Rend Lake

Rend Lake lies in the heart of southern Illinois in Franklin and Jefferson Counties in a rural environment. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), St. Louis District, manages Rend Lake, and 20,000 acres surrounding the lake. Rend Lake at normal pool covers 18,900 acres with 162 miles of shoreline, a maximum depth of 35 feet, and an average depth of 10 to 15 feet.  More Lake Information

Rend Lake Camping

North Sandusky Campground

North Sandusky Campground is located in the center of Southern Illinois close to Sandusky Cove on Rend Lake. It offers 60 campsites fully equipped with electric hookups, 16 campsites have full-hookup, and the...

Shagbark Group Area

Shagbark Group Area campground accommodates 200 campers with drinking water, flush toilets, and power hookups. You can enjoy seeing deer and turkey. Campers can also enjoy skiing, hiking, swimming, walking,...

Gun Creek Campground

It offers one large group picnic shelter and 100 reservable campsites. The campsites are fully equipped with a dump station, hot showers, flush toilets, and drinking water. Plus it has a boat ramp, boat dock,...

Rend Lake Cabins In The Woods

It offers a charming campground with lots of cabins to offer. Some cabins have a jacuzzi, full kitchen, front porch, and large cabins for families and larger groups. Campers can use their deer cleaning and...

South Sandusky Camp Ground

South Sandusky Campground is located just in the Rend Lake that provides 100 reservable campsites, electric hookups at every campsite, a dump station, hot showers, flush toilets, and drinking water. The...

Rend Lake Marinas

Rend Lake Marina

Rend Lake Marina offers boating services such as pontoon rentals, overnight slip rentals, covered storage rooms that can handle boats up to 30 feet long, marine engine service, and shrink-wrapping winterizing....

Rend Lake What To Do

Silkwood Inn Museum

Silkwood Inn Museum is a local museum that has a huge collection of antiques and furnishings from the 1800s. Priscilla, a slave girl, Hollyhock flowers, and the Trail of Tears are all included in a well-known...

Farmstead Foods - Benton Market

Sell and produce a wide array of locally grown and produced products. The owners worked with a number of small family farms in the Illinois/Missouri region to offer chefs and customers some of the greatest...

The Barn Bar

An excellent location to hang out with friends. The bartenders are fantastic, and the owners are lovely folks! This little bar serves cold beers and good food.

Rend Lake Golf Course

Rend Lake Golf Course offers 27 championship holes with large bent grass greens with an average square footage of 7,500. A mature, natural setting is created through meticulous landscaping. a modern, well-lit...

Bonnie Cafe

Bonnie Cafe is a locally owned family-friendly restaurant that serves home-cooked meals from breakfast to lunch at a reasonable price. They serve a huge portion and great customer service.

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Rend Lake Current Weather Alerts

There are no active watches, warnings or advisories.


Rend Lake Weather Forecast


Slight Chance Rain Showers

Hi: 80

Sunday Night

Slight Chance Rain Showers

Lo: 66


Partly Sunny

Hi: 81

Monday Night

Partly Cloudy

Lo: 66


Partly Sunny

Hi: 83

Tuesday Night

Slight Chance Thunderstorms

Lo: 65


Slight Chance Thunderstorms

Hi: 82

Wednesday Night

Slight Chance Thunderstorms

Lo: 66

Rend Lake Water Level (last 30 days)

Water Level on 10/13: 41.92 (-363.08)

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