Argyle Lake State Park Article

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Argyle Lake State Park
Map showing the location of Argyle Lake State Park
Map showing the location of Argyle Lake State Park
Map of the U.S. state of Illinois showing the location of Argyle Lake State Park
Location McDonough County, Illinois, United States
Nearest city Colchester, Illinois
Coordinates 40°27′19″N 90°47′20″W / 40.45528°N 90.78889°W / 40.45528; -90.78889
ARGYLE LAKE STATE PARK Latitude and Longitude:

40°27′19″N 90°47′20″W / 40.45528°N 90.78889°W / 40.45528; -90.78889
Area1,700 acres (690 ha)
Established1948
Governing body Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Argyle Lake
Location McDonough County, Illinois, United States
Coordinates 40°27′19″N 90°47′20″W / 40.45528°N 90.78889°W / 40.45528; -90.78889
Basin countriesUnited States
Surface area93 acres (38 ha)
Max. depth37 ft (11 m)
Surface elevation611 ft (186 m)
Settlementsnear Colchester, Illinois

Argyle Lake State Park is an Illinois state park located in Colchester, Illinois. The 1,700-acre (688 ha) park is home to the 93-acre (38 ha) Argyle Lake and 5 miles (8 km) of hiking trails and wooded campsites.

The land for the state park was purchased by the state in 1948 from local farmers. Argyle Lake, an artificial lake, was later created by damming a nearby water source. The area now occupied by the lake was once the home of "Argyle Hollow," part of the 19th century stagecoach route between Galena and Beardstown. The region was a source of coal, clay and limestone. While many of the brick works, clay and pottery operations have since closed, some limestone quarries in the area are still in operation today.

There have been numerous Bigfoot sightings at the lake in recent years. [1]

References

  1. ^ "Daylight sighting by a camper in Argyle Lake State Park". Bigfoot Field Research Organization. Retrieved 12 May 2017.