Attraction Category: Biking, Camping, Lake-Reservoir, Scenic Hike, State Park, and Water SportsAttraction Tags: Attraction Illinois, Attraction Illinois State Highway 78, Attraction Illinois State Highway 9, Attraction State Hwy 78, Attraction State Hwy 9, Family Attraction Illinois, Family Attraction Manito Illinois, and Illinois Lake
Established in 1950, Spring Lake State Park Fish and Wildlife Area is on 2,032 acres in Tazewell County, Illinois. The state park is centered on Spring Lake, which lies almost parallel to the Illinois river for 8.5 miles up the river bottoms along the base of the river’s east bluff. Spring Lake was described as a meander by an 1840 survey, and title was given to the State of Illinois. Overlooked by a large sandstone bluff, Spring Lake is a long, narrow lake created by a meander of the Illinois River. The lake covers an area of 1,285 acres, has a maximum depth of 10 feet and has 18 miles of shoreline.
The lake water level was raised by the construction of a higher dike in the late 1950s. The expanded lake was completely filled by 1960. The new lake is nearly twice the size of the old Spring Lake and has also inundated another lake known as Saiwell Lake.
Spring Lake State Park Fish and Wildlife Area activities include: Archery Range, Boating, Camping, Cross Country Skiing, Fishing, Geocaching, Hiking Trails, Hunting, Picnicking. The lake is divided into two separate lakes. North lake has largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, muskie, channel catfish, sunfish, bullheads, and carp. The south lake has largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, channel catfish, northern pike, sunfish, and carp.
Hikers can enjoy five trails within the park. The Stage Coach Road hiking trail is 2.5 miles long, Deer Run hiking trail is one-half mile long, and the Whispering Pine hiking trail is divided into three separate trails of one-half mile, 1.5 miles, and 2.5 miles.
There are five-day use/picnic areas at Spring Lake. Two of these areas provide shelters. All five areas have picnic tables. A concessionaire, located near the south boat ramp, provides boat rentals. Camping in Spring Lake State Park Fish and Wildlife Area: Pine Campground and Oak Campground, located in the north park, are Class C campgrounds (no showers or electric sites). Sixty sites provide tent camping. A Class D, walk-in campground is located in the south park for tent camping only. Group camping is permitted in this campground. No alcoholic beverages are allowed in the campgrounds.
There is helpful information and much more detailed pages on our website for you to plan a great trip to Spring Lake State Park.
- More Attraction DetailsAddress: Spring Lake Rd
Manito, Illinois 61546
- Local Points of InterestLocal RV Parks:
Giant Goose Ranch, Canton Lakes CampgroundLocal Restaurants:
Rancho Nuevo, Canton Family Restaurant, Monical's Pizza, La Fiesta Mexican Restaurant, Camino Real, Overseas Chinese Restaurant, Elm Street Cafe, China Inn Buffet, Dairy Dream, Italian Express, American Grille, Billy's Tap, Bistro 101Local Shopping:
Hy-Vee Supermarket, Dollar General, County Market Pharmacy, Crow Hollow Boutique, Blessings Gift Shop, East Side Antiques, The Bloom Box, Triarc, Just Teaz'n Salon, It's All About Me Boutique Salon, VIP Nails & Spa
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