Lake Bloomington

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Welcome to Lake Bloomington!

Located approximately 15 miles North of Bloomington IL, Lake Bloomington is easily accessible by taking I-39 North to the Lake Bloomington Exit, then proceeding east on the Lake Bloomington Road (2500N) 4 miles.

Lake Bloomington, a 635 acre reservoir, with 18.5 miles of shoreline, is owned by the City of Bloomington, IL and is maintained and operated by the City’s Public Works Department. Built in 1929, Lake Bloomington’s primary purpose is to serve as a source of potable water for the City of Bloomington and several nearby communities. In addition, Lake Bloomington serves as host to over 220 residential sites and numerous Public Park Areas available for outdoor activities.

ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES ARE PROHIBITED IN ANY PUBLIC USE AREA OF THE LAKE

For more information about Lake Bloomington and its facilities, please select a topic below.
Boating
Recreational boating is permitted at Lake Bloomington. The boat ramp is located in Hubbard Park and can be reached by taking County Road 1750 East to Park View Lane. Turn East on Park View which will take you directly to the boat ramp and parking. Boaters must comply with the following provisions:

1. All boats must have a current State and City of Bloomington License. To obtain a City of Bloomington Boat License all applicants are required to show proof of watercraft liability insurance, in the amount of at least $100,000.00, and evidence of current State Registration. License may be purchased through the mail by downloading the Application from this site and following the instructions on the bottom of the form. A copy of this application will then serve as a temporary license. A City of Bloomington License sticker will be mailed in return. City of Bloomington License are also available by using a self registration box located at the Lake Bloomington Park Office next to Davis Lodge. Click here to download the Boat License Application.

2. Boats operating on the Lake must carry all State required equipment. (PFD’s, fire extinguisher, whistle or horn, etc.) And obey all State of Illinois regulations.

3. Maximum 40 horsepower limit.

4. Maximum speed limit of 25 mph.

5. All boats must obey all posted “NO WAKE” areas. The entire Lake is “NO WAKE” from ½ hour after sunset until 7:00 am.

6. Racing is prohibited.

7. During Skiing hours (noon - 7:00pm) all boats operating in the area open to skiing shall operate in a counter clockwise pattern and shall make all turns counter clockwise. (see skiing)

8. All motorized boats must yield to any sail-powered or muscle-powered craft.

9. All passengers must be properly seated when underway.

10. All passengers under age 13 must wear approved PFD while the boat is underway.

11. Operating a boat while UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL OR DRUGS IS PROHIBITED.

12. Careless or reckless operation of any type will not be tolerated.

13. No jet skis, jet-propelled, or air driven craft of any type are allowed.

14. Swimming from boats is prohibited.
Skiing
Recreational skiing is permitted at Lake Bloomington. This includes tubing or related activities. Skiers must comply with the following provisions:

1. Skiing is allowed from noon to 7:00pm only.

2. Skiers must wear approved jacket type PFD.

3. At least 2 people qualified to operate the boat must be aboard while pulling a skier. One to act as an observer.

4. Skiing within 100 ft of any dock, shore, raft, buoy, or other watercraft is prohibited.

5. Boats may pull only 1 person at a time.

6. Skiers must start from the water and not from the shore or docks.

7. Only the person actually skiing or preparing to ski shall be in the water at any time.
Fishing
A cooperative effort between the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, the City of Bloomington, the Lake Bloomington Association, as well as local fishing clubs, have helped turn Lake Bloomington into one of Central Illinois’ best-kept fishing secrets. This ongoing fish stocking and management process provides an opportunity for anglers to test their skills on an abundance of game fish, including: Walleye, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Hybrid Striped Bass, Northern Pike, Crappie, Bluegill, and Catfish. Fishing at Lake Bloomington is open to the public year-round.

Friends of EverBloom Logo Friends of EverBloom provides a free fishing pole rental program available to all ages. To take advantage of the program, stop at the Parks Office for checkout or call (309) 434-2161.



Fishing Rules and Regulations
When fishing Lake Bloomington anglers must comply with the following rules and regulations:

1. Anyone 16 years of age or older must have a valid Illinois Fishing License.

2. Two-pole and line fishing only. No Jugs or Trot lines.

3. Fishing from a boat around private docks is prohibited when swimmers are present and between sunset and sunrise.

4. No littering!

5. Fish size and creel limits:
 Fish Size  Creel Limits
 Large and Smallmouth Bass  Minimum 15” 6 per day
 Walleye  Minimum 14” 6 per day
 Northern Pike  Minimum 24” 3 per day
 Hybrid Striped Bass  Minimum 17” 3 per day
 White, Black or Hybrid Crappie  No Minimum Length 25 per day
 Bluegill or Redear Sunfish  No Minimum Length 25 per day
Parks
The City of Bloomington maintains several park areas in various locations around Lake Bloomington for general day use. Picnic tables, shelters, grills, and playground equipment are all available on a first come, first served basis. Park areas are open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

Davis Lodge is available for daily rental and is the perfect choice for family reunions, meetings, birthday parties, as well many other functions. Please click here for more information about Davis Lodge.

Rules
When using any of the Public Use Areas at Lake Bloomington, the following rules apply:

1. No swimming or wading.

2. Fires are permitted in grills only. No open fires.

3. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.

4. No overnight camping.

5. No vehicles allowed off roadway.

6. No littering!

Mucky Duck Marina
Mucky Duck Marina is a privately-owned marina which is located in Hubbard Park, just South of the Water Treatment Plant. The marina offers dock space rental to individuals. For more information on the Mucky Duck Marina, contact:

Michael Philippi, Owner: 312-343-4875
Erik Pokarney, Manager: 309-261-1150
E-mail: muckyducklakebloomington@gmail.com
City of Bloomington Contacts
City of Bloomington Contacts

Water Purification Plant
25515 Waterside Way
Hudson, IL 61748

Phone: 309-434-2158

Lake Bloomington Courtesy Patrol
25421 Davis Lodge Road
Hudson, IL 61748

Phone: 309-434-2161
Cell: 309-275-0574

Emergency: Dial 9-1-1

Lake Maintenance
25433 Davis Lodge Road
Hudson, IL 61748

Phone: 309 434-2163

Davis Lodge 
25549 Davis Lodge Road
Hudson, IL 61748

Mailing address:
City of Bloomington
25515 Waterside Way
Hudson, IL 61748

Phone: 309-434-2157
Other Area Contacts
Other Area Contacts

Timber Pointe Outdoor Recreation Center (Easter Seals)
38 Timber Pointe Lane
Hudson, IL 61748

Phone: 309-365-8021

East Bay Camp
24248 Ron Smith Memorial Highway
Hudson IL 61748

Phone: 309-365-7531

Girl Scout Camp Peairs
24201 Camp Peairs Road
Hudson, IL 61748

Phone: 309-726-1160

Mucky Duck Marina 
17845 Park View Lane 
Hudson, IL 61748 

Michael Philippi, Owner: 312-343-4875
Erik Pokarney, Manager: 309-261-1150
muckyducklakebloomington@gmail.com  

Green Gables
17485 East 2500 North Road
Hudson, IL 61748

Phone: 309-747-2496

Lake Road Inn
25106 North 1750 East Road
Hudson, IL 61748

Phone: 309-747-2558