Lake Springfield is a man-made reservoir that built by impounding water upstream of Spaulding Dam on Sugar Creek. It cost $2.5 million at the time it was built in 1935 (which equates to $47 million in 2019). It provides drinking water for Springfield and is the source of condenser cooling water for the power plant complex on the lake shore. The lake is 4200 acres and has a storage capacity of over 17 billion gallons. City Water, Light & Power, a department of the city of Springfield, owns Lake Springfield and its shoreline.
Recreation and Activities:
Lake Springfield is a major central Illinois recreation center. Here are some of the activities:
- Boating: canoes, motorboats, pontoons, rowboats, sailboats, jet skis; Lake Springfield Marina provides boating and personal watercraft services
- Fishing: 15 sport fish species can be caught
- Swimming: permitted in designated areas or from boats in "no wake" zones, there are risks of infection from a variety of microorganisms that are naturally present in freshwater habitats
Rock the Docks: Independence Day celebration and fireworks display. Takes place in the month of June (For 2019: June 27-30)