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Cedar Lake

Jackson County, Illinois
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Cedar Lake is located five miles southwest of Carbondale in Jackson County. The City of Carbondale boat access area is located at the end of Cedar Creek Road off of Old Route 51 South. Another boat access area can be found south of Murphysboro off of State Route 127.
Cedar Lake is 1750 acres in size with a maximum depth of 60 feet. The northern half of the shoreline is owned by the City of Carbondale. The southern half of the shoreline is surrounded by Shawnee National Forest, which is owned by the US Forest Service. There is no marina on Cedar Lake.
With a 10 HP motor limit and no swimming allowed (except at a designated beach), Cedar Lake receives very little recreational boat traffic throughout the year. However, parking at the two boat ramps can be a problem during peak fishing months in the spring and fall. There is no marina on Cedar Lake.

Site Regulations:
Largemouth bass: 14–18" protected slot (no possession); 5 fish under 14" and 1 fish over 18" daily limit
Striped, white or hypbrid bass: 17" minimum length limit; 3 fish daily limit
White, black, hybrid crappie: 25 fish daily limit
2-pole and line fishing only

Fishing Tournaments: Permits for fishing tournaments are required from the City of Carbondale and can be obtained by contacting the City of Carbondale/Lake Manager – Cedar Lake 618-549-8441 beginning on January 1 of each year. No IDNR fish tournament permits will be issued until a City of Carbondale permit is obtained. Tournaments are limited to a 20 boat maximum.

Fish Attractors:Maps of 30 permanent Cedar Lake fish attractor locations can be obtained via email by sending a request to [email protected]

How big is Cedar Lake?
Cedar Lake is approximately 1,750 sq acres (7 sq km) in size.
How deep is Cedar Lake?
Cedar Lake is approximately 60 feet (18.3 m) at its deepest point.
What kind of fish are in Cedar Lake?
Anglers can expect to find a variety of fish including Bluegill, Carp, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Striped Bass, Sucker, White Crappie and Yellow Bullhead in Cedar Lake.

Other fish species in the lake include and Spotted Bass.

When are the best fishing times for Cedar Lake?
Today fishing looks to be moderately active with peak fishing times around 9-10 am and 3-4 pm and 8-9 pm. For more more best fishing times visit our Cedar Lake Fishing Forecast page. Lake-Link Pro Members can get detailed fishing forecasts for up to 10 days in advance and species specific for Cedar Lake.
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shawn e.
royalton, Illinois
5 star rating
a excellent bass lake,can be tough at times, good numbers of 5 plus pound fish are caught by local fisherman that know the lake.9.9 h.p limit
Reviewed Sep 11, 2005
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