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Argyle Lake is a Reservoir in McDonough, Illinois.

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Argyle Lake is a popular 95 acre watershed impoundment near Macomb. It is located in Argyle Lake State Park.

It is a good lake for catfish, but the largemouth bass population has been inconsistent above 12 inches.

The lake is stocked with bluegill, redear, channel catfish, largemouth bass, crappie, tiger muskie and rainbow trout. There is a 10 horsepower motor limit, and a public boat launch and docks are available for boats and pontoons. Canoe and boat rentals also are available.

Fishing Description: 

Channel catfish have been excellent. The average in the 1 to 5 pound range with rare cases up to 10 pounds.

Largemouth bass are good from 12 to 15 inches (1 to 2.5 pounds) but are inconsistent over that. However, there have been years with a lot of bass up to 4 pounds.

Recreational Activities: 

Argyle Lake State Park offers picnicking, camping, hiking and boating facilities in a scenic, natural setting.

There are 5 miles of rugged foot trails through luxuriant virgin forests and full-service campgrounds on this heavily wooded, 1,700-acre site.

Facilities and Parks: 

Argyle Lake State Park has 10 shaded picnic areas placed conveniently throughout the area, with tables, grills and water. There's also a playground located close to the three larger shelters to keep the children busy that features swings and a slide. The shelters are available for people to reserve for family reunions, gatherings

There is also concession stand located near the boat dock. There are boat rentals, bait, firewood, snacks and ice for sale. The hours for the bait shop are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., 7 days a week.


For longer visits, the park offer a variety of camping opportunities. The Twisted Oak campground contains 86 Class A campsites, the Big Oaks campground contains 24 Class B/E and 18 Class C campsites - featuring vehicle access and restrooms, finally our Twin Oaks campground has 31 Class D (primitive) sites. A disposal station and restrooms with showers are also available. Reservations are also accepted.


640 Argyle Park Road
Colchester, IL 62326

Directions to Lake: 

From Chicago, take either Interstate 80 or Interstate 88 west to Interstate 74. Take Interstate 74 South to Route 34. Take Route 34 West to Route 67. Take Route 67 South to Route 136. Take Route 136 West to Colchester and the park is 2 miles north of Colchester on Coal Road. Coal Road runs north of the Sinclair Station in Colchester.

Argyle Lake
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