On the water and on the shore

On the water and on the shore

On the water and on the shore

Lake Lou Yaeger

Get outside at Litchfield’s Lake Lou Yaeger. This 1,357-acre, 5.5-mile-long lake is the centerpiece of Litchfield’s bustling outdoors culture. In addition to boating and fishing, the surrounding 4,641 acres offer trails for hiking, biking, and equestrian use, campgrounds, a public swim beach, and a conservation area. You’ll find plenty to see, do, and explore at Lake Lou Yaeger in Litchfield, IL.

Boating

People boating on Lake Lou YaegerWith no horsepower limitations, Lake Lou Yaeger is an ideal destination for boating. From kayaking and paddle-boarding, to water skiing or a good ol’ fashioned pleasure cruise, you can do it all at Lake Lou Yaeger. Annual and daily boat passes, along with other items for a successful day at the Lake, are available at Marina 1. Kayaks and paddle boards are available to be rented, during normal operating hours, at Milnot Beach. Read more >

Fishing

Man and woman fishing at Lake Lou YaegerBring your fishing pole, and try your luck at catching Crappie, Bass, Catfish, and Bluegill. The Lake is open for fishing all year long, and boats are always welcome. Be sure to pick up your fishing license at the following Litchfield locations: Wal-Mart, Rural King, UJ’s or Denny’s Package Liquor & Bait Shop. Boat passes, bait, beverages, snacks and fishing limits can be found at Marina 1. Read more >

Milnot Beach

Cool off on a hot day at Milnot Beach. Play a little sand volleyball, go for a swim, float on the water, or just lay out a towel, relax, and catch some rays on the shore. Milnot Beach is open to the public from Memorial Day to Labor Day, Monday – Friday from Noon to 5PM, while on Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays it is open from 11AM to 6PM. All hours of operation are weather permitting. Kayak, corcl, stand up paddle board, and snack bar are all available at Milnot Beach. For all of your party and meeting needs Milnot beach also has a rent-able room complete with an abundance of amenities. Read more >

Camping

If you feel like “roughing it,” pack up your tent, your camper, or your two-door sedan and book a campsite at Lake Lou Yaeger. Campgrounds offer primitive/tent, Bi-Centennial/RV, and equestrian campsites to suit visitors. Don’t feel like getting quite that rough? Book one of our camping cabins. These one-room domiciles sleep up to four, offering electric, water and a personal fire pit. Campgrounds are open April 1 – October 31. For reservations, please call 217-324-4771. If no one is available, please leave a message and someone will return your call. Read more >

Hiking & Biking

Whether you feel like hiking or biking, check out the Route 66 Hike & Bike Trail. As a tribute to the iconic Route 66 alignments that run through Litchfield, round trip on this trail is approximately 6.6 miles. With maps and markings to show you the way, you will not get lost and have a fun filled day walking or biking the woods of Lake Lou Yaeger. Make sure to bring water, sun screen, and snacks. Read more >

Shoal Creek Conservation Area

Sign at Shoal Creek Conservation AreaShoal Creek Conservation Area consists of 266-acres of high-diversity Southern Illinois till-plain Oak and Hickory woodland. Shoal Creek is one of the best remaining examples of these native environments in Illinois and a must see for environmental enthusiasts. In addition to 700 plant species, Lake Lou Yaeger is also home to 70 butterfly species and more than 70 separate bird species, including the majestic bald eagle. The area is open 365 days a year, and hikes range from easy to moderate in difficulty. Don’t forget to bring your binoculars. Read more >

Equestrian Adventures

Have a four-hooved friend you’d like to bring along for your Lake Lou Yaeger adventures? The more, the merrier. The Lake is home to a mix of equestrian trails and new equestrian campgrounds to help you get a trot in, in Litchfield. Read more >

Picnic Areas & Playgrounds

Hungry? Kick back with a picnic in the park. Grill out and relax from 6AM-10PM while the kids enjoy an afternoon at one of two playgrounds located around the lake. Picnic areas 3 and 4 are outfitted with grills and electricity. Forgot your lunch? Swing by Milnot Beach for a quick snack, within walking distance of the Lake Lou Yaeger picnic areas. To reserve a picnic area, call 217-324-5441 or 217-324-5832. Read more>