Lake Charleston

Visit Lake Charleston for birdwatching, kayaking, fishing, biking, picnicking, and playing! Lake Charleston's trails connect to Sister City Park, Lakeview Park, and Woodyard Park. Over 9 miles of trails to hike and mountain bike! 
Lake Charleston requires your boat to have a valid state licensing sticker. All sizes of motors are allowed on the water, but must adhere to the “No Wake” rule (Boats may not go more than 5MPH unless wind conditions require it; boats need to avoid creating large waves in the water).

When fishing, please make sure that everyone ages 16 and older have a valid fishing license. 

Fowl hunting is allowed, but you must register with the City first. This can be done by calling 217-345-5650 or visiting us at 520 Jackson Ave, Charleston, IL during operating hours.

Kayak rentals are available on site as a self-service rental program, details can be found here.
For a pdf of the rental instructions,  click here. 

The Lake Charleston pavilion may be reserved online, and there is a $10 fee for Saturday and Sunday rentals. 

Online trail map here.

PDF versions by clicking on the images below.

lake map

River Trail Map2023