Beaver Dam

Archery Range

An archery range is located across from the concession and may be used free of charge. Archers must bring their own bow and arrows. Broadhead points are not allowed. All archers under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.


The Plainview Winery Cafe is a full-service restaurant with indoor and outdoor deck seating located on the edge of the beautiful lake. The restaurant is open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 11am to 7 pm and Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 8am to 8pm, closed on Tuesday. The Cafe can be reached at 217-854-6688.


Beaver Dam State Park’s 59-acre lake, which has a maximum depth of 10 feet and 1.7 miles of shoreline, is a great fishing destination. Over the years, the lake has been stocked with largemouth bass, bluegill, sunfish and channel catfish. A free boat launch and docks are available for public use. No gasoline engines are allowed, only electric trolling motors. Check the information kiosk display for daily catch and size limits.

Hiking Trails

Approximately 8 miles of hiking trails within Beaver Dam State Park encircle the lake, lead past the marsh, and extend through various wooded areas in the park.


Spring Turkey, Archery Deer, Squirrel and Furbearer trapping are available at Beaver Dam during the regulated seasons.

For hunting season details and regulations, check the Hunter Fact Sheets for Beaver Dam and Goodes Woods at Hunter Fact Sheets.


The picnic area at Beaver Dam State Park, with picnic tables and barbecue grills provided (or picnickers may bring their own grills), features four pavilions that can be reserved by using ExploreMoreIL™.


The Beaver Dam playground is located in the picnic area.

Winter Activities

When conditions are suitable, ice fishing and ice skating are permitted. Adequate snow cover permits cross-country skiing and sledding.