Boat Sticker Fees




150 +

Daily $10$15

Canoes Kayaks 



  • Lake lot lessees are now allowed Jet Skis on the same days as boating with lake registration $100/yr
  • Boat length limits: 21ft for regular, 28ft for Pontoons​
  • Skiing and Tubing 10am - 7pm , Not allowed on Wednesdays
  •  ALL skiing boats must have a competent observer aboard and orange flag displayed.
  • All boats must have a daily or yearly permit prior to launching which can be obtained at the Lake Office.
  • Wake boats are NOT permitted on the lake
  • Like jackets for every person on board.
  • Persons under 13 must wear a life jacket at all times 
  • Three persons are required when skiing, 2 competent and 1 skier
  • No wake dusk to dawn, slow areas where buoys are present.
  • Lake traffic is counter clockwise right to left
  • New Lake speed limit is 35 miles per hour
  •  Old Lake, no wake​
  • And all IDNR boating regulations, running lights required after dusk
  • Pricing changes may occur per administration 

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.

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.


Lake Office

Beach Rules 

The Lake Office

The Gillespie Lakes Office and Store has a little something for every. Come on in and say hello. 

Lake Regulation​s

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

Pavilions are available for Rent $25/day with $25 deposit refunded upon cleanup inspection

Reservations are recommended

Gillespie Lakes