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  • Kincaid Lake is located about 5 miles north of Murphysboro in southwestern Illinois. Built in 1968, it encompasses 2,750 acres and is easily one of the most beautiful of the Illinois lakes. The owners...
  • Senachwine Lake is a 3,324-acre (13.5 km²) riparian lake that forms part of the valley of the Illinois River. It is located in Putnam and Marshall Counties, Illinois. Its elevation is 439 feet (134 m...
  • Gently rolling terrain, lush woods and a beautiful lake make the Sam Dale Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area the perfect spot for a family outing. Located northwest of Johnsonville in Wayne County, this ...
  • The initial purchase of land, which now makes up Rice Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area in Fulton County near the Illinois River, was in 1945. These original 2,370 acres were designated as a refuge fo...
  • Lake Zurich is a lake in Switzerland, extending southeast of the town of Zurich. It is also known as Lake Zürich and Lake of Zürich.Zürichsee is strictly the name of the part of the lake downstream...
  • Lake Springfield is a 4,260 acre (17.2 km²) reservoir located in the city of Springfield, Illinois, southeast of downtown. It is 560 feet (171 m) above sea level. It was formed in 1931-1935 by buildi...
  • Lake Michigan is one of the five Great Lakes of North America and the only one located entirely within the United States. It is the second largest of the Great Lakes by volume and the third largest by...
  • Lake Mattoon is a 1,050-acre (4.2 km²) reservoir located in Coles County, Illinois, Cumberland County, Illinois, and Shelby County, Illinois. Almost three-quarters of the lake, 765 acres (3.1 km²)...
  • Lake Glenn Shoals is a 1,250-acre (5.0 km²) reservoir located in Montgomery County, Illinois. Created in 1976 by damming the Middle Fork of Illinois's Shoal Creek, it was built for recreation, sport...
  • Lake Carlton is an artificial lake in the Morrison-Rockwood State Park in Whiteside County in northern Illinois.The lake is managed for sport fishing, including largemouth and rock bass, black crappie...
  • Crab Orchard Lake is a 6,965-acre (28.2 km²) reservoir in Williamson County, Illinois. It is the centerpiece of the Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge. It is fed by Devils Kitchen Lake and Little...
  • Canton Lake, Illinois is a freshwater reservoir located in Northern Illinois. Known for its trophy sized largemouth bass and its abundant channel catfish. The lake's major fish species are Largemouth ...
  • Beaucoup Creek is a major tributary of the Big Muddy River in Illinois. The name is pronounced locally as in 'Ba Cou'.Beaucoup Creek is 82 miles (132 km) in length....
  • Lake Vermilion is a 1,000-acre (4.0 km²) reservoir located in Vermilion County, Illinois. It was built for water supply, fishing, and recreation purposes. The lake is 3 miles (4.8 km) long and 0.5 ...
  • Lake Taylorville is a 1,200-acre (4.8 km²) reservoir located in Christian County, Illinois. Created in 1962 by damming the South Fork of Illinois's Sangamon River, it was built for water supply and ...
  • Lake Shelbyville in Illinois is an outdoor adventure recreational area that truly has something to offer every visitor. This jewel of Illinois lakes covers some 11,000 acres and can boasts 6 sandy bea...
  • Sangchris Lake is a 3,022-acre (12.2 km²) reservoir located in Christian and Sangamon Counties, Illinois. It was created in 1964 by damming Clear Creek, a tributary of the South Fork of the Sangamon...
  • Lake Paradise is a reservoir on the Little Wabash River in Coles County, Illinois, United States. The reservoir covers an area of 174 acres (0.70 km2). The community of Paradise is located near the l...
  • Otter Lake is a 765-acre (3.0 km²) reservoir in Macoupin County, Illinois. It is located 6 miles (10 km) west of Girard. The reservoir is named after Otter Creek, a tributary of Macoupin Creek and ...
  • Murphy Lake is a reservoir in Cook County, Illinois, United States. Murphy Lake lies at an elevation of 623 feet (190 m)....
  • Lake Mattoon is a 1,050-acre (4.2 km²) reservoir located in Coles County, Illinois, Cumberland County, Illinois, and Shelby County, Illinois. Almost three-quarters of the lake, 765 acres (3.1 km²)...
  • Little Grassy Lake is a 1,200-acre (4.8 km²) reservoir in southern Illinois, created by the damming of Little Grassy Creek, a tributary of Crab Orchard Lake and the Big Muddy River. Most of the lake...
  • Lake Holiday is a 328-acre (133 ha) man-made lake, with swimming, boating and fishing. Located in Northville Township, LaSalle County, Illinois, approximately 66 miles (106 km) west of Chicago, the ...
  • Lake of Egypt is a reservoir in the Little Egypt region of the U.S. state of Illinois. It is located six miles (10 km) south of Marion, Illinois and covers 2,300 acres (9 km²) with 90 miles (140 k...
  • Lake Decatur is a 2,800-acre (11 km2) reservoir located in the city of Decatur, Illinois, east of downtown. The city and lake both share the name of U.S. Navy Commodore Stephen Decatur. The lake is 6...
  • Crab Orchard Lake is a 6,965-acre (28.2 km²) reservoir in Williamson County, Illinois. It is the centerpiece of the Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge. It is fed by Devils Kitchen Lake and Little...
  • Countryside Lake is a manmade lake located in Lake County Illinois. The lake is in the center of the Countryside neighborhood and is a private lake to members of the CLA (Countryside Lake Association)...
  • Lake Charles is a reservoir in Lake County, Illinois, United States....
  • Wolf Lake is an 804-acre (325.4 ha) lake that straddles the Hammond, Indiana / Chicago, Illinois border. It is smaller than it was prior to settlement by people of European descent because of infillin...
  • Upper Peoria Lake is a section of the Illinois River primarily between Peoria County and Woodford County, Illinois, United States. The lake runs from South Rome to Peoria Heights, with Spring Bay and ...
  • Senachwine Lake is a 3,324-acre (13.5 km²) riparian lake that forms part of the valley of the Illinois River. It is located in Putnam and Marshall Counties, Illinois. Its elevation is 439 feet (134 m...
  • Sauk Lake is a small, freshwater lake located in Cook County, Illinois, between the municipalities of Park Forest, Illinois and Chicago Heights, Illinois. It is an enlarged portion of Thorn Creek crea...
  • Peoria Lake is a section of the Illinois River between Peoria in Peoria County, Illinois and East Peoria in Tazewell County, Illinois. The oldest section of Peoria, the largest city on the river, lies...
  • Lake Opeka is a small, 40 acres (16 ha) lake in Des Plaines, Illinois, with an 18 hole par-3 golf course on its western shore.On the shores of Lake Opeka, Lake Park is a 60 acres (24 ha) park which of...
  • Loon Lake is a glacial lake found in northern Lake County, Illinois, United States. It comprises three lakes; East Loon, West Loon, and North Loon. (North Loon is not connected). It is located near th...
  • Lake Killarney is a subdivision surrounding a private lake located near the Fox River in unincorporated Cary, Illinois, Algonquin Township. It is located 45 miles (72 km) northwest of Chicago. Reside...
  • Lake Hillcrest is a lake in Madison County, Illinois, United States....
  • Grays Lake is a 80-acre (32 ha) kettle lake located in the Village of Grayslake in Lake County, Illinois.Grays Lake contains approximately 112 million gallons of water covering approximately 80 acres ...
  • Frentress Lake is a backwater lake located on the eastern side of the Mississippi River in northern Illinois, to the southeast of East Dubuque. Frentress lake is home to many nice cottages and lake ho...
  • The Chain O'Lakes is a waterway system in northeast Illinois composed of 15 lakes connected together by the Fox River and man-made channels. Encompassing more than 7,100 acres (29 km2) of water, 488 ...
  • Anderson Lake is a freshwater lake located in Fulton County, Illinois....
  • Lake Carroll is a lake in Carroll County, Illinois, located north of Lanark....
  • Bayles Lake is a freshwater reservoir located in west Loda, Illinois in Iroquois County, 13.6 miles from Onarga and separated by a road from Lake Iroquois, Illinois....
  • Bangs Lake is a natural glacial lake that is located in Wauconda, Illinois. It is named after Justus Bangs, the first permanent settler in Wauconda, who arrived in the summer of 1836. Justus Bangs rep...
  • Baldwin Lake is a 2,018-acre (817 ha) reservoir which spans part of the border between Randolph County, Illinois and St. Clair County, Illinois.The lake is part of the Kaskaskia River State Fish and W...
  • Outdoor adventure lovers’ will get their fill of recreational activities at Rend Lake in Illinois, between Mt. Vernon and Benton off interstate 57. Rend Lake has 18,900 acres of water for prime Illi...
  • Lake Calumet is the largest body of water within the city of Chicago. Formerly a shallow, postglacial lake draining into Lake Michigan, it has been changed beyond recognition by industrial redevelopme...
  • Kinkaid Lake is a reservoir located in southwestern Illinois. Entirely within Jackson County, the lake is approximately 5 miles (8.0 km) northwest of Murphysboro and 100 miles (160 km) southeast of ...
  • Horseshoe Lake , a National Natural Landmark, is located in the American Bottom of Illinois within the greater St. Louis metropolitan area, is 2,400 acres (10 km2) in size, and is the second-largest n...
  • Horseshoe Lake is an oxbow lake in Alexander County, Illinois. It is the site of Illinois's Horseshoe Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area, a state park 10,645 acres (43 km2) in size. A remnant of a larg...
  • Devil's Kitchen Lake is an 810-acre (3.3 km²) reservoir in southern Illinois, created by the damming of Grassy Creek, a tributary of Crab Orchard Lake and the Big Muddy River. Most of the lake is lo...
  • Clinton Lake is a 4,900 acres (19.8 km2) reservoir located near Clinton, Illinois. The lake is a part of the Clinton Lake State Recreation Area, which encompasses 9,300 acres (37.6 km2). Clinton Lak...
  • Cedar Lake is a 1,750-acre (7.0 km²) reservoir in southern Illinois, created by the damming of Cedar Creek, a tributary of the Big Muddy River, in 1974. The lake is located in Jackson County, southw...
  • Carlyle Lake is a 26,000 acres (105.2 km2) reservoir largely located in Clinton County, Illinois, with smaller portions of the lake within Bond and Fayette counties. It is the largest man-made lake i...