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:

Winter Sailing Tune-Up workshop

Join us for a special workshop series Sunday January 26th at 2pm with Doug Laber, owner of Great Midwest Yacht Company and a long-time Thistle builder. Doug will join CLSA for a Winter Sailing Tune-Up workshop on at the Old Bank Restaurant in LeRoy, IL. The workshop is free to CLSA members and friends. More details here.

Surviving the Bermuda Triangle

When: Wednesday February 5th at 5pm (5:30 presentation)

Topic: Perry and Rob's Bermuda Triangle Adventure

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

Perry Biddle and Rob Parker sailed the Bermuda Triangle and lived to tell about it. They sailed from Hampton, VA in the Chesapeake Bay and sailed to St. Thomas in the US Virgin Isles on Rob's 36' sailboat. Perry will will tell his story and share pictures and videos. Rob will answer navigation and instrument questions.

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.

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.

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.