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Lake Lou Yaeger, Litchfield

#47 of 76 in Nature in Illinois
Water Body · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Lake Lou Yaeger is a 1,300-acre (5.2 km²) 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 (13 km) long and 0.5 miles (0.8 km) 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 (1.1 km²) 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 (1.8 km) of trails for foot, bike, or horse use.
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  • This is a beautiful spot in central Illinois. The lake offers swimming and boating and a host of other outdoor activities. Highly recommend a visit to this lovely lake.  more »
  • I have taken 3 trips to the Lake Lou Yaeger hiking trails. I have hiked with age 2 to age 65. The trails are so easy to follow that I wasn't at all concerned about getting separated. Because they are....  more »
  • Smaller lake and lots of options to do things. Lots of coves. Considerate boaters.
  • Love to boat and tube with friends

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