Welcome to Lake Petersburg

Welcome to Lake PetersburgWelcome to Lake PetersburgWelcome to Lake Petersburg

The formal dedication ceremony for Lake Petersburg was held on Labor Day, September 2nd, 1963.

About Lake Petersburg


Private Lakefront Community

Lake Petersburg is less than 25 miles from Springfield, IL and located between the city of Petersburg and historic Lincoln's New Salem State Park in Central Illinois. With 14 miles of shoreline and almost 200 acres in size, it is large enough for boating and fishing, but rural enough to provide a relaxing quality of life to its residents. 

The 18-hole Shambolee Golf Course is located adjacent to the south-east edge of the Lake Petersburg development. Fishing and boating is restricted to families of lake homeowners and lot owners (along with their guests.) All houses at Lake Petersburg are located on lake front lots.


Fishing, Boating, Kayaking and more

The Lake Petersburg Association, an Illinois not-for-profit corporation, was formed April 1960. At this time the final site selection for Lake Petersburg was announced and consisted of approximately 1,000 acres. After moving approximately 900,000 cubic yard of earth, the dam was completed on August 26, 1963 and officially dedicated on Labor Day 1963. - The project was more than $424,000 - all of which was financed without state or federal funding.

Just a few miles north and you will find the town of Petersburg.  It blends the old and the new into a place that is great  to visit. To find out more about Petersburg and area businesses,  Click Here.


Lake Petersburg Statistics

  • 1400 Acres Watershed
  • 14 Miles Shoreline
  • 190.7 Acres Under Water
  • 12 Miles Of Roads
  • 24 FT Average Depth
  • 65 FT  Depth At Dam
  • Located in Menard County, IL

Contact Us

Drop us a line!

Call, Email or Stop By

Office: 217-632-7492 

Email: LakeOffice@LakePetersburg.org

Lake Ranger: 217-801-4641

Email: LakeRanger@LakePetersburg.org

Lake Patrol:  New number coming soon

Sewer Emergency: 217-632-0000 

Lake Petersburg Association

17754 N Shore Dr, Petersburg, Illinois 62675, United States

(217) 632-7492




NOTICE:  The Lake Office is closed  until April 30th due to the stay at home order issued by Illinois' Governor.

Summer Office Hours  (March 15 - October 15) 

Monday: 2pm - 6pm Wednesday: 2pm - 6pm

Friday: 2pm - 6pm

1st Sat. each month 9 am - Noon

Winter Office Hours  (October 14 - March 14)

 Monday: 2pm - 6pm 

Wednesday: 2pm - 6pm

Office CLOSED-December 15-February 1 with emails and phone messages monitored periodically