Shoal Creek (Illinois)

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Shoal Creek
Physical characteristics
Main source Confluence of the creek's west fork and middle fork southwest of Hillsboro
39°05′05″N 89°32′39″W / 39.0847691°N 89.5442544°W / 39.0847691; -89.5442544 (Shoal Creek origin)
River mouth Confluence with the Kaskaskia River near Okawille
400 ft (120 m)
38°29′00″N 89°34′38″W / 38.4833827°N 89.5773125°W / 38.4833827; -89.5773125 (Shoal Creek mouth)Coordinates: 38°29′00″N 89°34′38″W / 38.4833827°N 89.5773125°W / 38.4833827; -89.5773125 (Shoal Creek mouth)
Basin features
GNIS ID 418443
Map all coordinates using: OpenStreetMap 
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Shoal Creek is a watercourse in the U.S. state of Illinois. It rises near Harvel, Illinois and, flowing southward through Lake Lou Yaeger, discharges into the Kaskaskia River near Okawville. It drains parts of Montgomery County, Bond County, and Clinton County.[1]

Shoal Creek is named for the many shoals and sandbars strewn along its bed. These features prevented the creek from being much used by Native Americans or Euro-American pioneers for travel or commerce. The creek is heavily used in modern times, however, for recreation, flood control, piped water supply, and electrical power generation. Going from north to south, Lake Lou Yaeger and Lake Glenn Shoals, both impoundments of various forks of Shoal Creek, are used by many boaters and fisherfolk; a third Shoal Creek lake, Coffeen Lake, is the site of the Coffeen Power Station, a 900-MW Dynegy electric generating plant; and a fourth lake, Governor Bond Lake, serves the town of Greenville, Illinois.[1]


  1. ^ a b Illinois Atlas and Gazetteer. Freeport, Maine: DeLorme Mapping. 1991. pp. 69, 77, and 83. ISBN 0-89933-213-7.