Clinton Lake Sailing Association


Clinton Lake Sailing Association (CLSA) was founded in 1979 to promote affordable sailing in east-central Illinois. We host racing, cruising, social, learning and development events throughout the year. CLSA leases land from Dewitt County and maintains club grounds, which include the sailboat dock, launching beach, and pavilion. We are located adjacent and just north of Barefoot Cove Marina. We are a friendly, family-oriented, volunteer association dedicated to the sport of sailing. Whether you're into competitive racing or just chilling out, CLSA offers something for everyone!

Important CLSA Announcements:

Iceboating, Windsurfing & Kiteboarding

When: Wednesday March 4th

Topic: Extreme Fun at Clinton Lake

Where: JT Walkers. 401 E Main St, Mahomet, IL 61853.

When most sailors choose to stay home because of the weather, the fun is just beginning for this group of thrill seekers. At CLSA we have members who are iceboaters, windsurfers, and kiteboarders. During the winter, iceboaters prefer freezing temperatures. During the sailing season, higher winds mean higher speeds and more fun! Join us at JT Walkers to hear stories of adventure and learn how people can get started.

The CLSA Happy Hour Series is brought to you by the Clinton Lake Sailing Association. These events are free to attend and open to the public. No RSVP necessary.

Spring Update with Commodore Craig

When: Wednesday April 8th at 5pm (5:30 presentation)

Topic: Looking Forward to Another Great Season

Where: JT Walkers, 401 E Main St, Mahomet, IL 61853

Join Commodore Craig Rost and learn about the many exciting activities we have on tap for the 2020 season. It's a great opportunity for members to ask questions and share ideas in a fun and informal setting.

The CLSA Happy Hour Series is brought to you by the Clinton Lake Sailing Association. These events are free to attend and open to the public. No RSVP necessary.

Warm-Up Races

When: Saturday May 2nd at Noon

These Warm Up Races are perfect for new racers and experienced racers wanting to get the rust out after the long winter recess. We'll meet under the CLSA Pavilion at Noon for a short racing clinic to review the starting sequence and sailing instructions. The Buoy Racing sailing instructions will be effect, except all boats will start together in the small basin in front of the club. These practice races will not count towards any series standings. After the racing, experienced race coaches will answer rules and tactics questions. Need help finding a sailing partner? Try the Crew Connection.

CLSA Essentials:

Windword Newsletter

We are always looking for articles for The Windword! If you would like to submit an article, please email it to and we'll forward it to our editor, Susan.

Click here to read past editions of the CLSA newsletter.

CLSA is on Facebook and Instagram



CLSA YouTube Channel

Click here to watch CLSA video highlights.

You can subscribe to the Clinton Lake Sailing Association YouTube Channel and receive alerts when we release new videos.

CLSA Photo Gallery

We LOVE it when CLSA members and guests share their photos. Have a bunch of pics to share? Create a Google Photos album and share that album with or just email your individual photos.

Click here to view our photo gallery.

Weather Station

Barefoot Cove Marina at Clinton Lake has installed a new weather station to benefit all the boaters and patrons of Clinton Lake. Click here to access weather information. **If unavailable or offline, the internet is down at the marina**

Lake Information

Clinton Lake is a 4,900 acres reservoir located near Clinton, Illinois. The lake is a part of the Clinton Lake State Recreation Area, which encompasses 9,300 acres. It was built in the 1970s as a cooling source for the Clinton Nuclear Generating Station. The lake opened in 1978.Click on our Lake Information page to learn more details about Clinton Lake, including water level reports and elevation maps. Estimated depth at the CLSA concrete ramp varies between 1 and 4 ft. The marina concrete ramp is upwards of 6ft.

Quick Links

Google Map & Directions

The Clinton Lake Sailing Association is located next to Clinton Lake Marina, 45 minutes west of Champaign-Urbana, 45 minutes south of Bloomington-Normal, and 30 minutes north of Decatur. A short drive for most in Central Illinois!

The CLSA pavilion is best reached from Route 10 south of the lake. Find White Pigeon/Marina road and drive north. Take the entrance to Clinton Lake Marina and look for our facility just north (to your right) of the marina grounds. Click on the map for directions.

CLSA is directly adjacent to Barefoot Cove Marina.