Lakes and Golf Courses

Lake Sara
Lake Sara is a 640-acre recreational lake nestled into a 27-acre wooded shoreline containing residential lots, encircled by a winding road.  Come spend a day, a week or a season on the shores of Lake Sara.  Waterskiing, fishing, swimming, motor boating and camping are all available at the lake. Lake Sara is located approximately 3 miles northwest of Effingham along Route 32. Click here for a map of Lake Sara. For more information about Lake Sara, please contact the Effingham Water Authority at (217) 868-2787.  The Lake Sara Campgrounds can be contacted at (217) 868-2964.  Visit Website

Anthony Acres Resort
Located on Lake Sara. Amenities include cable tv hookups, picnic tables, private decks and grills, private beach, swimming, sundeck, bonfire pit, boat launch ramp, convenience store, bait shop, boat and pontoon rentals, complimentary water permits, washer & dryer, playground, basketball court, shuffle board, horseshoes, game room. 18 and 9 hole golf courses nearby. 15286 North Resort Road off Beach Road, Lake Sara, Effingham. For reservations call (217) 868-2950.  Visit Website

Lake Pauline
Lake Pauline is located on Rickelman Avenue on the northern part of the city. Fishing and camping are available at the lake. Camp Lakewood, a 19 acre campground, is located at the lake and can be contacted at (217) 342-2964.

Effingham Country Club
18 hole course located west of Effingham near Lake Sara. The Effingham Country Club House number is (217) 347-0423.  Visit Website

Cardinal Golf Course
The Cardinal is an 18-hole public golf course that borders Lake Sara.  The course was remodeled to include several new holes and landscaping, along with a driving range and putting green.  An outside pavilion is available for hosting parties and outings.  The course also has a clubhouse for visitors to enjoy when taking a break from golfing.  The course's season runs from March 1st through October 31st.  Contact the Cardinal office at (217) 868-2860.  Visit Website

Fore-Way Challenge Golf
9 Hole Public Regulation Golf Course located at 16041 N. 1000st near Lake Sara.  Call to take advantage of special packages and to plan your family or business outing.  A driving range, putting green and clubhouse are also on site for visitors to enjoy.  After 3:00 p.m. on Sundays kids play free with a paying adult.  For Further Information call (217) 868-5418.  Visit Website