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Sangchris Lake State Park
SANGCHRIS LAKE STATE PARK
SANGCHRIS LAKE STATE PARK
9898 Cascade Road
Rochester, Illinois   62563

Phone: 217-498-9208
Reservations: 217-498-9208
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Located minutes east of Springfield and its Lincoln attractions, Sangchris Lake serves as a perfect home base for enjoying outdoor activities in central Illinois. Whether you're interested in fishing, boating, camping, hunting or family gatherings, Sangchris Lake provides an abundance of recreational opportunities amid native forests of oak, maple, butternut and persimmon.

Totaling 3,022 acres and offering 120 miles of shoreline, Sangchris Lake is so named because it extends into both Sangamon and Christian counties. It was formed in 1964 when Commonwealth Edison built a 50-foot earthen dam across Clear Creek to create a cooling lake for a power plant it was constructing near Sicily.

In 1969, ComEd deeded 1,414 acres of land around the lake to the state, along with easement rights for boating and fishing. In August of 1997, the Department of Natural Resources purchased 1,180 acres along the west shoreline from ComEd. Today, ongoing developments and improvements have transformed the Sangchris Lake State Park into a popular outdoor retreat.

For day visitors, there are eight picnic areas around the lake, as well as several picnic shelters. Also, there are several gravel parking lots nearby and areas contain tables, grills, water facilities and pit toilets. Please inquire at site office for shelter reservation information.
FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW
Day-UseFishingyes
 Huntingyes
 Hiking Trailyes
 Swimming Beachyes
 Bike Trailsyes
 Bridle Trailsyes
BoatingLaunch Rampsyes
CampingPrimativeyes
 Electric Sitesyes
WinterActivitiesyes
Camping
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.

Hickory Point Campground, near the east boat dock area, contains 55 Class A, 10 Class C, and two cabin sites. Playground equipment, showers and a restroom with flush toilets are nearby. Handicapped sites are located in both campgrounds. Water facilities will be closed the Monday prior to Thanksgiving through March 31 (Including the shower building). Both campgrounds will be closed the second week in January - March 31.

Group camping is available in the wilderness area near the office and service buildings.
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Boating
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 horsepower or less. Strawkas Point launching ramp and dock is located off of Route 104. Sailing is prohibited.


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July 7 FAVORITE STATE PARK
STAYED AT THE Hickory Point Campground FOR 2 DAYS.VERY QUITE,VERY CLEAN. PLAN TO COME BACK NEXT YEAR AT THIS TIME & RENT A CABIN.
June 6 nice campsites, nasty bathrooms
we camped at hickory point for 2 weeks and have never camped anywhere where the bathrooms were so nasty. The out-houses were even worse and went for days without toilet paper (until we asked the hosts to fill them) What are our camping fees paying for?
April 23 ted nugent
this is the best place to bow fish
September 29 The Best Camping by Mistressangel
The camping is wonderful, so quiet and the people are respectable and the bathrooms are clean I love this place


Area Campgrounds

Double J Campground
9638 Palm Road
Chatham, IL
217-483-9998


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Traveling from the south, Northbound I 55 North to Exit 82 (Route 104). Route 104 east 6.1 miles through Pawnee and turn left, north, at Sangchris Lake sign. Travel 4.5 miles to a 4-way stop, New City. Turn right at Sangchris Lake sign and travel 3 more miles.

Traveling from the north, southbound I 55 South to exit 96A (Route 29). Route 29 to Rochester, IL. Turn right at the 2nd stoplight, Walnut Street, at the Sangchris Lake sign. Travel south 5.5 miles to a 4-way stop, New City. Turn left at park sign and travel 3 more miles.

Traveling from the west, Eastbound I 72 East to Springfield, then I 55 North to Exit 96A, Route 29. Route 29 to Rochester turn right at the 2nd stoplight, Walnut Street, at the Sangchris Lake sign. Travel south 5.5 miles to a 4-way stop, New City. Turn left at park sign and travel 3 more miles.

Traveling from the east, Westbound I 72 West to Springfield, then I 55 south to Exit 96A Route 29. Route 29 to Rochester turn right at the 2nd stoplight, Walnut Street at the Sangchris Lake sign. Travel south 5.5 miles to a 4-way stop, New City. Turn left at park sign and travel 3 more miles.

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Sangchris Lake State Park
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