Beaver Dam is located 7 miles south of Carlinville, Illinois in Macoupin County. Bought in 1947 by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Beaver Dam became a State Park. It is 750 acres in size. It was first made for fishing. However, over the years, two camping sites were established. There is an area for tents and another for recreational vehicles. It also has 8 miles of hiking trails, archery range, fish cleaning station, restaurant, playgrounds, and numerous picnic areas.
The artificial reservoir was built in 1890 by a private fishing club and first used as a private resort.
To keep the lake clean, no boats with gasoline motors are allowed on the like. The Lake does have paddle boats. However, most of the fishing is done along the banks of the big lake.
A large part of the trees throughout the park or Oak and Hickory. The nature of the area is a combination of low wetlands, forest, upland, open fields, farmland, and a combination of a lake and marsh.
One animal that not many individuals know about is that of the “White Squirrel.” It is not an albino. It is a member of the Grey Squirrel family. they are often seen within the boundaries of the park.
There are plenty of restrooms throughout the park. In the area of the recreational vehicles are electrical hookups, a sanitary dump station, a shower house, and plenty of water. Most of the roads are paved in this area. However, there are a few camp areas that just have rock pads.
The picnic areas have a few major pavilions that can be reserved for a day at a small fee. Each picnic area has a metal fireplace for cooking and grilling. Large wooden dumpsters are located close by for refuse. It is near these picnic areas that a large playground area sits for children.
At a separate location far away from the picnic and camping areas is an archery range for target practice.
The 8 miles of trail takes you through all the major nature areas of the park. It is great for picture taking as well as observing nature at it’s best.
When it comes to fishing the lake is stocked with Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Sunfish, and Channel Catfish.
There is a Ranger residence on the property. It is located as you come in the main entrance to the park. You can pay your camping fees there.
There is also a restaurant located right on the edge of the lake. Although not very large, it is crowed throughout the season, when it is open. It is especially excellent for breakfast. It also has a large deck area with Hummingbird Feeders. You can easily sit on the deck and eat breakfast and observe the action on and around the lake.
Beaver Dam State Park has something for everybody.