Fishing and Boating
The lake is divided into two separate lakes. North lake has largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, muskie, channel catfish, sunfish, bullheads, and carp. The south lake has largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, channel catfish, northern pike, sunfish, and carp.
There is one gravel and one concrete launching ramps on the north lake. South Lake has one concrete boat launching ramp. Boat motors are limited to 25 horsepower and there are creel and length limits on most species. Ice fishing is permitted, but caution should be used due to underwater springs, which can weaken ice.
Hikers can enjoy five trails within the park. The Stage Coach Road hiking trail is 2.5 miles long, Deer Run hiking trail is one-half mile long, and the Whispering Pine hiking trail is divided into three separate trails of one-half mile, 1.5 miles, and 2.5 miles.
Waterfowl, squirrel and deer archery hunting are allowed at Spring Lake. Please check with Hunter Fact Sheets concerning site regulations, season dates, limits, and designated hunting areas for Spring Lake SFWA, Pekin Lake, Powerton Lake, and Manito Pheasant Habitat Area. https://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/FactSheets/Pages/Northwest.aspx
There are five-day use/picnic areas at Spring Lake. Two of these areas provide shelters. All five areas have picnic tables. A concessionaire, located near the south boat ramp, provides boat rentals.
Pine Campground and Oak Campground, located in the north park, are Class C campgrounds (no showers or electric sites). Sixty sites provide tent camping.
A Class D, walk-in campground is located in the south park for tent camping only. Group camping is permitted in this campground. No alcoholic beverages are allowed in the campgrounds.
Dickson Mounds Museum - Is an Illinois State Museum and a National Historic Site, is one of the major on-site archaeological museums in the United States. It offers a unique opportunity to explore the world of the American Indian. Located approximately 30 miles southwest of Spring Lake near Lewistown, Illinois. There is no admission charge. Phone number 309-547-3721.
Jake Wolf Memorial Fish Hatchery - Located atop a natural aquifer the hatchery can simultaneously accommodate 16 different species of fish and produce some 42 million fish annually. The hatchery's Visitor Center contains an antique fishing tackle exhibit featuring over 200 artifacts. Located approximately 10 miles south of Spring Lake near Topeka, Illinois. There is no admission charge. Phone number 309-968-7531.