Lake Springfield

Lake Springfield is a reservoir covering 4,260 acres (17.2 km2) at the southeast edge Springfield, Illinois. It is 560 feet (170m) above sealevel. Spaulding Dam was built across Sugar Creek, a tributary to the Sangamon River, to create the lake in 1931-1935.

The lake was built at a cost $2.5 million in 1930s dollars. It serves two purposes: to supply water for Springfield and to cool the City Water, Light & Power co-fired electric generating plant. It has been a focal point for local recreation. The lake is home to many warm-water fish and motor boats with high horsepower are permitted on a large portion of it.

Lake Springfield can also be seen from Interstate 55. The lake is crossed by the highway on two bridges, one at milepost 88 and one at milepost 89. Access to the lake can be made from exits 88 (East Lake Shore Drive), 90 (Toronto Road) and 94 (Stevenson Drive).

Lake Springfield is located close to the University of Illinois Springfield campus. It borders the Abraham Lincoln Memorial Garden, a local Arboretum, as well as the Henson Robinson Zoological Zoo. Lake Park is located just north of the Zoo and preserves ruts from the Edwards Trace pioneer trail. A historical marker was placed near the trace in 2002.

Lick Creek, Sugar Creek are two of the tributaries to Lake Springfield. These watercourses discharge water into Lake Springfield in a way that fluctuates with the seasons.

Lake Springfield is a highly-rated fishing lake. As of 2016, the following species are doing well:

Other fish found in the lake are blue catfish and black crappie, as well as green sunfish and green sunfish xbluegill hybrid, freshwater drummer, redear sunfish and carp.

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