Get out and enjoy Illinois' natural resources

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When you are ready to head out of doors as the spring weather slowly warms into summer, some state parks in central Illinois will be waiting for you, including Sangchris Lake State Park. Operated under the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), the park is about 15 miles southeast of Springfield. Native forests of oak, maple, butternut and persimmon trees, along with an abundance of wildflowers and native plants, are contained in its 3,000 acres. The lake has 120 miles of shoreline and is stocked with bass, bluegill, crappie and catfish. Hikers, bikers and horseback riders will enjoy hearing the songbirds and spotting a variety of wildlife. While some activities, such as hunting and camping, are restricted, visitors are still able to fish, boat, observe wildlife, enjoy picnics and hunt for mushrooms. Call the park first to plan your visit as a few facilities remain closed and IDNR has implemented some rules for public health and safety.

Sangchris Lake State Park
Open daily from dawn to dusk
9898 Cascade Road
Rochester
217-498-9208

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