Little Cache Lake #1 (Bowman Lake)


This 21-acre lake is located in a some-what remote area of Johnson County.  The site is not improved and access is fair via a narrow gravel road.  The lake is shallow and the species present include bluegill, largemouth bass, redear, channel catfish and crappie. Currently the boat launch is unusable.  It is on the schedule for maintenance and when improvements to the boat launch are made this information will be updated.  

At a Glance

Current Conditions: This is a very shallow lake (approximately 4 feet or less). It was constructed for flood control purposes. Water levels fluctuate widely and sport fish populations are fair. 
Operational Hours: Open year round.
Usage: Light
Restrictions: State Fishing Regulations apply to all of the Shawnee National Forest.  Visit IDNR website for more information. Anglers must not use more than 2 poles and each pole must not have more than 2 hooks or lures attached while fishing.

Daily catch limits:
  • Largemouth Bass & Channel Catfish: 6 daily creel limit 
  • Largemouth Bass: 15 inch minimum length
Closest Towns: Vienna, Illinois 62995

General Information


To reach this lake visitors must travel several miles of unimproved gravel roads.

From Vienna: Take Highway 45 north 1 mile to Dutchman Lake Road, turn left onto Dutchman Lake Road and continue 4.5 miles to Bowman Bottoms Road. Turn right (east) onto Bowman Bottoms Road; go 3 miles and the entrance to the lake will be on your right.  Turn right and the road leads to the unimproved boat launch on the north side of Little Cache #1 Lake.

General Notes:

Carrying in canoe, kayak or small boats fitted with an electric motor is the recommended access to this lake.


Unimproved dirt surface. 

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