What To Do At Rend Lake

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Whether you are looking to unwind at the spa, rent a boat, dine at a unique restaurant or play a round of paintball, we've got the inside track to all the finest entertainment and restaurants around the lake. Check out all the options from the list below.


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 quality locally-grown produce and...

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 quality goods.



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.

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 that is made from blueberries and...

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.


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.

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 service and good food serving.

Family Entertainment

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.

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 local legend that can be seen here.

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 our garage, while the smaller pair runs...

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 historic inventory.

Golf Courses

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 practice area featuring a driving range,...

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Rend Lake Weather Forecast



Hi: 83

Thursday Night


Lo: 61



Hi: 80

Friday Night

Partly Cloudy

Lo: 63


Chance Rain Showers

Hi: 76

Saturday Night

Chance Rain Showers

Lo: 66


Slight Chance Rain Showers

Hi: 77

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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