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Lake Catatoga

Lake Catatoga

Carlinville (IL), 62626, United States

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(650) 307-5759

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About Recreation on Lake Catatoga
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Description Lake Catatoga has a surface area of 66 acres, with a beautiful dam located on its northern end. The Lake is situated midway between St. Lous, Missouri and Springfield, Illinois... nine miles south of the city of Carlinville, and eighteen miles west of Litchfield in Macoupin County, which is named after Macoupin Creek, near Carlinville, and meanders southwest to the Illinois River.

The region was previously inhabited by various Illinoisan Indians; Miami and Wea, as well as the tribes of the Illinois Confederation, including the Kaskaskia, Peoria, Tamaroa, Cahokia, and Mitchigamea. "Macoupin" is actually the Miami-Illinois term for the "American Lotus" (Nelumbo lutea). Unfortunately, none of the native Indians remain, although some descendants of the earliest European settlers claim partial ancestry. The first European arrivals were French explorers in the seventeenth century, travelling southward down the major rivers. However, the main European settlement came from the southwest, as people moved inland from the established transportation route of the Mississippi River.

Today, Lake Catatoga recaptures a bit of its Indian heritage with themed street names and even Totum Poles located at the entrances. With a peaceful ambiance and convenient location, it's a highly desirable place to live and visit with a "no wake" policy, creating safer conditions for swimming and boating. Annually, the Lake is stocked with a variety of fish including: Crappie, Walleye, Bluegill, Catfish, Largemouth Bass and Rock Bass making for great fishing. A Fishing License is required, and Boat Registration is mandatory.

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