Kinkaid Lake, an artificial water body in Jackson County of southern west Illinois is approximately 2750 acres in area. The lake is situated in the northwestern hills of Shawnee National Forest which brings it closer to nature. The Oak and Hickory trees dominate the species of trees growing on the hills. Numerous flat contours are planted with prairie grasses, cool season grass to make the hilly area more beautiful and a natural habitat for birds and animals. Picnic tables, shelters, charcoal grills and restroom facilities are made available for the tourists visiting this place. The lake is a hub for all those interested in fishing with a large number of Largemouth, bluegill, crappie, catfish, walleye and muskie fishes in the lake. Common species of deer, turkey, squirrel, quail, rabbit, dove and waterfowl are available for hunting but within the regulations of the state government. Boating is an all time favorite activity of the local people as well as the tourists.