Argyle Lake State Park
Argyle Park Road
Colchester, IL 62326
Known as a fisherman's delight, Argyle Lake State
Park has a full complement of recreational
opportunities. Just 7 miles from Macomb, Argyle Lake
also offers picnicking, camping, hiking and boating
facilities in a scenic, natural setting.
With its 93-acre lake for boating and fishing, 5
miles of rugged foot trails through luxuriant virgin
forests, and full-service campgrounds, this heavily
wooded, 1,700-acre site is the ideal place to spend
a day, a weekend, or longer.
Rich in local history, Argyle Hollow (now
occupied by the lake) was once part of the old stage
route between Galena and Beardstown. Several times a
week the high-wheeled cumbersome coaches with their
double teams of horses rumbled through these
beautiful hills and valleys.
The region itself long was a source of coal, clay
and limestone. In fact, in times past it was common
for individuals to open and dig their own
"drift mines" to supplement their personal
incomes. Several limestone quarries in the general
area still are in operation today.
In 1948, the state purchased the land from local
farmers and homesteaders, erected the dam which
created the lake and dedicated Argyle Lake State
Park to the citizens of Illinois.
Today, whether your preference is viewing
wildflowers and fresh foliage in the spring,
picnicking, fishing and boating in the summer,
appreciating the brilliant fall colors or sledding
and snowmobiling in the winter, Argyle Lake State
Park is a great place to visit.
How long has it been since you've packed a picnic
lunch and headed for a park? At Argyle Lake State
Park there are 10 shaded picnic areas placed
conveniently throughout the area, with tables,
grills and water. There's also a playground located
close to the three larger shelters to keep the
children busy that features swings and a slide. The
shelters are available for people to reserve for
family reunions, gatherings, etc.
For longer visits, the park offer a variety of
camping opportunities. The Twisted Oak campground
contains 86 Class A campsites, the Big Oaks
campground contains 24 Class B/E and 18 Class C
campsites - featuring vehicle access and restrooms,
finally our Twin Oaks campground has 31 Class D
(primitive) sites. A disposal station and restrooms
with showers are also available. Reservations are
Concession and Restaurant
The concession stand is located near the boat
dock. There are boat rentals, bait, firewood, snacks
and ice for sale. The hours for the bait shop are 7
a.m. to 7 p.m., 7 days a week.
The 5 miles of foot trails provide unparalleled
scenic enjoyment. There are 12 trails and most are
classified as difficult to very difficult, but
Blackberry and Pitch Pine trails are rated as
moderate. Be sure to look for the beaver dams along
Shore Trail. There also are more than 200 bird
species that call Argyle Lake home.
Boating and Fishing
The lake is stocked with bluegill, redear,
channel catfish, largemouth bass, crappie, tiger
muskie and rainbow trout. There is a 10 horsepower
motor limit, and a public boat launch and docks are
available for boats and pontoons. Canoe and boat
rentals also are available.
For equestrian enthusiasts there is a rugged,
7-mile equestrian trail. An equestrian campground
also is available.
Upland game hunting is allowed on a limited
basis. Please check with the park office for
specific dates, species and regulations. Hunter Fact
Events | Interpretive Programs
Argyle Lake is the site of the Argyle Antique Gas
Engine Show, a festive celebration of times past.
It's a great way to spend Labor Day weekend. You'll
see demonstrations of wheat threshing, hay baling,
sawmilling, sorghum making and blacksmithing. You
can also watch crafts persons make quilts, whittle
and make rugs. In addition, hundreds of antique
tractors, cars and gas engines are on display. For
bargain hunters, there also is a giant fleamarket.
Open year-round, Argyle Lake State Park is
ideally suited for ice skating, ice fishing,
snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, sledding or just
playing in the snow.
From Chicago, take either Interstate 80 or
Interstate 88 west to Interstate 74. Take Interstate
74 South to Route 34. Take Route 34 West to Route
67. Take Route 67 South to Route 136. Take Route 136
West to Colchester and the park is 2 miles north of
Colchester on Coal Road. Coal Road runs north of the
Sinclair Station in Colchester.
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