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Activities at Sangchris Lake SRA

For 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.

Hickory Point Campground, near the east boat dock, contains 55 Class A, 10 Class C and two rent-a-cabin sites. Playground equipment, showers and a restroom with flush toilets are nearby.

Handicapped sites are located in both campgrounds. Water facilities (including the shower building) are closed the Monday prior to Thanksgiving through March 31. Both campgrounds will be closed the second week in January through March 31.

Group camping is available in the wilderness area near the office and service buildings.

Camping and cabin reservations can be made at

A 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 HP or less. Strawkas Point launching ramp and dock is located off of Route 104. Sailing is prohibited.

Designated 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.

Wildflowers and song birds abound along scenic nature trails. For the equestrian, there is a 5-mile horse trail.

Waterfowl, dove, deer and upland game are abundant and some trapping is allowed. Contact the park office for specific regulations, dates and locations. For more information, please review the Hunter Fact Sheet.

A public archery range is located in Maple Flats.

Dog Training
The Pheasant Run/Maple Flats Access Areas contain a dog training area for seasonal use. A permit is required.