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.
Pavilions are available for Rent $25/day with $25 deposit refunded upon cleanup inspection
Reservations are recommended
Gillespie New Lake is 207 acres in size. It is approximately 30 feet deep at its deepest point. 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.
The Gillespie Lakes Office is the center for information and checkin for camping and boating stickers. There is also a store with a wide selection of snacks, boating, fishing accessories. So it has a little something for everyone.
2023 Open Date is May 26th
Hours: 10am-6pm everyday
Quiet time starts at 10pm til dawn
All campers must have camping permits and register at the Lake office prior to entering campsite
Area must be keep clean at all times.
Campfires in firepits ONLY.
NO Cutting of trees
NO nails or spikes in trees
NO bottles, cans or trash in the campfire.
All campfires must be extinguished prior to departing
Pets must be leashed as all times and monitored
Loud music and/or profanity is not permitted
NO Firearms, air rifles or other type of weapons
No ATVs, dirt bikes or unlicensed vehicles permitted
Parents are responsible for children at all times
No refund on camping fees
Only 2 vehicles per site
Clean camping site prior to check out to avoid penalties