Lake Eureka

Woodford County - Illinois
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Lake Eureka is located within the city limits of Eureka in Woodford County, Illinois. The lake is surrounded by a city park that offers playground and day-use facilities for the general public.
Only catch-and-release fishing will be available for 2 years after the rehabilitation.

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Caught by George Baumann
Caught by George Baumann
Caught by George Baumann

Frequently Asked Questions About Lake Eureka, IL

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

How deep is Lake Eureka?
Lake Eureka is approximately 13 feet (4.0 m) at its deepest point.

What kind of fish can you catch in Lake Eureka?
Although thery may be others but anglers can expect to find a variety of fish including Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, White Crappie and Yellow Bullhead in Lake Eureka.

Are there places to stay in the Lake Eureka 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 Eureka 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 Eureka?
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 Eureka?
What does the future look like for Lake Eureka? We have some insignt on what to expect for a number of fish species in Lake Eureka.

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History & Status of the Fishery
Lake Eureka was built in the early 1940s as a WPA project to create a safe water source for the City of Eureka. In the early 1980s, the water intakes of the intake tower became obstructed. At that time, a proposal to use wells for water was designed and built. Because the lake was no longer a potable water supply, it was rehabilitated using rotenone to remove a very bad fish population. The lake was immediately restocked with largemouth bass, bluegill and channel catfish. An excellent game fish population resulted from the rehabilitation work.

NOTE: Lake Eureka continued to have an excellent fishery until 2013, when a severe winter caused a winter fish-kill to occur. During 2014 and 2015 an effort to restock the lake and remove common carp breeders, which were able to reproduce in 2014, was attempted.

A fall survey of the fish population was completed and showed that the restocking effort for game fish after the 2013-2014 winter kill had been effective at creating large populations of bass, bluegill and crappie. Many young-of-the-year bass and bluegill were present in the electrofishing sample. All of these fish showed good to excellent growth rates. As part of our removal of common carp effort, the lake was drawn down in the fall and electroshocking equipment was used in several efforts to remove as many brood carp as was possible. We were able to remove 110 common carp in 3 electrofishing efforts.

A spring and fall population sample in 2016, 2017 and 2018 showed a tremendous population of fast-growing common carp are present at Lake Eureka. Because of the large successful spawns of common carp over the past 3 years, it is now necessary to totally remove all fish from the lake and restock fingerling bass, bluegill, redear and channel catfish in 2019. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources worked with the City of Eureka on this complete fishery rehabilitation. The lake was drawn down to the limits of the valve drain and rotenone was applied by boat and backpack sprayer to remove all live fish in September of 2018. The lake will be restocked from the months of October 2018 thru July 2019.

Controling Authority
City of Eureka Administrator
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Blake Bushman

What is the average air temp for Lake Eureka?
Looking forward to your next adventure at Lake Eureka? 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 63°F (17°C) to a low around 42°F (6°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 Eureka?
Enjoy more of the outdoors with a visit to an area state park. There are 2 state parks in the vacinity of Lake Eureka.

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

Lake Eureka Reviews
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george b.
4 star rating
This is a good place to take the family for fishing and a picnic or cook out. Lake is heavily fished on weekends and sometimes late afternoon.
Reviewed Apr 21, 2008
chance m.
1 star rating
Poor populations and very small fish. Crappies are plentiful but are very small. I rarely catch anything at this lake.
Reviewed Jun 23, 2001

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