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. This 18,000 acre reservoir
was built to provide a dependable domestic water
supply to a two-county area beginning in 1965.
Construction of the $60 million project took 5
years to complete with the final filling of the
lake in the early 1970's. Since that time, many
improvements have been made resulting in the current
quality facilities that are currently available.
Rend Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area was
developed to provide public hunting, and other
With marinas, boating, water skiing,
camp sites, nature trails, golf, picnicking, swimming,
fishing, and hunting, Rend Lake
is one of the premier vacation spots in Southern
Rend Lake is a relatively shallow
reservoir, productive for sport and commercial
fisherman alike. All species of fish that are
common in southern Illinois can be found at Rend
Lake. With an abundance of large crappie and channel
catfish, the odds are in your favor. So come visit
the Rend Lake area.
Rend Lake is proud to have the
reputation of being one of the better waterfowl
hunting areas in the state. With both ducks and
geese making Rend Lake their home during their
migration, you can be assured of a productive
hunting season. Not only will you see many types of ducks & geese, but the cranes, herons and even a eagle once in a while. Black pelicans make a stop here during their migrations. Deer are seen everywhere as well as racoons, fox and opposums. Bring the camera to get pictures of turkey and pheasants and all the family will enjoy your trips around the lake. Stop by the Corp office and ask them for access to some of the remote areas. Winter is not a time to stop coming - so many things to do - to see in and around Rend Lake. Come year round and visit us.
Located just outside of Benton,
Illinois, you are approx. 5 minutes from most all
the local conveniences, such as restaurants, hotels/motels.
movie theater, wineries, opera house, horseback riding, roller skating, bowling, and golf