One of the jewels of the SIU campus is its 40-acre spring-fed lake. In 1956, the lake was purchased from the Thompson family and was drained and cleaned. As the lake underwent restoration, docks for canoes and rowboats were added.
Due to potentially harmful algae, Campus Lake has been closed to users for several months each of the past three years. The water level has been lowered to restore the health of the lake and will return to normal levels in 12 to 15 months.
A beautification project will enhance the students, alumni and community experience at Campus Lake. Among the proposed additions are fountains, restrooms, benches, picnic tables, accessible fishing docks, boulders, boardwalk landscape enhancements and aquatic tree plantings.
Your support of the Campus Lake beautification project will allow the University to preserve and maintain this for generations to come. Thank you for your investment in this project.