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EUREKA, LAKE


Lake Information

County: Woodford

Acreage: 27

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? Electric only

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? No

Swimming? No

Picnicking? No

Camping? No


There are no zebra mussels in this lake.

Lake Status Summary

Species

Rank

Avg Wt.
(pounds)

Avg.
Length
(inches)

Fish Status

Largemouth bass

Excellent

1 lbs

13

Excellent reproduction, recruitment and growth; a tremendous density of largemouth bass

Northern pike

Excellent

4.1 lbs

27

This species is stocked each year as 8-10" fingerling fish.

Location: Lake Eureka is located within the city limits of Eureka in Woodford County, Illinois. The lake is surrounded by a city park that offers playground and day-use facilities for the general public.

Description: Lake Eureka is a 30 acre impoundment located on Walnut Creek which is a tributary to Panther Creek and the Mackinaw River. The lake was built in the early 1940s as part of a public works project (WPA), to provide a potable water source for the City of Eureka. Lake Eureka provided drinking water until 1982, when wells replaced the water needed by the city. Lake Eureka is quite shallow and very fertile. Average depth for Lake Eureka is approximately 6.5 feet with a maximum depth of 12.8 feet. The lake has a very large watershed that includes approximately 1,300 acres of row crops. It receives significant loads of sediment from the cultivated watershed and both total alkalinities and dissolved solids are quite high. Lake Eureka is surrounded by manicured, lawn-like shore. It is 100% accessible for shoreline access and is "kid friendly", for bank fishing.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: Lake Eureka was built in the early 1940s as a WPA project to create a safe water source for the City of Eureka. In the early 1980s, the water intakes of the intake tower became obstructed. At that time, a proposal to use wells for water was designed and built. Because the lake was no longer a potable water supply, it was rehabilitated using rotenone to remove a very bad fish population. The lake was immediately restocked with largemouth bass, bluegill and channel catfish. An excellent game fish population resulted from the rehabilitation work.

Additional Lake Information: There is a single lane concrete boat ramp all boat access is controlled by a permit from the City of Eureka. No gas powered motors are allowed and launching of larger boats is difficult. No minnow fishing is allowed.

Contact Information:
Wayne Herndon
(309) 968-7563