Enjoy the Lake Life at Lake Catatoga!
We hope you enjoy looking through
the images in the Photos and Humor sections
as well as take advantage of the Event Countdowns!
Welcome, to the Lake and enjoy browsing!
Lake Catatoga has a surface area of 66 acres, with a beautiful dam located on its northern end. The lake is situated midway between and ... nine miles south of the city of , and eighteen miles west of in , which is named after Macoupin Creek, near Carlinville and meanders southwest to the .
The region was previously inhabited by various Illinoisan Indians; Miami and Wea, as well as the tribes of the Illinois Confederation, including the Kaskaskia, Peoria, Tamaroa, Cahokia, and Mitchigamea. "Macoupin" is actually the term for the (Nelumbo lutea). Unfortunately, none of the native Indians remain, although some descendants of the earliest European settlers claim partial ancestry. The first European arrivals were French explorers in the seventeenth century, travelling southward down the major rivers. However, the main European settlement came from the southwest, as people moved inland from the established transportation route of the Mississippi River.
Today, Lake Catatoga recaptures a bit of its Indian heritage with themed street names and even Totem Poles located at the entrances. With a peaceful ambiance and convenient location, it's a highly desirable place to live and visit with a "no wake" policy creating safer conditions for swimming and boating. The Lake is annually stocked with a variety of fish including: , , , , and making for great fishing. Though the lake is private, a is required and is mandatory.
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We've created a reusable VB MVC Web App fitting well on phones, tablets, and desktops, plus we're constantly adding more multi-platform 'content providing' features. This is the lite version of same framework used in our application tracking and accounting software packages.
All of the site's sections are just for fun and contain content from various members and friends (more content welcome). The Events were technical fun for us, because some Events like the Seasons have annually varying dates and time, but the correct time has to be displayed regardless of the Event, the viewer's time zone, and whether Daylight Savings Time is used.
JScript handles client-side Event date and time tracking, while we've written to calculate the Season Starting Dates, as well as using our Easter to derive it's date. Other Events use functions from our Countdown class, or are static dates.
The Photos and Humor section use our image controller to dynamically cycle through directories of pictures. There are buttons for copying the image link and also to share (currently on Facebook, but other sites can easily be incorporated.) New images simply need to be added to the target directory and named with the next sequential number; the controller will automatically display the image along with the other image files in the target directory. Look for further enhancements to the image presentation controller in the future as time permits.
This site's coding is archived on GitHub here: