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Lake Sara

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We just had a fishing triip on Lake Sara this last weekend. Some friends took us out on their... read more

Reviewed September 4, 2019
Lake Sara

Found a one bedroom mobile home at the Lake Sara campground for a last minute getaway. Rented a... read more

Reviewed August 22, 2019
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Routes 32-33 North, Effingham, IL 62401
+1 217-868-2964
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Reviewed September 4, 2019

We just had a fishing triip on Lake Sara this last weekend. Some friends took us out on their fishing boat. We took time also to see some of the beautiful homes there and some under construction. Great way to spend a relaxing day!

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank grandma4boys
Reviewed August 24, 2019 via mobile

Great hotel pools lobster and jumbo shirmp all fanastiy jive. Do lots of travel all enjoy this styi. Staff top notch

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Shane W
Reviewed August 22, 2019

Found a one bedroom mobile home at the Lake Sara campground for a last minute getaway. Rented a pontoon boat from Larson's Landing. Nice lake with some beautiful homes. They also have a small beach to go swimming since swimming is prohibited while boating.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank 89Peggy
Reviewed August 19, 2019

Take your boat or rent a boat at the marina. Lake Sara is comparatively small with waterfront that is both natural and developed. Cruise all the inlets to see stunning lake homes. The lake side of these homes are like showcases. Almost every home has...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Timetogoadventuring
Reviewed August 17, 2019

Rented the cox cottage, stayed on lake for 4 days. My wife and 3 year old, and my in - laws and some other aunts and uncles. Wife’s family is from Effingham, and the lake is not far from town. The lake is narrow. We...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Jeremy s
Reviewed August 11, 2019

We always come here when in the area and the rentals on the boats are reasonable. Great atomosphere.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank David D
Reviewed June 29, 2019 via mobile

Thank you TripAdvisor. What a beautiful site Dash so serene and peaceful. Shared a summer lunch and of the trees and just soak it all In

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank clarson2016
Reviewed January 6, 2019

I had never been on Lake Sara until I purchased a house there in 1999. During the past 20 years I have had wonderful experiences on the lake. I like that they don't allow Jet Ski personal watercraft and wish they didn't allow wake board...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank charlesfh2015
Reviewed August 7, 2018

A small lake (700 acres) hidden in central Illinois. No personal watercraft are allowed but boat rentals are available from the marinas. Two restaurants are on the lake both with good food. Bands play regularly at the marinas or on the local stage. Nice beach...More

Date of experience: July 2018
3  Thank Fred B
Reviewed August 6, 2018

Very nice Campground and lake with a Party atmosphere, nice folks and music everywhere, nice concert stage for events and easy to park, and walk anywhere, very nice place to camp and vacation

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank donlanier
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Vickie G
October 14, 2018|
Response from charlesfh2015 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there is camping and other homes to rent on this wonderful lake. Cardinal Cove Retreat has all 5 star ratings and sleeps up to 12.
Vickie G
October 14, 2018|
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Response from donlanier | Reviewed this property |
There are some sites with hookups and some without
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