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.
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
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.
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.
Shelter reservations can be made through www.reserveamerica.com.
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. The shower building is located in the hickory point campground.
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
Camping and Cabin reservations can be made at www.reserveamerica.com
Point Campground MAP
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.
| Map of Fish Congregators on Lake
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.
facilities are located throughout the park.
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.
Fact Sheet | Non-Resident Archery
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.
Pheasant Run/Maple Flats Access Areas contain a dog training area for
seasonal use. A permit is required.
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.
from the north, southbound I 55 South to exit 96A (Route 29). Route
29 to Rochester, IL. Turn right at the 4th stoplight, Cardinal Hill
Road, 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.
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 4th
stoplight, Cardinal Hill Road, 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.
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 4th stoplight,
Cardinal Hill Road, 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
- While groups of 25 or
more are welcome and encouraged to use the park's facilities, they are required
to register in advance with the site office to avoid crowding or scheduling
- At least one responsible
adult must accompany each group of 15 minors.
- Pets must be kept on
leashes at all times.
- Actions by nature can
result in closed roads and other facilities. Please call ahead to the park
office before you make your trip.
- We hope you enjoy your
stay. Remember, take only memories, leave only footprints.
- For more information
on tourism in Illinois, call the Illinois Department of Economic Opportunity,
Bureau of Tourism at 1-800-2Connect.
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for Deaf and Hearing Impaired Natural Resources Information (217) 782-9175
for TDD only Relay Number 800-526-0844.