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Lake Springfield, IL

Known as the top of the class for catfish fishing, Lake Springfield is a 3,850-acre lake on the southern outskirts of Springfield, IL. Much of the over 50 miles of shoreline is tree-lined, private property, making it hard to do shoreline fishing.

There are areas where fishing from the bank is an option, including specified "Fishing Areas". There is a marina, restaurants, boat launch ramps and boat rentals to enhance boating excursions. Canoes and kayaks are a simple way to do a little fishing and some sightseeing. In addition to excellent, year-round catfish fishing, the lake has populations of bass, crappie, walleye, bluegill, white bass and other sunfish.

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What to fish for...

Fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, blue catfish, black crappie, white crappie, walleye, bluegill and white bass at Lake Springfield in Illinois.

Primary fish species residing in Lake Springfield

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Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Channel catfish Flathead catfish Blue catfish Black crappie White crappie Walleye Bluegill White Bass

Lake Springfield Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rental: NO
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: NEARBY
RV Hookups: NEARBY
Lodging: NEARBY
Convenience Store: NEARBY
Bait & Tackle: NEARBY
Restaurant: SEASONAL

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Fishing Boat Rentals

Lake Springfield Marina
Rentals: Fishing boats, canoes, kayaks and pontoon boats
217 483-3625

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Canoe & Kayak Launch Area
Located in the southwest section of the lake, west side, off Wildlife Road, this is a portage area with gravel parking.

Lake Springfield Marina Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, on the south side of the lake, off Waters Edge Blvd, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with docks and paved parking.

Lindsay Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, east side, at the east end of the Lindsay Bridge, this is a five-lane, concrete ramp with docks and paved parking.

Spaulding Dam Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northeast corner of the lake, off E Lake Shore Drive, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.


Lake Springfield Marina
17 Waters Edge Blvd
Springfield, IL 62712
217 483-3625

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Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Springfield KOA Campground - 217 498-7002

Double J Campground Campground - 217 483-9998

Lake Springfield IL Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

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Contact Information

Lake Springfield
Lake Springfield Marina
17 Waters Edge Blvd
Springfield, IL 62712
217 483-3625

City of Springfield, 217 789-2323


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