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Argyle Lake State Park, IL

Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
Max reservation window: Thu Oct 16 2014   Later Dates


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.

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • Amphitheater
  • Arboretum
  • Archeological Sites
  • Bath House
  • Bicycling
  • Bird Watching
  • Boat Launch Ramp
  • Boating
  • Boating, Canoeing
  • Boating, Kayaking
  • Boating, Pedal
  • Campground Host
  • Camping, Equestrian
  • Camping, Primitive
  • Canoe Rental
  • Canoeing
  • Dock, Boat
  • Docks, Fishing/Crabbing
  • Dump Station, Camper
  • Fire Rings
  • Fishing
  • Fishing, Park Lake
  • Fishing, River/Stream
  • Fuel, Vehicles
  • Geological Formations
  • Grills
  • Grocery Store
  • Handicap Sites
  • Hiking
  • Hiking - Difficult
  • Hiking - Moderate
  • Hiking Trail
  • Historic Sites
  • Historical Areas/Struct.
  • Horse Stalls
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseshoe Pitching
  • Horseshoes
  • Hunting
  • Information/Contact Station
  • Interpretive Center
  • Interpretive Exhibit/Display
  • Interpretive Trail
  • Interpretive Waysides
  • Jogging/Running
  • Kiosk
  • Maintenance, Facility
  • Maintenance, RV/Camper
  • Maintenance, Vehicle
  • Moorage
  • Nature Center
  • Nature Study
  • Office/Ranger Station
  • Paddle Boating
  • Park Lake
  • Parking
  • Photography
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Pavilion
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnicking
  • Playground
  • Powerboating
  • Programs, Nature
  • Recycling Station
  • Rent Bicycles
  • Rent Canoes/Kayaks
  • Rent Paddle Boat
  • Rentals, Boat, Motorized
  • Rentals, Boat, Pedal
  • Restaurant
  • Restrooms
  • Retail, Drinks
  • Retail, Firewood
  • Retail, Ice
  • Retail, Seasonal Concessions
  • Retail, Snacks
  • Retail, Supplies
  • River/Stream
  • Sail Boating
  • Shelters
  • Showers
  • Stargazing
  • Sunbathing
  • Tennis Court
  • Town
  • Trails, Difficult Hiking
  • Trails, Equestrian
  • Trails, Moderate Hiking
  • Trails, Mountain Bike
  • Walking
  • Water Access, Park Lake
  • Water, Drinking
  • Wildflower Viewing
  • Wildlife Viewing
Less Than 1 Mile
  • Winery Tours
Greater Than 1 Mile
  • Emergency Services
  • First Aid Supplies
  • Fuel, Boats
  • Laundry
  • Pay Telephone
  • Tennis
Within 10 Miles
  • Admin Service, Copying
  • Admin Service, Faxing
  • Antiquing
  • Area attraction
  • Art & Museum
  • Ball Field
  • Cable/Satellite Service
  • Car Rentals
  • Cash Machine/Atm
  • Catering
  • Church
  • Cultural Activities
  • Cultural sites / Exhibtits
  • Dining
  • Field Sports/Activities
  • Fruit / Produce Picking
  • Golf
  • Golfing
  • Group/Community Facility
  • Hospital
  • Kennel
  • Medical Clinic
  • Meeting Space
  • Mobile Food Service
  • Motel
  • Museum
  • Musical Performances
  • Newspapers
  • Outfitter
  • Propane
  • Putt-Putt Course
  • Putt-putt
  • Recreation Programs
  • Retail, Bait & Tackle
  • Retail, Store/Gift Shop
  • Rock Climbing
  • Seasonal Festivals
  • Shopping
  • Sightseeing
  • Swimming - Pool
  • Trails, Bicycle
  • Trails, Easy Hiking/Walking
Greater Than 10 Miles
  • Airport
  • Archery
  • Auto Touring/Scenic Rtes
  • Cave Exploring/Spelunking
  • Driftwood Collecting
  • Maintenance, Boat
  • Mall
  • Skiing - Water
Alerts and Important Information
  • Shelter Reservations are non-refundable unless the area is closed by the Department, in this circumstance the Site Manager will contact you prior to your reservation date to cancel and issue your refund.
  • A responsible adult (18 years of age or older) from the camping party must register for the party and thereby acknowledge compliance with the rules and regulations of the park for the party.
  • For specific park information or questions regarding your reservation, please call the Park Office at (309)776-3422
  • Getting There:

    GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
    40.45639, -90.79056
    40°27'23"N, 90°47'26"W

    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.

    Contact Information:

    Mailing Address:

    Argyle Lake State Park
    640 Argyle Park Road
    Colchester IL 62326

    Special Events:

      The events listed here are not intended to be an all inclusive list. Please contact the park for further details.

    • Event is held the first Saturday in March each year. Individuals attending the festival will experience the tapping of the maple trees, collection of the sap, boiling down of sap into syrup, and a taste of the finished product. Tours to collect sap at the maple grove will depart regularly and several children’s activities will be ongoing throughout the day. This event is sponsored through the cooperative efforts of the Friends of Argyle Lake State Park and park staff. Free refreshments will be provided and maple syrup and maple candy will be available for sale. For more information, please call the park visitor center at (309) 776-3422. from Mar 01 2010 to Dec 31 2050
    • Held Friday through Monday of Labor Day Weekend in September. from Sep 04 2010 to Sep 06 2010