Lake Storey


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. 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.


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.

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