About Evergreen Lake

Evergreen Lake offers a wide array of fishing challenges, including large mouth bass, small mouth bass, crappie, hybrid walleye (saugeye), muskie, white bass, bluegill, channel catfish, and flat head catfish. EVERGREEN LAKE REMAINS A 10 hp LIMIT LAKE. View the new interactive depth map of Evergreen Lake or download a printable map of Evergreen Lake (PDF).

Additional lake details include:

  • Surface acres - 925 acres
  • Maximum depth - 55 feet
  • Average depth - 19 feet
  • Shoreline miles - 22.5 miles


Bait Shop is Now Closed for the Season (Opens April 6, 2024)

Boat Rental is Now Closed for the Season (Opens April 6, 2024 - Weekends Only) 

The Bait Shop offers minnows, night crawlers, red worms, wax worms, leeches, cheese baits, and cut baits. Limited tackle and ice available, too! NOTE - During the weekdays staff is not present, FOR ASSISTANCE CALL THE PARK VISITOR CENTER AT (309) 434-6770. Thank you!

Fishery Management Plan

In cooperation with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, the McLean County Department of Parks and Recreation has implemented an ongoing, long-term fishery management plan for Evergreen Lake.  Approximately 1,000 8-11 inch pure musky and 50,0000 - 75,000 1-2 inch hybrid walleye (saugeye) are stocked in the lake annually.

Evergreen Lake Regulations

-Anglers must possess a valid Illinois Fishing License as REQUIRED by law.

-Anglers using boats are limited to using a 10 Horsepower (or less) motor. -Gas motors are prohibited in certain sections of Southern Portions of the Lake from Oct 15th – Jan 1st (To allow for migratory waterfowl)

No person shall take or catch any fish or aquatic life from Evergreen Lake, Jones Pond, or their tributaries by any other method than stated:

  1. By means of not more than: 2 Poles and line with no more than 2 hooks or lures attached to each (including trolling).
  2. By means of legal sized cast nets, which may be used to obtain the following bait (provided they are not sold): Shad, Minnows, & Crayfish
  3. By means of: Pitchfork, Gigs, Bow and Arrow (or their devices) for the taking of: Carp, Asian Carp, Carpsuckers, Buffalo Gar, Bowfin, and Suckers. (Except during Illinois Archery Deer Season)
  4. By means of a Gig for taking frogs. (Frogs may be taken in open season only).

Prohibited Fishing Practices

-Bank Poles, Trot Lines, Bush Lines, Seining, or Jug Fishing are Prohibited.

-Swimming, Wading, and Float Fishing are prohibited.


-Fishing in, below or beyond the spillway is prohibited. *Cast netting prohibited below spillway*

*Asian Carp are now present in the Mackinaw River and its tributaries, including below the Spillway in Six-Mile Creek leading to the Mackinaw River. 

Fish Size Regulations

The minimum size and creel limits, in addition to those stated by the Illinois statewide fishing regulations are:

Fish caught under the size limit MUST be returned to the lake unharmed.
Fish Size Daily Creel Limit
Muskie 48 inches 1
(Hybrid Walleye)
18 inches 3
15 inches 3
(Black, White, and Hybrid)

Watercraft Registration

*Required on all watercraft* (Fishing Boats, sailboats, sailboards, canoes, paddleboards, and kayaks, etc.)

Register online, at the COMLARA Park Visitors Center during office hours, or at self-registration drop boxes located at both boat launch facilities.

Type of McLean County Non-County

Registration      Residents     NON-Residents

Daily                   $15.00           $20.00

Annual                $38.00           $48.00

2024 Evergreen Lake Watercraft Decals Are In!

2024 Evergreen Lake Watercraft Decals can now be purchased on-line at:  OR in-person/phone-in at the COMLARA Park Visitor Center during operating hours, Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

*10 horsepower or less motor restriction on Evergreen Lake.

*10 horsepower + motors are allowed for loading and unloading, but must otherwise remain out of the water.

BAIT SHOP OPEN APRIL - OCT. 15.   NOW ON LATE SUMMER/FALL HOURS:  Open 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Daily.  

Hours and bait availability may vary.

Lake Closed During Deer Management Program (Firearm): Friday - Sunday before Thanksgiving Weekend & Thursday - Sunday after Thanksgiving Weekend

Seasonal Watercraft Mooring Slips

Dock Mooring for Pontoons/Boats
$450.00 for NON-McLean County Residents & $350.00 for McLean County Residents

Mooring for Canoes/Kayaks
$75.00 for NON-McLean County Residents & $55.00 for McLean County Residents