Lake Storey Beach



1572 Machen Drive; 309/345-3603 

Lake Storey was constructed during the years of 1927 and 1929, by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway.  The lake was erected so that locomotives would have soft water to run through them, as the City Reservoir was considered too harsh for the boilers and pistons.  The Lake was originally named "Santa Fe" but later renamed "Lake Storey" for W.B. Storey, President of the Railway.  In 1952 the Santa Fe Railway Company deeded the lake over to the City of Galesburg.

Enjoy the serenity of Lake Storey Beach, Pavilion and Park this spring and summer. A beautiful retaining wall surrounds the golden sand on the beach. Sidewalks will lead you directly onto the beach and down to the boat ramp. Modernized showers and locker room facilities are available for your convenience. Check out the tube waterslide for a bit of fun and excitement. This is the perfect place to spend your spring and summer days. We just ask that you take care of the facilities and landscaping to help keep our parks well maintained and clean.

Lake Storey Beach Hours

(Saturday, May 23 - Monday, September 7, 2015)
Open Friday-Saturday-Sunday-Holidays:  11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
*Closed on Galesburg District #205 school days.
*Swimming is NOT allowed when lifeguards are not on duty, for your safety!

*Dogs are prohibited from the beach area.

*Alcohol is prohibited anywhere in Lake Storey Park.


Lake Storey Waterslide
Grab a tube and slide down Lake Storey's very own tube slide.
Waterslide Rates:
FEE:$2/3 rides, $5/10 rides, and $10 all day fun rides

Lake Storey Boat Rentals

Cruise along the banks of Lake Storey in one of our pleasure rental rides. 
Paddle boat, canoe, and Jon boat
FEE: $8/ hr

Personal Boats

Personal canoes, kayaks, jon boats and small sail boats may be used on the lake as long as they are registered with the Illinois Department of Conservation. The City of Galesburg only allows electric trolling motors on Lake Storey, gas power motors may not be used.

All Day Fun-Pak

Waterslide and Boat Rentals
Individual $20
Family $45
(4 individuals per family)
*The family must reside in the same household.
There will be an additional $5 per family member if there are more than four in the family.


All Illinois State regulations apply, individuals fishing must have an Illinois Fishing License. Lake Storey is managed by the IDNR and stocked regularly with Channel Catfish, Walleye and Muskie. Fishing is excellent for these species as well as Large Mouth Bass and Crappie. Daily fish limits and length limits: Catfish (all species) 6 fish, no size limit; Bass 6 fish, 1 over 15 inches and 5 under 12 inches; Muskie, one fish 42 inch minimum length; Walleye 3 fish, 14 inch minimum length; Bluegill and/or red ear sunfish, 25 fish, no size limit; Crappie no daily or size limit. Fishing tackle and live bait are available at nearby Galesburg retail outlets.

Love Them, but Don't Feed Them

Please do not feed the wildlife. Feeding may be fun, but in kindness to the wildlife and consideration for the balance of nature it is not good. Breadcrumbs and popcorn are not good wildlife food. If you feed the birds and animals, they lose their food foraging instinct and the need to migrate.

Lake Storey Beach Fourth of July Reminders

To help ensure that this 4th of July is safe and enjoyable for everyone utilizing Lake Storey, please remember these safety tips:
*All fireworks and alcohol are prohibited
*Parents, please watch your children
*Use the Buddy System so you do not get lost in the crowd. This helps keep you safe in the water, too
*Help the lifeguards do their job by listening to them and following the rules
*Play it safe this Independence Day, do not swim alone or without a buddy.

Do not forget fireworks at Lake Storey Beach at sunset.





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