The Lake Services Section is responsible for operating and maintaining Lake Decatur. This includes shoreline erosion control and stabilization, debris removal, mowing of city property adjacent to the lake, maintenance of public boat ramps, Lake Patrol (which enforces City Code Chapter 66, Regulation of Lake Decatur), lake special events, and dredging operations.

The Lake Section supports large, free public events held in Nelson Park and Lake Decatur each year including the Fourth of July Celebration.

The City’s 2014 through 2019 dredging project removed lake sediment from Basins 1, 2, 3 & 4.  11,110,991 cubic yards of material (or 6,887 acre feet) was dredged to increase the lake’s storage capacity by 30%.

Lake Office
(Located in Nelson Park)
1101 S. Lake Front Rd., Decatur, IL  62521

(217) 424-2837

Lake Patrol Hours of Operation:

Monday7am-3:30pm
Tuesday7am-3:30pm
Wednesday7am-3:30pm
Thursday7am-3:30pm
Friday7am-3:30pm

 

Gas Sales (Boat) Hours of Operation:
(Pump located next to Nelson Park boat ramp)

CLOSED FOR THE SEASON

 

2024 Lake Events

EventDate
APRIL 2024
IL Bass Nation7th
Decatur Bass Masters14th
Luke Estel Bass Tournament21st
MAY 2024
Heart of Illinois Crappie Club4th
Luke Estel Bass5th
Lake Decatur Bass Masters8th, 22nd
Lincolnland Bass Masters11th
Macon County Crappie19th
Lake Jacksonville Bass25th
JUNE 2024
Sailboat Reggatta1st, 2nd
Springfield Crappie Club2nd
Lake Decatur Bass Masters5th, 19th
Boat Races7th, 8th, 9th
Luke Estel Bass Tournament30th
JULY 2024
Lake Decatur Bass Masters10th, 24th
AUGUST 2024
Lake Decatur Bass Masters7th, 28th
Pana City Rose Hookers10th
SEPTEMBER 2024
Boat Races6th, 7th, 8th
Lake Decatur Bass Masters11th, 22nd
Springfield Crappie15th
Heart of Illinois Crappie21st
Luke Estel Bass Tournament29th
OCTOBER 2024
Luke Estell Bass Tournament6th
M/F High School12th, 13th
Lake Decatur Bass Masters20th
NOVEMBER 2024
Springfield Crappie Club10th