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Oak Run
Country United States
State Illinois
County Knox
Township Persifer Township
 • Total 4.410 sq mi (11.42 km2)
 • Land 3.536 sq mi (9.16 km2)
 • Water 0.874 sq mi (2.26 km2)
738 ft (225 m)
 • Total 547
 • Density 124.04/sq mi (47.89/km2)
ZIP code
GNIS feature ID 1719678

Oak Run is a census-designated place and resort community in Persifer Township, Knox County, Illinois, United States. As of the 2010 census, its population was 547.


Oak Run is located three miles (5 km) north of U.S. Highway 150 between Knox County Highway 12 and Knox County Highway 15. The development surrounds the 580-acre (2.3 km2) Spoon Lake, the largest man-made body of water in Central Illinois. It consists of approximately 4,000 acres (16 km2) of land situated in Persifer and Copley Townships. There is a public golf course, convenience store, restaurant, and gas station as well as two marinas and several parks. Other facilities include a swimming pool, lounge building, tennis courts, beaches and a 56-site campground. The oak run area is maintained through the hard work of the oak run rangers. There are both year round residents and vacation cottages located in Oak Run. The small governmental system in Oak Run is led by a unique joint mayorship. Both Wesley Anderson and Colin Erickson have been joint mayors since the 2012 elections. Both candidates plan to run for the 2016 election against


Following the purchase of this acreage from 27 land owners, American Central commenced construction of Oak Run in 1971. Oak Run is situated in an area long referred to by area residents as “Round Bottom." The 580-acre (2.3 km2) Spoon Lake was impounded by the construction of an earthen dam 61 feet (19 m) high and 550 feet (170 m) wide at its base. The lake is approximately 60 feet (18 m) deep at the dam and provides nearly 19 miles (31 km) of shoreline. The lake first reached pool elevation in 1973 and is fed by Sugar Creek and natural springs. More than 40 miles (64 km) of public hard surfaced roads have been constructed to county road specifications. The public Oak Run Golf Course opened in mid-summer of 1976.


Oak Run is located at 40°57′48″N 090°08′42″W / 40.96333°N 90.145°W / 40.96333; -90.145 at an elevation of 738 feet (225 m). Spoon Lake divides the town.

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