Happy Hollow Lake, Illinois, USA

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All About Happy Hollow Lake

Knox County in western Illinois is home to private Happy Hollow Lake. Built in 1963, Happy Hollow Lake offers 30 acres of cool, refreshing water. Very close by is another lake, Happy Hollow Lake 2, which is 15 acres. The two lakes are part of a small community that is maintained by the Happy Hollow Lake Association.

Fishing is considered excellent at Happy Hollow Lake, and residents reel in crappie, bass, blue gill and channel catfish. While anglers enjoy their time fishing, other lake residents wind down at the community pavilion, and children find amusement at the park. Four Wheelers are also permitted in the Happy Hollow area, so adventure seekers can have some excitement while taking a spin through the woods.

Happy Hollow Lake is encircled by mixed woods that provides habitat to deer, turkey, and other kinds of wildlife, providing a rustic retreat for nature lovers. Residents of Happy Hollow Lake can escape from the pressures of everyday life and retreat to the sanctuary of their lake homes.

Real estate surrounding Happy Hollow Lake can be hard to find. However, because the lake is close to the cities of Peoria and Galesburg, area real estate is abundant. Overnight accommodations in the surrounding area include cabin rentals and bed and breakfast inns. Known for its assortment of historical buildings, Peoria offers visitors a variety of restaurants, theater performances, and riverfront festivals. Happy Hollow residents have the benefit of living on a private lake with proximity to city amenities.

Things to Do at Happy Hollow Lake

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Birding

Fish Species Found at Happy Hollow Lake

  • Bass
  • Catfish
  • Channel Catfish
  • Crappie

Find Places to Stay at Happy Hollow Lake

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Recommended Sites to Book a Happy Hollow Lake Vacation

If you want to take a deeper dive to find waterfront lake cabins, cottages, condos, hotels or resorts, check out our favorite Happy Hollow Lake lodging partners.

  • VRBO – Use VRBO to find the perfect lake rental home, condo, cabin, cottage or other vacation property.
  • Booking.com – One of the world’s leading digital travel companies, Booking.com connects travelers to everything from cozy B&Bs to luxury resorts.
  • Expedia – Expedia is a popular online travel agency with more than 140,000 lodging properties worldwide.
  • Hotels.com – With more than 325,000 hotels in 19,000-plus locations, Hotels.com is an industry leader in online accommodations.
  • TripAdvisor – Read traveler reviews and compare prices on hotels, vacation rentals and more at TripAdvisor.
  • Trivago – Trivago helps travelers compare deals for hotels and other accommodations from a variety of booking sites.
  • KAYAK – KAYAK scours hundreds of other travel websites at once to find the best deals on hotels and other travel-related services.
  • RVshare –RVshare connects travelers interested in renting a motorhome with owners who have RVs to rent.
  • CampSpot – Campspot offers premier RV resorts, family campgrounds, cabins and glamping options across North America.

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Happy Hollow Lake Statistics & Helpful Links


Lake Type: Artificial Reservoir, Dammed

Water Level Control: Happy Hollow Lake Association

Surface Area: 30 acres

Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 616 feet

Completion Year: 1963

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