Lake Lou Yaeger

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Lake Lou Yaeger
Location Montgomery County, Illinois
Coordinates 39°13′49″N 89°36′15″W / 39.2303°N 89.6041°W / 39.2303; -89.6041Coordinates: 39°13′49″N 89°36′15″W / 39.2303°N 89.6041°W / 39.2303; -89.6041
Type reservoir
Primary inflows Shoal Creek
Primary outflows Shoal Creek
Basin countries United States
Max. length 8 mi (13 km)
Max. width 0.5 mi (0.8 km)
Surface area 1,300-acre (5.2 km²)

Lake Lou Yaeger is a 1,300-acre (5.2 km²) reservoir located in Montgomery County, Illinois. Created by damming the West Fork of Illinois's Shoal Creek, it was built for recreation, sport fishing, and flood control purposes. The lake is 8 miles (13 km) long and 0.5 miles (0.8 km) wide. The nearest town is Litchfield, Illinois, south of Springfield, Illinois and north of St. Louis, Missouri.

Lake Lou Yaeger is managed for bass, bluegill, catfish, and crappie. The fish yield is enjoyed by many species; bald eagles began to nest at the lake in 2005. Boaters enjoy the absence of both speed and power limits such as are enforced on many other lakes in central and southern Illinois. Visitors to the lake often arrive by means of Interstate 55, which closely approaches the lake north of Litchfield.

The municipality of Litchfield operates the lake's largest park, the 266-acre (1.1 km²) Shoal Creek Conservation Area. The park contains patches of oak-hickory woodland and some patches of prairie, locally called prairie "barrens." There are 1.15 miles (1.8 km) of trails for foot, bike, or horse use.

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