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The Lake

About Lake Springfield
Lake Springfield is a 4,200-acre reservoir surrounded by 57 miles of shoreline, which includes over 735 residential sites and eight public parks. It is the largest municipally owned lake in Illinois, and is managed by City Water, Light & Power. The lake, the Lake Springfield Marina and lake-area parks are host to some 600,000 recreational visitors each year.  Other lake attractions include Henson Robinson Zoo, Lincoln Memorial Gardens, and The Muni.

Lake Springfield's primary purpose is to serve as the source of drinking water for the city of Springfield and several nearby communities. In addition, it is a major central Illinois recreation center, as well as the source of condenser cooling water for the utility's lakeshore power plant complex. 

Boats allowed on Lake Springfield include canoes, motorboats, pontoons, rowboats and sailboats. Boats and craft of any kind with mast heights of more than 35 feet may be used, kept or stored only on the central basin and central basin marginal land. 

Boating is not permitted in the vicinity of Spaulding Dam. A line of "no boat" buoys extending eastward from the shoreline at Dallman Power Plant to the opposite bank places this area off-limits to boats. 

All boats and other types of watercraft propelled, kept or used on the lake's reservoir, or stored or kept on the marginal land, must be registered and licensed in accordance with City of Springfield and State of Illinois requirements. The Lake Springfield Marina is an authorized license distribution center. 

Licensing Fees
The following schedule details the annual fees charged to boat/craft owners registering their boat/craft for use or storage on Lake Springfield. Fees are based on the boat/craft's classification and on the owner's place of residence. No fee prorations are allowed; the full fee will be charged, regardless of how close to its March 31 expiration date the license is issued. Life vests, fire extinguishers, oars and other required safety equipment are available at the Lake Springfield Marina.
 

Class City Sangamon
County
In State Out of State
         
A $13.00 $14.50 $19.50 $26.00
B $14.50 $17.00 $19.50 $26.00
C $17.00 $21.00 $34.00 $58.50
D $19.50 $23.00 $39.00 $71.50
E $26.00 $30.00 $52.00 $88.00
F $32.50 $42.00 $65.00 $97.50
G $52.50 $75.00 $105.00 $135.00
H $82.50 $112.50 $150.00 $202.50
I-1 $15.00 $15.00 $15.00 $15.00
I-2 -0- -0- -0- -0-
J -0- -0- -0- -0-


Class A includes rowboats, canoes, sailboats and any other boat/craft 16 feet or less in length that is not equipped with or propelled by a motor engine. 

Class B includes rowboats, canoes, sailboats and any other boat/craft greater than 16 feet in length that is not equipped with or propelled by a motor engine. 

Class C includes any type of boat/craft with an outboard motor or motors rated at 15 horsepower or less per motor. 

Class D includes any boat/craft with an outboard motor or motors rated at from 16 to 25 horsepower per motor. 

Class E includes any boat/craft with an outboard motor or motors rated at from 26 to 50 horsepower per motor. 

Class F includes any boat/craft with an outboard motor or motors rated at from 51 to 74 horsepower per motor. 

Class G includes any boat/craft with an outboard motor or motors rated at from 75 to 100 horsepower per motor. 

Class H includes any boat/craft with an outboard motor or motors rated at more than 100 horsepower per motor. 

In addition to standard licenses, special permits allowing limited lake access are also available. These include:

Class I-1 allows any type of boat/craft to be used on the lake for a period of no more than 48 hours from the time of issue. A boat/craft owner may obtain an unlimited number of I-1 permits per year. 

Class I-2 allows a non-motorized boat/craft access to the lake for institutional and instructional purposes only. 

Class J allows a watercraft dealer to display and test a boat, for business purposes, on the lake. 

For additional information about Lake Springfield boat registration and licensing, call the Lake Springfield Marina at 217-483-DOCK(3625). For more information about boating and boating rules on Lake Springfield, go to www.cwlp.com or call CWLP at 217-757-8600.


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