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

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,...

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,...

Coy and Wilma's Campsites + Cabins

Coy and Wilma Campsite is a private one with spacious sites for a year-round camp living, a small number of sites for overnight camping, and full-time camp living. Enjoy beautiful secluded and well-shaded oak,...

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...

Dam West Area

Dam West Area is open only for days that can hold up to 100 people with a sizable picnic shelter with furniture, a grill, and water. The location contains a boat ramp, playground, marina, and dock. For more...

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

Anchor Grille Restaurant & Catering

A well-rated family restaurant that serves home-cooked meals from breakfast to lunch. They have a breakfast buffet and a pasta bar. This restaurant has a friendly and welcoming ambiance, with great customer...

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...

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...

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...

Sesser Opera House

Sesser Opera House is a community theater and musical performance place with great and talented artists. It can also be rented for events.

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Rend Lake Weather Forecast



Hi: 76

Thursday Night


Lo: 54



Hi: 75

Friday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 58


Mostly Sunny

Hi: 79

Saturday Night

Mostly Cloudy

Lo: 59


Partly Sunny

Hi: 79

Sunday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 61

Rend Lake Water Level (last 30 days)

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

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