access improvement project begins at Sangchris Lake
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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.
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
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
For more information on Sangchris Lake State Park, contact the
site office at (217) 498-9208.
Department of Natural Resources news release]