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Anderson Lake

Anderson Lake, a bottomland impoundment adjacent to the Illinois River in west central Illinois' city of Astoria provides 1,134 - 1,369 acres of recreational waters suited for boating and fishing. By receiving overflow waters from the Illinois River, Anderson Lake is known as a floodplain lake and is quite shallow.

Offering good shoreline access and a new road, Anderson Lake provides excellent fishing with trout lines and from shore, especially during periods of high or rising water.

The Anderson Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area, part of the Illinois State Parks' system consists of more than 2,250 acres of public land purchased by the state in 1947 for its suitability for seasonal hunting and fishing grounds. The State Fish and Wildlife Area offers several picnic areas, two group shelters and a campground.


Anglers come to Anderson Lake to reel in bass, crappie, bluegill, bullhead and channel catfish. Ice fishing for bluegill and crappie is common in the winter. Please note that the Illinois River's 12-inch minimum size bass regulation applies for Anderson Lake, as well.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources Division of Fisheries offers "Spear/Bow and Arrow " and "Hook-and-Line " Sport Fishing Awards to recognize anglers for fish caught in Illinois' waters. (See "Resources for this page" to learn more.)


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    Anderson Lake Illinois Coordinates:
40.1998N -90.1848W
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Surface Area:
1,134 acres
Maximum Depth:
7 ft
443 ft
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Boats of all sizes are permitted on Anderson Lake, but shallow water and lots of tree stumps provide exceptional challenges for some boats. With an average depth of only four feet and a maximum depth of seven feet, no swimming or waterskiing is allowed.

Boat rentals and fishing guides are available. Easy shoreline access and public boat ramps provide hassle-free entrances to the lake.


Campgrounds on the western shore of Anderson Lake provide campsites for tents and trailers. In proximity to Anderson Lake, the lodging options vary from primitive campsites to luxurious hotels and resorts.

Please consult the Lake Resource Guide for information on lodging and events in the area.


Illinois's closest major city to Anderson Lake is Peoria. Nearby cities and towns, each with its own unique offerings, include: Springfield, Canton, Macomb, Pekin and Lincoln. Anderson Lake flows through parts of Fulton, Schuyler and St. Clair counties.

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