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Kaufman Lake

2702 W. Springfield Ave.

Open Dawn to Dusk

About Kaufman Lake:

  • Established: 1968-73
  • Distance around lake: 0.75 miles
  • Acres: 29.1
  • Donors: Stanley & Josephine Kaufman (park land) and Joan Swartz (lake)
  • Grants: 2010: $71,286 Community Foundation grant for accessible fishing pier. 2010: $200,000 IL Dept of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO) grant for lake road development. 2014: DCEO grant for lake road development.
  • Kaufman Park Aerial Download
  • “Wind Chimes” sculpture by Jim Gladney
  • General Fishing Regulations
  • NOTE: The lake will be closed to fishing March 21-31, 2023. Trout season opens April 1, 2023 at 5a.

Kaufman Lake offers outdoor fun for individuals and families. Picnic tables are located around the lake, and a variety of activities are scheduled throughout the year. For your safety, ice skating, ice fishing, and swimming are prohibited on Kaufman Lake.

Radio Controlled Boats

Remote controlled boats are welcome on Kaufman and Mattis lakes provided their operators follow lake rules, regulations, and proper boat etiquette. Excessive noise is prohibited.

Personal Canoes & Kayaks

Personal canoes, kayaks, and paddle boards are welcome on Park District lakes.  No motorized watercrafts are allowed.

Rental Information

The Kaufman Lake Boathouse, as well as other Kaufman Lake amenities, may be rented for parties and group gatherings. Please contact misty.stocking@champaignparks.com to book your rental or for more information. See our Rentals page for other rental facilities.

Kaufman Lake Park

  • park permit required for groups of 25 or more
  • No fee unless the park permit holder intends to hold a concert, fundraiser or similar revenue-generating event in the park
  • Insurance coverage may be required for any type of use

Hayrack Rides

  • Includes driver
  • Weekends only
  • reservations begin April 1st and continue through Nov 1st
  • Seats approximately 12-15 people

Fire Ring

  • park permit required
  • permit and fee must be received 10 days prior to date requested
  • 20 pieces of split wood provided by request
  • reservations begin January and last through October

Cross Country Skiing

The Greenbelt Bikeway and Kaufman Lake perimeter are available to cross country ski enthusiasts from 6:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. daily.



  • For your safety, ice fishing is prohibited on Kaufman Lake.
  • All State of Illinois fishing license requirements apply at Kaufman Lake. The lake is stocked with channel catfish, large mouth bass, redear sunfish, and bluegill sunfish.
  • Daily catch limits:
    • 2 channel catfish per person; no size limit.
    • 1 large mouth bass per person; minimum 15″ length.
    • No large mouth bass under 15″ may be taken.
    • No size or catch limit on other species.
    • For the health of the lake and its native fish population, please do not release carp back into the lake.

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