Lake Lou Yaeger is a 1,300-acre reservoir located in Montgomery County, Illinois. Created by damming the West Fork of Illinois's Shoal Creek, it was built for recreation, sport fishing, and flood control purposes. The lake is 8 miles long and 0.5 miles wide. The nearest town is Litchfield, Illinois, south of Springfield, Illinois and north of St. Louis, Missouri.
Lake Lou Yaeger is managed for bass, bluegill, catfish, and crappie. The fish yield is enjoyed by many species; bald eagles began to nest at the lake in 2005. Boaters enjoy the absence of both speed and power limits such as are enforced on many other lakes in central and southern Illinois. Visitors to the lake often arrive by means of Interstate 55, which closely approaches the lake north of Litchfield.
The municipality of Litchfield operates the lake's largest park, the 266-acre Shoal Creek Conservation Area. The park contains patches of oak-hickory woodland and some patches of prairie, locally called prairie "barrens." There are 1.15 miles of trails for foot, bike, or horse use.
Make Lake Lou Yaeger a centerpiece of your Litchfield vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Litchfield day trip planner .
Lake Lou Yaeger Reviews
In addition to lake for boating and swimming, nice beach area with air conditioned building available to rent, snack bar at beach area and inflatables to jump and dive off of for an additional... more »
A delightful and clean delight for the whole family. Very nice swimming area with a lifeguard and concession stand. The lake crew does a great job of keeping it clean but slobs visitors keep them... more »
Smaller lake and lots of options to do things. Lots of coves. Considerate boaters.
Love to boat and tube with friends
Plan your trip to Litchfield
Get a personalized planA complete day-by-day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
Popular things to do in Litchfield
Plans to Lake Lou Yaeger by other users
1 day in Litchfield BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES January, popular sights PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 60 days in Whittington & Raton BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, popular sights PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 23 days in Great Rivers & Routes BY A USER FROM SPAIN February, popular sights PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 20 days in Great Rivers & Routes BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA October, popular sights PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 8 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, popular sights PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 17 days in Great Rivers & Routes BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, popular sights PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium