What to do in Sangchris Lake State Park

*This information was provided by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources*

Located minutes east of Springfield and its Lincoln attractions, Sangchris Lake serves as a perfect home base for enjoying outdoor activities in central Illinois. Whether you're interested in fishing, boating, camping, hunting or family gatherings, Sangchris Lake provides an abundance of recreational opportunities amid native forests of oak, maple, butternut and persimmon.

Totaling 3,022 acres and offering 120 miles of shoreline, Sangchris Lake is so named because it extends into both Sangamon and Christian counties. It was formed in 1964 when Commonwealth Edison built a 50-foot earthen dam across Clear Creek to create a cooling lake for a power plant it was constructing near Sicily.

In 1969, ComEd deeded 1,414 acres of land around the lake to the state, along with easement rights for boating and fishing. In August of 1997, the Department of Natural Resources purchased 1,180 acres along the west shoreline from ComEd. Today, ongoing developments and improvements have transformed the Sangchris Lake State Park into a popular outdoor retreat.

For day visitors, there are eight picnic areas around the lake, as well as several picnic shelters. Also, there are several gravel parking lots nearby and areas contain tables, grills, water facilities and pit toilets. Please inquire at site office for shelter reservation information.

Camping-For longer stays, the Deer Run Campground on the north end of the lake contains 80 Class A (electricity, showers and vehicle access), 40 Class B/S (vehicle access with showers), and 5 Class C (tent camping, walk-in or backpack; no vehicle; with showers) campsites and 5 additional Class C equestrian campsites. A sanitary dump station is provided in each campground.

Hickory Point Campground, near the east boat dock area, contains 55 Class A, 10 Class C, and two cabin sites. Playground equipment, showers and a restroom with flush toilets are nearby. Handicapped sites are located in both campgrounds. Water facilities will be closed the Monday prior to Thanksgiving through March 31 (Including the shower building). Both campgrounds will be closed the second week in January - March 31.

Group camping is available in the wilderness area near the office and service buildings.

Recreation
Boating -A two-slip launching ramp and dock are located on both the east and west sides of the lake for rowboats, canoes and boats with motors of 25 horsepower or less. Strawkas Point launching ramp and dock is located off of Route 104. Sailing is prohibited.

Fishing-Designated as a State Fish Preserve in 1972, Sangchris Lake is an angler's paradise, stocked with largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, channel and flathead catfish, bullhead and carp. You can obtain statewide and site regulations on size and creel limits at the park office. Commercial fishing devices such as troutlines and jug fishing are prohibited. All fishing tournaments must be scheduled through the park office.

Handicapped facilities are located throughout the park.

Hiking-Wildflowers and song birds abound along 3 miles of scenic nature trails, and there are several unique albino deer living in the area. For the equestrian, there is a 5-mile horse trail, and for those preferring greater horsepower, there is an 11-mile snowmobile trail for winter use.

Waterfowl, dove, deer and upland game are abundant and some trapping is allowed. Please contact the park office for specific regulations, dates and locations. A public archery range is located in Maple Flats.

The Pheasant Run/Maple Flats Access Areas contain a dog training area for seasonal use. A permit is required.

Location
Directions-Traveling from the south, Northbound I 55 North to Exit 82 (Route 104). Route 104 east 6.1 miles through Pawnee and turn left, north, at Sangchris Lake sign. Travel 4.5 miles to a 4-way stop, New City. Turn right at Sangchris Lake sign and travel 3 more miles.

Traveling from the north, southbound I 55 South to exit 96A (Route 29). Route 29 to Rochester, IL. Turn right at the 2nd stoplight, Walnut Street, at the Sangchris Lake sign. Travel south 5.5 miles to a 4-way stop, New City. Turn left at park sign and travel 3 more miles.

Traveling from the west, Eastbound I 72 East to Springfield, then I 55 North to Exit 96A, Route 29. Route 29 to Rochester turn right at the 2nd stoplight, Walnut Street, at the Sangchris Lake sign. Travel south 5.5 miles to a 4-way stop, New City. Turn left at park sign and travel 3 more miles.

Traveling from the east, Westbound I 72 West to Springfield, then I 55 south to Exit 96A Route 29. Route 29 to Rochester turn right at the 2nd stoplight, Walnut Street at the Sangchris Lake sign. Travel south 5.5 miles to a 4-way stop, New City. Turn left at park sign and travel 3 more miles.

Climate
Illinois experiences four distinct seasons with varying weather throughout the year. Winter can be very cold. The highest humidity of the year occurs during this season averaging 70 to 75 percent. Average low temperatures in January dip to 20 degrees F with highs near 35 degrees F. Spring temperatures are mild with humidity below 70 percent. Temperatures during this season average between 32 and 50 degrees F. Summer is usually hot and humid in this Midwest state. Low temperatures remain in the low sixties with high temperatures near 90 degrees F. The highest rainfall of the year occurs during the summer months. Fall is an excellent time to visit the state with low humidity and rainfall and moderate temperatures.

Address
9898 Cascade Road
Rochester, IL 62563

Phone: 217.498.9208

Email: scarey@dnrmail.state.il.us
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