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Beaver Dam Lake is a Reservoir in Macoupin, Illinois.

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Beaver Dam Lake is a 59 acre lake that offers a variety of fishing opportunities. It is located in Beaver Dam State Park and over the years it has been stocked with largemouth bass, bluegill, sunfish and channel catfish.

Although the beaver is virtually gone from this area, the park is named for a beaver dam that created its lake.

Fishing Description: 

Beaver Dam Lake has some bass over 14" with the largest being 22" and 6.6 pounds during the last survey.

Channel catfish were very abundant during the last survey with fish up to 22.5" and a good number over 2 pounds.

Fishing Tips, Tactics, How-To info: 

Bluegill are available most of the season (except early Spring) and average about 1/4th of a pound.

Channel catfish are best found off the peninsula and near fish attractors. They average between 1.5 to 3 pounds.

Crappie are also found near the fish attractors and near treetops. They are best in the Spring and Fall and can be up to 3/4ths of a pound.

Recreational Activities: 

Besides fishing, picnicking, hiking, and tent and trailer camping are among the most popular activities at Beaver Dam State Park.

Facilities and Parks: 

There is one large section of the park available for picnicking. Picnic tables and barbecue grills are provided, or picnickers may bring their own grills. Four pavilions are located in the picnic area and can be reserved, contact the site for reservation forms.

There is also a concession stand on the lake that is open from April through mid-October each year. Food, picnic supplies, live bait, tackle, boat rentals and fishing licenses are available.


The trailer camping area has electricity at each pad and a sanitary dump station. A shower building with flush toilets is located in the center of the trailer camping area. Water is available in the area, but there are no water hookups at each site. All campsites are first come first serve. Tent camping is in a separate area, with nearby rest rooms and water. A designated area for youth-group camping, such as Boy or Girl Scouts, features rest rooms, water, fire pads and picnic tables. When youth groups plan to use the area, the site superintendent’s office should be notified in advance by calling (217) 854-8020 to make a reservation for the group camping area. All camping is situated in wooded areas with large oak and hickory trees, which provide shade throughout most of the day. Located next to the shower house is a new Rent A Cabin available for reservation by calling the park office. Only the Rent-A-Cabin is available for reservation, all campsites are first come first serve. The park does not rent tents.

Boat Ramp: 

A free boat launch and docks are available for public use. No gasoline engines are allowed, only electric trolling motors.

Directions to Lake: 

Take Rt. 108 west which is located 24 miles south of Springfield on I-55. Go 11 miles west to Carlinville. Travel on 108 west through Carlinville to the Amtrak Station. Turn left (south) and go 7 miles to Beaver Dam.

Take Rt. 16 west located at the Litchfield turn off on I-55. Go to Shipman. On the west side of Shipman take Carlinville Road 7 miles to Beaver Dam.

Beaver Dam Lake
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