State Commissioners Tour Education Site
Game & Fish Plans Amenities On Partnership Land
Posted: September 26, 2013 at 2:50 a.m.
The transformation of a Cave Springs landmark into an education destination begins Monday when Sanctuary by the Lake, the former Lake Keith, is drained.
AT A GLANCE
Sanctuary by the Lake Facts
Sanctuary by the Lake, the former Lake Keith, in Cave Springs was once a thriving resort with cabins and an ice rink, said Delia Haak, executive director of the Illinois River Watershed Partnership. It was built in 1947 and named for E.L. Keith, former owner of the lake. The first dam was built about 100 years ago as part of a grist mill.
The lake is 6 acres in size and averages 12 to 14 feet deep. It is spring fed by water that is 55 degrees and spills from a cave at the head of the lake. The cave holds the world’s largest population of threatened Ozark cavefish and endangered gray bats. Algae on the lake is caused by droppings from the bats.
A trout hatchery and pay trout fishing were once part of the lake.
Source: Illinois River Watershed Partnership
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