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Rend Lake

Franklin County - Illinois
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Rend Lake is a 19,000-acre reservoir located in southern Illinois, about a few miles north of Benton. The lake was created in the 1970s by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as part of a flood control project on the Big Muddy River. The lake was formed by constructing a 2-mile-long dam across the Big Muddy River floodplain. At normal pool, Rend Lake has a surface area of 18,900 acres, a maximum depth of 35 feet, and a mean depth of 10 feet. The lake is thirteen miles long and three miles wide and has 162 miles of shoreline. It is the second largest impoundment in Illinois.

Rend Lake is a popular destination for fishing, boating, and other outdoor activities. The lake is known for its excellent crappie, bass, and catfish fishing, but anglers can also catch bluegill, redear sunfish, and other species.

The lake has several marinas, boat ramps, and fishing docks, making it easy for anglers to access the water. There are also several campgrounds around the lake, ranging from primitive sites to RV parks with full hookups.

In addition to fishing and boating, Rend Lake offers opportunities for hiking, biking, and wildlife viewing. The lake is surrounded by several state parks and wildlife areas, including the Wayne Fitzgerrell State Recreation Area and the Rend Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area.

Rend Lake also has a number of amenities for visitors, including picnic areas, playgrounds, and beaches. The lake hosts several events throughout the year, including fishing tournaments, boating races, and festivals.

Overall, Rend Lake is a great destination for outdoor enthusiasts looking for a variety of activities in a beautiful natural setting. Whether you're fishing, boating, camping, or just enjoying the scenery, Rend Lake has something for everyone.<Site Regulations:
Largemouth, Smallmouth or Spotted Bass: 6 fish daily limit, 14" minimum length limit
White, Black or Hybrid Crappie: 25 daily limit, not more than 10 exceeding 10"
White, Yellow or Hybrid Striped Bass: 20 daily limit, not more than 3 exceeding 17"

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Frequently Asked Questions About Rend Lake, IL

How big is Rend Lake?
Rend Lake is approximately 18,900 sq acres (76.5 sq km) in size with 162 miles (260.7 km) of shoreline.

How deep is Rend Lake?
Rend Lake is approximately 35 feet (10.7 m) at its deepest point with an average depth of 15 feet (4.6 m).

What kind of fish can you catch in Rend Lake?
Although thery may be others but anglers can expect to find a variety of fish including Black Crappie, Bluegill, Carp, Channel Catfish, Drum (Sheepshead), Flathead Catfish, Hybrid Striped Bass, Largemouth Bass, White Bass, White Crappie and Yellow Bass in Rend Lake.

Other fish species in the lake include Wiper Bass.

Are there fishing guides or charters for Rend Lake?
Yes! There are fishing guides and charters for Rend Lake and/or the surrounding area.

Are there places to stay in the Rend 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! Rend 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 places to eat and drink near Rend 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 Rend Lake?
What does the future look like for Rend Lake? We have some insignt on what to expect for a number of fish species in Rend Lake.

Explore the Rend Lake area in a RV
Are you looking for an adventurous vacation option that won't break the bank? Look no further than renting an RV! Contrary to popular belief, the process is much simpler than you might imagine. With just a few easy steps, you'll soon be experiencing the ultimate freedom and convenience of exploring the open road in your very own recreational vehicle. And the best part? RV travel can save you up to 60% compared to other types of vacations! With the money you'll save, you'll be able to travel even more and create unforgettable memories along the way. So why wait? Start planning your next adventure today with an RV rental. Learn more about renting a RV.

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History & Status of the Fishery
There are more than 30 species of fish in Rend Lake. In addition to traditional sport fish, Rend Lake also contains large populations of carp, buffalo, gar, drum, and shad. The fish population is surveyed annually.

Controling Authority
Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Shawn Hirst 618-559-5009
Rend Lake COE 618-724-249

What is the average air temp for Rend Lake?
Looking forward to your next adventure at Rend 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 76°F (24°C) to a low around 55°F (13°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 Rend Lake?
Enjoy more of the outdoors with a visit to an area state park. There are 2 state parks in the vacinity of Rend Lake.

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

Rend Lake Reviews
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shawn d.
Ottawa, IL
5 star rating
This lake is an excellent crappie fishery thanks to the high water level in spring. Probably best crappie lake in Illinois
Reviewed Apr 23, 2021
clint t.
5 star rating
When you compare quality and quantity Rend lake is the best crappie lake in the midwest!
Reviewed May 14, 2013
jackie v.
5 star rating
It's a large body of water with many possibilities. Several large fingers lead into the main body with lots of coves and structure. Bait shop right on site and boat rental available. Excellent crappie fishing.
Reviewed Mar 5, 2007

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