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,...

South Marcum Campground

The South Marcum Campground is located in Southern Illinois on the shores of Rend Lake. More than 100 campsites at South Marcum Campground are available for reservations. At every Recreational Vehicle site,...

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,...

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


A dive bar that serves hard and cheap drinks. Enjoy playing with their poker machines and juke box. An Excellent location to stop by and socialize with friendly people here.

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...

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...

Franklin County 1910's Garage Museum

The 1910s Franklin County Garage Museum in Benton lets you travel back in time with its antique cars and other automotive products. This garage museum has two sets - the large set runs along the north wall of...

Pheasant Hollow Winery

A great place that offers wide selection of wines. Enjoy the finest grape and fruit wines in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Pheasant Hollow Winery has a new released wine - Black & Blue Celebration...

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Rend Lake Current Weather Alerts

There are no active watches, warnings or advisories.


Rend Lake Weather Forecast


Rain Showers

Hi: 61

Thursday Night

Partly Cloudy

Lo: 40


Mostly Sunny

Hi: 54

Friday Night

Mostly Cloudy

Lo: 33


Partly Sunny

Hi: 41

Saturday Night


Lo: 35


Mostly Sunny

Hi: 62

Sunday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 48

Rend Lake Water Level (last 30 days)

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

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