channel or Blue Catfish:
- 6 Fish daily harvest limit.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Gladstone Lake, IL

How big is Gladstone Lake?
Gladstone Lake is approximately 27 sq acres (0.1 sq km) in size.

How deep is Gladstone Lake?
Gladstone Lake is approximately 25 feet (7.6 m) at its deepest point.

What kind of fish can you catch in Gladstone Lake?
Although thery may be others but anglers can expect to find a variety of fish including Black Crappie, Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass and Muskie in Gladstone Lake.

Other fish species in the lake include Redear Sunfish.

What are the closest cities to Gladstone Lake?
Nearby cities and towns include Gladstone, IL, Oquawka, IL and Biggsville, IL.

Are there places to stay in the Gladstone Lake 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! Gladstone Lake 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 Gladstone Lake?
Yes, you can find numerous options in the area. Click the button below to see what's nearby.

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

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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 historic flood of 2008 on the Mississippi River inundated Gladstone Lake and contaminated it with undesirable, non-sportfish. Within a four year period, the introduced fish had resulted in a very poor quality sport fishery. In 2012, the lake was rehabilitated with a fish toxicant to remove the undesirable fish and then restocked in 2012 and 2013.

The lake and its sport fishery are evaluated annually.

Controling Authority
Big River State Park:
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Rob Hilsabeck

What is the average air temp for Gladstone Lake?
Looking forward to your next adventure at Gladstone Lake? 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 83°F (28°C) to a low around 63°F (17°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 Gladstone Lake?
Enjoy more of the outdoors with a visit to an area state park. There are 3 state parks in the vacinity of Gladstone Lake.

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

More Nearby Lakes To Explore
There's more lake's to explore around Gladstone Lake...
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Carthage Lake 6.2 mi 52
Orchard City Lake 6.4 mi 35
Snag Lake 7.8 mi 29,502
Lily Lake 8.2 mi 37
Long Lake 8.4 mi 37
Rhodes Lake 8.9 mi 72
Millman Lake 9.6 mi 136
Fish Lake 10.4 mi 126
Clear Lake 10.6 mi 32
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