Boats allowed on Lake Springfield include canoes, motorboats, pontoons, rowboats and sailboats. Personal watercraft, such as jet skis, are also allowed. 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 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.
|I-55, exit 88 (Lake Springfield Marina Boat Launch. You can also obtain boat licenses at the Marina.)|
|Lindsay Bridge (One of the boat docks located at this launch area is wheelchair-accessible. You can also obtain boat licenses at this facility.)|
|Marine Point (for small boats, wave runners, windsurfers and canoes)|
|Center Park Sailboat Launch (north of the Beach House; particularly suited for sailboats but usable by all types of craft; this launch is wheelchair-accessible.)|
|Center Park Boat Launch and Docks (north of the Sailboat Launch, west of the Center Park playground; the docks/launch are wheelchair-accessible, as are the two fishing piers located here.)|
|Spaulding Dam (This facility has a wheelchair-accessible dock.)|
In addition to these launches, there are also public boat docking areas at six of the lake-area parks: Tom Madonia Parks (East and West), Lake Park, Bridgeview Park, West Cottonhill Park, and the Wildlife Sanctuary (near the shelter). Open a map showing the location of these parks.
|Lindsay Bridge Boat
|Located at the east end of Vachel Lindsay Bridge, off Long Bay Drive. During 2013, the Licensing Station will be open Wednesday through Sunday, April-October, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., weather permitting. Due to staffing limitations, it is best to call ahead before coming to the station. The phone number is 786-4075. (For licensing needs during the off-season, call 789-8660.)|
|Located at #17 Waters Edge Boulevard. Call ahead (217/483-3625) for dates and times when licenses will be issued.|
|The Boat Dock
(watercraft sales and service center)
|Located at 4600 Rising Moon Road. Registers boats and conducts safety inspections. Call ahead (217/793-7300) for dates and times.|
To register your boat/craft for use on Lake Springfield, you must:
|have a valid boat license from the State of Illinois or be able to show proof that such a license has been applied for;|
|verify your current address by showing a valid driver's license or other photo ID; and|
|complete an application detailing the length of your boat/craft and the horsepower rating of any motor or engine.|
Licenses are valid from April 1 through March 31 of the following year and must be renewed annually. If you sell your boat/craft prior to the license expiration, that license shall be considered null and void and the new owner will be required to re-register the boat before it can be used on the lake again.
When your license is granted, you will be issued an official registration number plate or marker, which must be conspicuously and uniformly displayed on the boat. Licenses will be granted according to the boat/craft's classification. The license fee is based, in part, on the boat's class.
|Class A||This includes rowboats, canoes, sailboats and any other boats/craft 16 feet or less in length that are not equipped with or propelled by a motor engine.|
|Class B||This includes rowboats, canoes, sailboats and any other boats/craft greater than 16 feet in length that are not equipped with or propelled by a motor engine.|
|Class C||This includes any type of boat/craft with an outboard motor or motors rated at 15 horsepower or less per motor.|
|Class D||This includes any boat/craft with an outboard motor or motors rated at from 16 to 25 horsepower per motor.|
|Class E||This includes any boat/craft with an outboard motor or motors rated at from 26 to 50 horsepower per motor.|
|Class F||This includes any boat/craft with an outboard motor or motors rated at from 51 to 74 horsepower per motor.|
|Class G||This includes any boat/craft with an outboard motor or motors rated at from 75 to 100 horsepower per motor.|
|Class H||This 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 P||This 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 up to two Class P permits per year.|
For additional information about Lake Springfield boat registration and licensing, call the Watercraft Registration Office at (217) 786-4075 or the CWLP Security Headquarters at (217) 757-8600. For information on state watercraft registration regulations, contact the Illinois Department of Natural Resources by calling (217) 782-2138 or by visiting the DNR website.
In part, boat licensing fees are based on the class of the boat. For definitions of each of the boat classes listed below, or for general information about licensing your boat for use on Lake Springfield, see Boat Registration and Licensing (above) or call the Watercraft Registration Office at (217) 786-4075 or the CWLP Security Headquarters at (217) 757-8600.
|Place of Residence|
|Class||City||Sangamon County||In State||Out of State|
Boating safety courses are available from a variety of sources throughout the state. In Springfield/
Sangamon County, two of the best known are sponsored by CWLP and the Land of Lincoln Power Squadron.
|Kwedar Safe Boating Clinic||For over 30 years, CWLP and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR) have teamed to offer this free course twice each spring. The course, which consists of two half-day sessions held on consecutive Saturdays, is normally held twice each spring (either in March and April or April and May). The course is geared toward persons aged 12 and older. Participants who successfully complete the course will earn a DNR safe boating certificate, which is required for youths aged 12 through 17 who wish to pilot a boat alone on Illinois waterways. The clinic schedule can be obtained online (below); by calling the CWLP Security Office—757-8600—Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m; or by emailing the Public Information Office. Kwedar Safe Boating Clinics are held at the CWLP Property Management Center (PMC), 200 E. Lake Shore Drive, in Springfield.|
| Land of Lincoln Power Squadron
ABC Safe Boating Course
| Sponsored by the Land of Lincoln Power Squadron, this course will be held three times in 2015. Each course will consist of four once-a-
week classes held over: four consecutive Tuesdays in March (March 10-31); four consecutive Sundays in April/May (April 12-May 3); and four consecutive Mondays in June (June 1-22). Each class will be held from 6-8:30 p.m. All classes will be held at the CWLP Property Management Center (PMC), 200 E. Lake Shore Drive, in Springfield. To successfully complete the course and receive their boating safety certificates, participants must attend all four classes of the course.
Classes on using radios and marine charts, are also periodically offered for more experienced boaters.For more information, call Greg Kelso at (217) 494-8455.
More information about the Kwedar Safe Boating Clinics and other area boating safety courses can be found above.
|2015 COURSE SCHEDULE|
|Saturday, March 7||8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.|
|Saturday, March 14||8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.|
|Saturday, April 11||8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.|
|Saturday,April 18||8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.|
To register for a Kwedar Safey Boating Clinic, call the CWLP Security Office at 757-8660, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Links to more information about boating on Lake Springfield and related topics can be found in the left-hand column of this page.