Activities at Sam Dale Lake


Hunters will be delighted with rolling open fields interspersed by evergreen plantings and fence rows which are perfect game hunting habitat. Hunting is restricted to the 930 acres posted for hunting. For the convenience of visitors, Windshield Cards for hunting can be obtained online for archery deer hunting, fall archery turkey hunting, squirrel, dove, rabbit, quail, and furbearer trappers. The Windshield Card permit must be displayed in the windshield while hunting or trapping. All hunting is to be with shotgun or bow and arrow only. For additional hunting information, check the Hunter Fact Sheet for Sam Dale Lake SFWA


The long, narrow lake at Sam Dale Lake SFWA has many curves and fingers, making it an ideal setting for the avid fisherman. Species available include largemouth bass, bluegill, redear, crappie and channel catfish. Two launching ramps, boat docks and several floating fishing docks. The motor limit is 10 HP. A concession stand sells fishing bait near the boat dock area.


Two Class B/E campgrounds provide the overnight visitor with necessary amenities in a shady, secluded section of the park. These campsites have electricity and a sanitary dump station. One has a playground close by for small children. Tent and group camping areas also are available, including a handicapped pad in one campground. Campsite reservations are accepted online through the Reserve America website at ExploreMoreIL™.


Hikers at Sam Dale Lake SFWA will delight at the sights and sounds along the 3.2-mile nature trail as it winds through the wooded area in a circular pattern with three major loops. The trail skirts the lake for an easy side trip to the shore. A 1.6-mile trail from the group campground area to the dam winds along the lake.


The tall, shady trees and plentiful flowers and greenery beckon many nature-lovers to the Sam Dale Lake picnic areas. Three picnic areas have shelters and are reservable online through the Reserve America website at ExploreMoreIL™. Several picnic areas are available with tables, drinking fountains, and outdoor stoves. Playground equipment is nearby. A concession stand offers sandwiches and cold drinks.