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.
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).
All watercraft used, kept or stored on Lake Springfield or its marginal lands must be registered and licensed in accordance with both City of Springfield and State of Illinois requirements.
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.
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 below.
Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources
The following schedule details the annual fees charged to watercraft owners registering their watercraft for use or storage on Lake Springfield. Fees are based on the watercraft'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.
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.
Boating safety courses certified by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are available to Illinois boaters of all ages. Persons who successfully
complete a DNR-certified boating safety course will earn a certificate from the State of Illinois. Possession of this certificate is required for anyone aged
12 through 17 who wishes to operate a watercraft solo on an Illinois waterway.
NOTE: Effective January 1, 2016, no person born on or after January 1, 1998, will
be allowed to operate a motorized watercraft in Illinois without a boating safety certificate issued by DNR or an entity or organization recognized and approved by DNR.
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.
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. 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 seen below or by calling 217.757.8660, ext. 1003. Kwedar Safe Boating Clinics are held at the
CWLP Property Management Center (PMC), 200 E. Lake Shore Drive, in Springfield.
To earn the Illinois Department of Natural Resource's Safe Boating Certificate, you must successfully complete one full Kwedar Safe Boating Clinic course.
Each course consists of two half-day classes held on consecutive Saturdays. The March and April courses are identical. All classes are held at the CWLP Property Management Center,
200 E. Lake Shore Drive (just east of the Spaulding Dam boat launch). Children 15 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Participants are encouraged to bring drinks and snacks.
Sponsored by the Land of Lincoln Power Squadron, each Spring and Summer 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 217.891.2870 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.