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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.
Site Regulations:
Largemouth bass: No possession of bass equal to or greater than 14 inches and less than 18"; 5 fish less than 14" and 1 equal or greater than 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:There is a link for the Cedar Lake fish attractor map at the top of this page. There were 18-22 PVC porcupine ball fish attractors placed at each of the 30 locations at Cedar Lake. There are also 2 Shelbyville Cube style fish attractors at each of the 30 locations.



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Frequently Asked Questions About Cedar Lake, IL


How big is Cedar Lake?
Cedar Lake is approximately 1,750 sq acres (7.1 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 can you catch in Cedar Lake?
Although thery may be others but anglers can expect to find a variety of fish including Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Flathead Catfish, Largemouth Bass and Striped Bass in Cedar Lake.

Other fish species in the lake include Crappie and Redear Sunfish.



What are the closest cities to Cedar Lake?
Nearby cities and towns include Makanda, IL, Alto Pass, IL and Carbondale, IL.

Are there places to stay in the Cedar Lake area?
Are you craving a weekend escape from the hustle and bustle of city life? Or maybe you're an avid angler in search of the perfect fishing spot? Look no further! Cedar Lake and its surrounding area offer an abundance of options to suit your needs. If you're in need of accommodation, check out our area map which highlights some of the best places to stay. And if you're looking for even more options, head on over to our Travel section. But why settle for a traditional hotel or resort when you can take your adventure to the next level by renting a RV? The open road awaits you!
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Are there topographical lake maps available Cedar Lake?
We have an topograpical map for online viewing near the top of this page. Lake-Link Pro users can download an print a topograpical map of Cedar Lake (.pdf format) along with 2,700 more lake maps. For more information on all the benefits of Lake-Link Pro click here.

Are there places to eat and drink near Cedar Lake?
Yes, you can find numerous options in the area. Click the button below to see what's nearby.

What is the fishing outlook for Cedar Lake?
What does the future look like for Cedar Lake? We have some insignt on what to expect for a number of fish species in Cedar Lake.

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Controling Authority
City of Carbondale - Cedar Lake
618-549-8441
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Shawn Hirst
618-559-5009

What is the average air temp for Cedar Lake?
Looking forward to your next adventure at Cedar Lake? Don't forget to plan ahead! Weather can be unpredictable, but we've got you covered. On average, air temperatures during this time of year range from a high around 90°F (32°C) to a low around 69°F (21°C). Of course, these are just historical averages, so be prepared for anything Mother Nature throws your way. For the most up-to-date weather information, be sure to check out our Weather Bar located at the top of this page.

Are there any state parks near Cedar Lake?
Enjoy more of the outdoors with a visit to an area state park. There are 5 state parks in the vacinity of Cedar Lake.

For more Illinois State Park information see our State Park Guide.

Cedar Lake Reviews
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shawn e.
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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