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Argyle Lake State Park
Location McDonough County, Illinois, United States
Nearest city Colchester, Illinois
Area 1,700 acres (690 ha)
Established 1948
Governing body Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Argyle Lake
Location McDonough County, Illinois, United States
Basin countries United States
Surface area 93 acres (38 ha)
Max. depth 37 ft (11 m)
Surface elevation 611 ft (186 m)
Settlements near Colchester, Illinois

Argyle Lake State Park is an Illinois state park located in Colchester, Illinois. The 1,700-acre (688 ha) park is home to the 93-acre (38 ha) Argyle Lake and 5 miles (8 km) of hiking trails and wooded campsites.

The land for the state park was purchased by the state in 1948 from local farmers. Argyle Lake, an artificial lake, was later created by damming a nearby water source. The area now occupied by the lake was once the home of "Argyle Hollow," part of the 19th century stagecoach route between Galena and Beardstown. The region was a source of coal, clay and limestone. While many of the brick works, clay and pottery operations have since closed, some limestone quarries in the area are still in operation today.

There have been numerous Bigfoot sightings at the lake in recent years.

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