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[AUG. 25, 2005]  ROCHESTER -- Construction begins this week on rehabilitation of the East Harbor Boat Access at Sangchris Lake State Park in central Illinois, a project that will provide boaters with easier and more convenient access to Sangchris Lake.

While the East Harbor boat ramps will be closed beginning today (Thursday), boaters at Sangchris Lake can continue to use both the West Boat Access and the Strawkus Point Boat Access, located at the south end of the lake, off Illinois Route 104.

"This much-needed project will enhance boat access for anglers, hunters and others who enjoy spending time on the water at Sangchris Lake," said Illinois Department of Natural Resources Director Joel Brunsvold. "The capital improvement project will have long-term benefits for area residents and visitors to central Illinois who make Sangchris Lake State Park a year-round destination."

The rehabilitation of the East Harbor Boat Access includes removal of approximately 4 feet of sediment and clay, installations of new boat ramps and boat docks, construction of a new vault toilet facility, and a fish cleaning station. The existing East Harbor boat ramps must be closed when the lake level falls 3 feet or more below normal pool. The new ramps will allow use of the boat access even during low-water conditions.

The project also includes new sidewalks, benches, security lighting, a yard hydrant and information kiosk. All facilities will be accessible for people with disabilities.

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In addition to the improvements at the East Harbor Boat Access, the project also includes replacement of the existing docks at the Strawkus Point area with new accessible boat docks.

All construction related to the project should be completed late this year.

The $307,000 project is funded through state and federal boat access programs supported by boat fuel and excise taxes and registration fees paid by boaters.

The 3,022-acre Sangchris Lake State Park is located on the Sangamon-Christian County line, southeast of Springfield. The lake is one of the state's most popular fisheries, while the park provides camping, hiking, equestrian trails and a variety of hunting opportunities.

For more information on Sangchris Lake State Park, contact the site office at (217) 498-9208.

[Illinois Department of Natural Resources news release]

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