Coffeen Lake Reopened Following Oil Spill

Coffeen Lake in Montgomery County was reopened to boating and fishing Tuesday afternoon, following the completion of an oil spill cleanup. Illinois Department of Natural Resources Communications Director Chris Young said the cleanup effort is complete on the main lake, but boaters are urged to avoid a line of collection booms blocking the hot water discharge ditch just south of the hot water ditch restricted area.

Coffeen Lake has been closed to boating since February 25 while a turbine oil leak at the Coffeen Power Station was cleaned up. No direct impact on fish or wildlife was observed. However, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency recommended the closure to expedite cleanup activities.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources manages recreational access to the lake.