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The Gillespie Lakes are located 3 miles northwest of Gillespie, IL in Macoupin County. Here, you will find a family oriented lake complex consisting of two lakes, Old Gillespie lake and New Gillespie lake, which comprise our Gillespie Lakes. Gillespie Lakes has been a central location for fishing, boating and camping in the state of Illinois since 1953.

If you're looking for an afternoon excursion, a vacation or something special like a family reunion, look no further than the great Gillespie Lakes!

Gillespie New Lake is 207 acres in size. It is approximately 30 feet deep at its deepest point. Anglers can expect to catch a variety of fish includingBluegill, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, White Crappie and Yellow Bullhead.

 It is owned by the City of Gillespie and is cooperatively managed with IDNR Fisheries. This There are two concrete ramps on the East end of the lake. There is also camping, fishing, swimming and store available at this site.

Part Time Summer Help 

We always need some extra help during the summer season.

Old Lake


Gillespie Lakes History

Old Lake


Fishing Instructor

None required as the fish catch themselves. 

New Lake

Gillespie Lakes

Waterski instructor.

We need a certified instructor to teach our Saturday morning classes for adults and kids.

Careers with Gillespie Lakes


New Lake

Gillespie Old Lake is 71 acres with a shoreline length of 5 miles, watershed of 3,300 acres, maximum depth of 21 feet, and average depth 8.8 feet. It is owned by the City of Gillespie and is cooperatively managed with IDNR Fisheries. This small water body is predominantly used for recreational fishing only.

Approximately 14 species occupy this fertile water body. At this time, only channel catfish are stocked periodically by IDNR Fisheries.

This lake has a trolling motor only regulation. There is one concrete ramp on the north end of the impoundment. There is also camping available at this site.