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Lake Information for Sangchris Lake


Sangchris Lake is a 3,022-acre (12.2 kmĀ²) artificial lake or reservoir located in Christian and Sangamon Counties, Illinois. It was created in 1964 by damming Clear Creek, a tributary of the South Fork of the Sangamon River for recreation and to serve as a source for cooling water for an adjacent electrical generating plant powered with coal. The lake is no more than 7 miles (11 km) long from headwaters to dam, but so jagged is its shore that the lake's total shoreline measures 120 miles (193 km) in length. Much of the shoreline is now part of Sangchris Lake State Recreation Area. The nearest town is Kincaid, Illinois.

Fishing Description: 

The lake is known for its crappie, largemouth bass, and striped bass fisheries.

Fishing Tips, Tactics, How-To info: 

Largemouth bass are found most often spring and fall in the rip-rap and under water structures.

Fishing for channel catfish is best from the spring to the fall in the shallow arms and the east end.

Striped and hybrid striped bass fishing is best October to April in the deep water points and dam area. During the winter, the best fishing is in the water arm.

Channel Catfish
Largemouth Bass
Striped Bass
Optional Information
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Sangchris Lake
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Businesses Located Nearby

Boat Rental

    Prop Sock LLC
  • 4937 Wispering Ln - Rochester, IL
  • (217) 498-0323
    Joe's Boat Covers
  • 14245 Boy Scout Trl - Petersburg, IL
  • (217) 632-2210

Vacation Rental

    Sangchris Lake State Park
  • 9898 Cascade Rd - Rochester, IL
  • (217) 498-9208

Bar and Restaurant

    Breaktime Bar and Restaurant
  • 2937 W White Oaks Dr - Springfield, IL
  • (217) 698-0918
    Breckenbridge Pub
  • 10875 E Il-29 - Rochester, IL
  • (217) 623-5929
    Jibby's Bar & Restaurant
  • 19 N Main St - Sullivan, IL
  • (217) 728-7112

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