Litchfield is very proud of the recreational opportunities available at the lake.
Boating on Lake Lou Yaeger is the best in the central Illinois. There is no horsepower limit and no speed limit on the lake, making it a great place for all water sports. Jet skis, wet bikes and other similar personal watercraft are not permitted on Saturday, Sunday or holidays.
Fishing is great with the fish population consisting of largemouth bass, white bass, crappie, bluegill and catfish. The city stocks the lake with largemouth bass each year to insure a good population of the species. Fishing licenses are not available at the lake.
Pay swimming beach at the main marina, which is staffed with lifeguards, has a shower house, restrooms and snacks at the beach. Children and young adults thru high school get a reduced admission fee to the beach. Children under 5 years of age are admitted free. There is ample parking at the beach and main marina with 3 parking lots available.
Gasoline is available at the main marina as are restrooms and a snack bar. Boat permits are sold at the ramp six days a week. Annual or one day boat permits can be purchased. Gasoline is sold six days per week, at the main marina, with the gasoline dock being closed on Tuesday.
Park areas at Lake Lou Yaeger include five picnic areas, two campgrounds; two children's play grounds and a launch ramp for boats. All picnic areas have comfort stations and picnic shelters. The primitive campground has a comfort station and city water available for camper use. The trailer campground has 48 pads with water and electricity at each pad. Sewer service not available at each pad; dump station located nearby in primitive area. The trailer camp has a comfort station/shower house that is free of charge. Fire wood is available at the camp ground office. Campground information can be obtained by calling (217) 324-4771.
Youth group camping area for scout groups, 4-H groups church groups etc. The youth camping area campground has a comfort station and city water available for camper use. This area is for youth groups with no alcohol allowed.
Camping space with more than 350 lake side camping lots are leased to the public by the season. All lake side lots are primitive camping and have no water or electric. Most are not accessible by motor vehicle and must be accessed by boat only. Tents may be erected and left on the leased lots during the summer but must be removed, along with all other personal belongings, by November 1 of each year. Lake side camping information can be obtained by calling (217) 324-5441.
Cabin Rental is also available at Lake Lou Yaeger. The second cabin was recently installed and is ready to use. The cabins, which are 12' x 16' inside dimensions, have electricity and air-conditioning with a grill, table and a water hydrant located just out the front door. Each cabin has a full size mattress and twin bunk beds. You must provide your own bedding. The cabins are popular and are often rented every weekend. The cost of the cabin is $40.00 per night. So if you would like to spend a weekend outdoors but don't want to sleep in a tent, we have the solution for you. The cabins are available for rent from April 1 - October 31. To make a reservation, call 217-324-5441.
The following items will be provided for one small rental fee
*Cabin-2 sets of bunks, 1 full bed & table with chairs
*Broom and dust pan
*Trash barrel or bags
Some suggested items you might consider bringing with you:
First aid kit, food, cooking and eating utensils, sleeping bags and blankets, personal toiletries, water jug, ice chest and ice, charcoal lighter fluid, and matches, folding lawn chairs, trash bags, flashlight with batteries, bucket, rope, sunscreen lotion, insect repellant, rain gear, boots, linens, and recreational equipment.