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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.

Boating Rules

Boat Launches and Docks

There are six public boat launches located around Lake Springfield:

  • 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)
  • Center Park Harbor Boat Launch and Docks (north of the Sailboat Launch, west of the Center Park playground; a dock at this launch is 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).

Watercraft Registration and Licensing

Boat Licensing Information

Watercraft Licensing Fees

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