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About Rend Lake

About Rend Lake Rend Lake was built as a joint project by the Illinois Department of Conservation, the Rend Lake Conservancy District and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Built by damming the Big Muddy River downstream of the convergences of Gun...

Boat Ramps

Rend Lake Boat Launches Boating ramps can be found at the locations listed below on Rend Lake.  For GPS coordinates please see the map on our Welcome page.  By clicking on the desired launch you will get the exact coordinates of that launch. Ramp N...

Boating

Rend Lake is About Boating With literally thousands of acres of wide open water Rend Lake offers boaters of all kinds an inviting opportunity to live out their dreams on the water. Skiing, tubing or simply cruising the bays and beaches are among the...

Boating Rules

Boating Rules To get a complete listing of boating rules for Illinois, contact: Illinois Department of Natural Resources Region 5 11731 STATE HIGHWAY 37 BENTON, IL 62812 (618) 435-8138 website Illinois Department of Natural Resources...

Boating Safety

Boating Safety Rend Lake is considered to be a "shallow" lake.  While there are places over 30 feet deep there is far more shallow water than deep.  There are places in the very middle of the main lake that are literally only a few feet deep.  Because of...

Camping

Day After Day - Camping at Rend Lake Rend Lake's campgrounds are open seasonally from April 1 through October 31.  Be sure to check the rules for the campground you are using for day use fees and special instructions.  On the side bar are links to e...

Contacts

Rend Lake Contact Phone Numbers Rend Lake Camping Info.....................................................877-444-6777 You can visit www.recreation.gov for additional information U.S. Army Corps of Engineers............................................618-724-2493...

Dale Miller & Shagbark Youth Areas

Dale Miller Youth Area Shagbark Youth Area Group camping in these areas are available by advance reservation only At the request of the Corps of Engineers at Rend Lake - Natural Resource Specialist - Campsite fees and information have been...

Dove

Dove The first of September brings migrating flocks of doves. Northern cold fronts send doves winging southward during the entire month. They will feed in sunflower or silage fields, however, during the day they will water at the edge of a pond and...

Feedback Solicitation

Feedback Info Please use the feedback form to let us know how we are doing as well as to inform us of things that you would like to see included on www.rendlake.com (fishing, camping, hunting, events, etc). Rend Lake dot com is not affiliated with...

Fishing

Rend Lake Fishing - It's Legendary Southern Illinois has been called the "Great Lakes of Southern Illinois and for good reason. Over 37,000 acres of public and federal fishing waters greet visitors each year in this six county area.  Being on the water ...

Fishing Report

Rend Lake Fishing Report Fishing is always great on Rend Lake Come to Rend Lake if you want to catch Bass & Crappie    Watch out for the wind. It can make the main lake very dangerous Use of a minnow seine, cast ne...

Fishing Safety

Tips To Be Safe on the Water The number ONE safety tip while on the water is to Always wear your Personal floatation device (PFD) when on the water When fishing along the bank Be aware of you environment. Ask other fishers about water...

Golfing

Golfing the Rend Lake Area Within Jefferson and Franklin counties, minutes from Rend Lake, are several excellent golf courses that are open to the public.  Click on the titles below to see the golfillinois.com article for each course with facilities, ...

Gun Creek Recreation Area

Gun Creek Recreation Area   Important Phone Numbers General Office 618-625-2338 Rend Lake Projects Office 618-724-2493 Features Picnic...

Hunting

Rend Lake - A Hunter's Paradise Thoughts of autumn always turn toward the great hunting prospects in Southern Illinois. Thousands of hunters and wildlife enthusiasts come into this area expecting and receiving memories of the majesty of wild life in...

Waterfowl

WF11172014 November 4, 2014 SPECIES  # BIRDS SURVEYED SEASON DATES (SOUTH CENTRAL ZONE) CANADA GEESE  0  Nov. 8 – Jan 31  Daily Bag Limit – 2 Possession Limit -- 6 SNOWS/BLUES 800  Nov. 8 – Jan. 31    Daily Bag Limit - 20 Snow/Blue & Ross’ G...

North Marchum Recreation Area

North Marchum Recreation Area   Important Phone Numbers General Office Rend Lake Projects Office 618-724-2493 Features Picnic Shelters, Tables...

North Sandusky Recreation Area

North Sandusky Recreation Area   Important Phone Numbers General Office 618-625-6115 Rend Lake Projects Office 618-724-2493 Features ...

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Pheasant

Pheasant Though not a native to the area (mostly because of their need for a sandier nesting soil) the Illinois Department of Natual Resources has a captive breeding program operating within the Rend Lake Wildlife Management Area that provides a population...

Privacy and Associations

Rend Lake dot Com's Privacy and Associations www.rendlake.com is not affiliated with, or endorsed by any Government Agency. For any questions regarding camping reservations, golf reservations, or any other type of reservation will need to contact the...

Quail

Quail Find a good area with grassy fields, harvested cornfields, or wheat stubble near wooded areas, and you have a day of great quail hunting. Nothing beats an exciting day with your bird dog on point and a covey of quail exploding in every direction....

Rabbit

Rabbit Locate a brushy patch of weeds and brush near agricultural ground and you will find some of the best rabbit hunting in the state. According to local hunters and game biologists, some years have more abundant rabbit populations than previous years....

Rend Lake Rules and Regulations

Rend Lake Rules and Regulations Rules and regulations governing public use of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers water esources development projects are published in Title 36, CFR and are posted on bulletin boards or are available from a park ranger. The...

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Small Game

Rend Lake's Incredible Small Game If you were to pick one area of the state of Illinois to hunt small game, then southern Illinois is the area to plan a fall hunting vacation. Motels are located everywhere in the area near key hunting locations. State...

South Marchum Recreation Area

South Marchum Recreation Area   Important Phone Numbers General Office 618-435-3549 Rend Lake Projects Office 618-724-2493 Features Picnic...

South Sandusky Recreation Area

South Sandusky Recreation Area   Important Phone Numbers General Office 618-625-3011 Rend Lake Projects Office 618-724-2493 Features Picnic ...

Squirrel

Squirrel Rend Lake offer some of the great squirrel hunting in Illinois. Acres and acres of oak-hickory timber in the Shawnee National Forest provide food and shelter to thousands of fox and gray squirrels. Franklin, Jefferson and Perry county are three...

Trails

Rend Lake Trails Rend Lake has mile after mile of trails available to bikers and horse back enthusiasts.  Click on the map in the sidebar for a larger view of the bike trail map.  For more information about horseback riding around Rend Lake, call t...

Water Sports

Water Sports and Activities at Rend Lake No matter what your favorite use of the water might be, Rend Lake is THE southern Illinois destination of choice.  Many thousands of acres of open water for skiing, jet skis, wake boarding or tubing are available ...

Waterfowl

Rend Lake's Abundant Waterfowl The area is noted for its spectacular waterfowl populations that begin migrating into the area during late August. Blue winged teal stop over to enjoy the abundance of plant and animal life on the ponds, lakes, and back...

Wayne Fitzgerall State Park

Wayne Fitzgerall State Park   Important Phone Numbers General Office 618-629-2320 Rend Lake Resort 618-629-2211 Features Picnic Shelters,...

Welcome

Welcome to Southern Illinois' Playground Welcome to the newly redesigned home of Rend Lake dot com.  We hope you like the new crisp and clean look and find the navigation easy and natural.  If you prefer the original site you can still access it here ....

White-tail Deer

Rend Lake's Monster Bucks Are Real If you think taking a big Rend Lake turkey is exciting, wait until you have drawn your bow or looked down the site of your slug gun at a big trophy buck. Fall archery season begins October 1st and several thousand...

Wild Turkey

Rend Lake's Wiley Wild Turkey One bird in America’s woodland epitomized the world “wild” in wildlife. The turkey has a keen sense of sight and hearing. One false move by the hunter and this bird has flown or run into the next county. The wild turke...