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...

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 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...

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,...

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

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...

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.

Historic Jail Museum

The Franklin County Historic Preservation Society, a 501c3 not-for-profit corporation, was established in 1993 with the mission of locating, preserving, and publicizing Franklin County, Illinois's rich...


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.

Rend Lake Antique Mall Inc

A large mall with lots of antique items inside. It has a very broad range of both common and uncommon antiques in various price ranges. The staff is helpful and accommodating. Prices are quite high but are...

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Rend Lake Current Weather Alerts

There are no active watches, warnings or advisories.


Rend Lake Weather Forecast


Partly Sunny

Hi: 45

Friday Night

Mostly Cloudy

Lo: 29


Partly Sunny

Hi: 42

Saturday Night

Chance Rain/Snow

Lo: 35


Rain Likely

Hi: 42

Sunday Night

Mostly Cloudy

Lo: 28


Mostly Sunny

Hi: 34

Monday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 22

Rend Lake Water Level (last 30 days)

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

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