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Lake Springfield

Sangamon County - Illinois
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Lake Springfield is a 3,866-acre reservoir located in central Illinois, just south of Springfield. It has a maximum depth of approximately 30 feet and average depth of 13 feet. The lake was created in the 1930s by the City of Springfield by the damming of Lick and Sugar creeks as a source of drinking water, but it has since become a popular destination for fishing, boating, and other outdoor activities.

Lake Springfield is known for its excellent crappie, bass, and catfish fishing, but anglers can also catch bluegill, redear sunfish, and other species. The lake has several boat ramps and fishing docks, making it easy for anglers to access the water. There are also several parks and picnic areas around the lake, as well as a marina that offers boat rentals and other services.

In addition to fishing and boating, Lake Springfield offers opportunities for hiking, biking, and wildlife viewing. The lake is surrounded by several parks and nature preserves, including the Adams Wildlife Sanctuary and the Carpenter Park Nature Preserve.

Lake Springfield also has a number of amenities for visitors, including a golf course, a zoo, and a botanical garden. The lake hosts several events throughout the year, including fishing tournaments, boat races, and festivals.

Overall, Lake Springfield is a great destination for outdoor enthusiasts and families looking for a variety of activities in a beautiful natural setting. Whether you're fishing, boating, hiking, or just enjoying the scenery, Lake Springfield has something for everyone.
Note: When fishing on Lake Springfield, lake rules require you maintain 100? distance from private property.

Site Regulations:
Largemouth bass: 15? minimum length limit with a creel limit of 6 per day
Crappie: 10? minimum length limit with a creel limit of 10 fish per day
Walleye/sauger: 14? minimum length limit with a creel limit of 6/day

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Frequently Asked Questions About Lake Springfield, IL

How big is Lake Springfield?
Lake Springfield is approximately 3,866 sq acres (15.6 sq km) in size with 53 miles (84.8 km) of shoreline.

How deep is Lake Springfield?
Lake Springfield is approximately 30 feet (9.2 m) at its deepest point with an average depth of 13 feet (4.0 m).

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

Other fish species in the lake include Crappie.

What are the closest cities to Lake Springfield?
Nearby cities and towns include Southern View, IL, Rochester, IL and Springfield, IL.

Are there places to stay in the Lake Springfield 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 Springfield 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 topographical lake maps available Lake Springfield?
We have an topograpical map for online viewing near the top of this page. Lake-Link Pro users can download an print a topograpical map of Lake Springfield (.pdf format) along with 2,700 more lake maps. For more information on all the benefits of Lake-Link Pro click here.

Are there places to eat and drink near Lake Springfield?
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 Springfield?
What does the future look like for Lake Springfield? We have some insignt on what to expect for a number of fish species in Lake Springfield.

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History & Status of the Fishery
The Division of Fisheries entered into a formal Cooperative Management Agreement in 1984 with the City of Springfield to manage the sport fishery. Lake Springfield has a small power plant on the lake that keeps the lower end of the lake open to fishing year round. Lake Springfield has four concrete boat ramps for easy access.

A total of 45 fish species have been collected in Lake Springfield since 1984. While their numbers and potential for successful angling are low, anglers may catch green sunfish, green sunfish x bluegill hybrid, freshwater drum, redear sunfish, or yellow bullhead.

Controling Authority
City of Springfield
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Tad Locher

What is the average air temp for Lake Springfield?
Looking forward to your next adventure at Lake Springfield? 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 52°F (11°C) to a low around 34°F (1°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 Springfield?
Enjoy more of the outdoors with a visit to an area state park. There are 1 state park in the vacinity of Lake Springfield.

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

Lake Springfield Reviews
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john f.
3 star rating
Like any other lake it has it on and off days, but overall it has been a very good year for channel. I have personally caught 10 near 5 lbs. 1 near 10 I have caught keeper Large Mouth bass, not many crappie but plenty of gills
Reviewed Sep 28, 2010
james b.
3 star rating
Great variety of fish with many good bank spots, but as always better when on a boat. I usually catch good #s just not much size except for the cats.
Reviewed Mar 11, 2008
phil j.
5 star rating
Great fishery in our back yard. I have never gone out and not had some success. This lake is a Bass factory.
Reviewed Jul 14, 2006

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