Raccoon and Centralia Lakes boating and fishing
As the weather begins to warm up, the City of Centralia is announcing that boat licenses for the City owned lakes are available for purchase at City Hall located at 101 S. Locust. The City would like to remind fisherman and boaters to obtain a boat license from Centralia City Hall prior to launching any motorized boat upon the lakes since licenses will not be sold on site. Operating upon the lake without obtaining a license will result in a $150.00 fine. As in years past, non-motorized watercraft such as canoes, kayaks and paddleboats do not require a license. Airboats are not allowed on either lake and sailboats are not allowed on Lake Centralia. Boats exceeding 21 feet in overall length are not allowed on either lake with the exception of pontoons and sailboats, which may exceed 21 feet in length. The Raccoon Lake speed limit is 5 MPH/no wake. The Lake Centralia speed limit is 40 MPH between the hours of 8 A.M. and 8 P.M. and less than 10 MPH during all other hours. Fishing is limited to pole and line fishing only. Further details about boating and fishing on the lakes can be found on the City of Centralia website or by calling 618-533-7623 for more information.