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 to insure fun for the whole family.
Countless miles of buck brush lined banks hold that trophy fish you have been waiting for. Mile after mile of rip rap bank for noodling monster flat heads from. No matter what your sport – Rend Lake IS the destination of choice. Don’t forget the camera!
Swimming and Beaches
Beaches located at North Marcum and South Sandusky invite water recreationalists of all ages. The North Marcum beach is located on the east side of Rend Lake just off State Route 37, north of Benton. South Sandusky Beach is located on the west side of the lake, just off Rend City Road.
The day use fee must be paid before swimming at the North Marcum and South Sandusky beaches. An annual day use pass for boat ramps and beaches may be purchased at Corps of Engineers offices. Learn more about day use fees here.
Check out the lake rules for beaches here