Sunset Lake Association
Girard, Illinois  62640

About The Lake

Sunset Lake is located 3 1/2 miles west of Girard, IL., off of Emmerson Airline.  It is a 173-acre lake that offers excellent fishing, boating, swimming and skiing or tubing.  It is governed by 9 elected Board of Directors, the Superintendent and Corporate Secretary.  The lake dam was built in 1955-1956, and became a private lake in 1963.  The average depth of the lake is 16' and 40' deep near the dam.  The lake maintains approximately 10 miles of private roads around the lake.  The Association leases lots to the members on a 99 year lease.  The 99 year lease renews each time that the lease transfers.

The monthly meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month at 7:00pm.  The Annual Membership Meeting is held the third Saturday in October.  The Board prepares a Budget for the membership to approve, and they elect new officers (See Bylaws Section 1 under meeting).

The Association maintains a Community Center, consisting of the Office and Hanauer Hall, plus a garage located off Emmerson at 30505 East Lake Dr.  Hanauer Hall was dedicated to Robert Hanauer, without whom, there wouldn't be a Community Center.  Members can reserve and rent the Hall for a $75.00 fee.


The lake was dredged in 1994 and a Rip Rap Program is on-going to prevent silt from running into the lake.  There is also an on-going Sanitation Program in place to safeguard the health of the lake and the membership who uses it.  The lake water is tested at least 3 times a year to ensure that it is safe for all.  Additionally chlorine bottles are used on all septic systems for additional quality control measures.   The chlorine bottles are inspected 2 -3 times a year to maintain 100% compliance.

The lake association consists of 318 lots and 279 members. 60% of the members are full time residents.  Other members come from all over the State of Illinois and a few from outside the State.  Local or not, all are welcome!