A midwestern getaway, Effingham, IL USA Female Paddleboarder at Lake Sara Astrid Johana Photography

Lake Sara

Lake Sara is a quiet cove at dawn, where the only sound is the whirl of a casting reel and the gentle splash of a paddleboarder’s paddle hitting the water’s surface; a sunny afternoon slalom skiing behind a powerboat or running along the beach; a family picnic, near the playground, or a gathering of old friend’s at Pinky’s, with a waterfront view.

With its crystal-clear waters and serene surroundings, Lake Sara offers an idyllic escape for nature enthusiasts and water lovers alike. Whether you're seeking a day of fishing, boating, or simply unwinding by the shore, this picturesque lake provides the perfect backdrop for relaxation and outdoor adventure.

Fishing, especially, is a treasured pastime at the lake, which houses a wide variety of fish, including: black bass, crappie, bluegill, channel catfish and walleye. Other popular features include a public beach, an all-new playground, disc golf course, a boat-launching area, boat rentals, camping, golf courses, delicious food and drinks and picnic areas.

Visit this 640-acre recreational lake, nestled into a wooded shoreline, encircled by a winding road. Stay for a day, a week or a season, and enjoy the shores of Lake Sara. Visit www.effinghamwaterauthority.org for more information.