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Rend Lake

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Type  Reservoir
Basin countries  United States
Area  76.49 km²
Length  20.9 km
Cities  Benton, Sesser
Primary outflows  Big Muddy River
Max. length  13 miles (20.9 km)
Max depth  11 m
Surface elevation  123 m
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Location  Franklin / Jefferson counties, Illinois, U.S.
Primary inflows  Big Muddy River Casey Creek
Inflow source  Big Muddy River, Casey Creek

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Rend Lake is a 13 miles (20.9 km)-long, 3 miles (4.8 km)-wide southern Illinois reservoir in Franklin and Jefferson Counties near Benton, Illinois. The lake contains 18,900 acres (76 km²) of water, stores 185,000 acre feet (228,000,000 m3) of water, and supplies over 15 million gallons of water per day to 300,000 persons in over 60 communities. The reservoir is up to 35 feet (10.7 m) deep, but its average depth is closer to 9.7 feet (3.0 m). Its elevation is 405 feet (123.4 m) above sea level.


Map of Rend Lake, Illinois, USA

Rend Lake is a reservoir, created when the United States Army Corps of Engineers dammed the Big Muddy River. The dam and lake were authorized in 1962, but the lake was not completely filled until March 1973.[1]

The lakeshore of Rend Lake extends covers 162 miles (261 km), part of which is preserved as Wayne Fitzgerrell State Recreation Area. Swimming beaches at North Marcum and South Sandusky are managed and maintained by the US Army Corps of Engineers. An adjacent Illinois Artisans Shop & Visitors Center is part of the Illinois State Museum system and is operated by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. (This facility is currently closed due to lack of funding from the state.)

In 2010, Rend Lake was designated as an Important Bird Area of Illinois.

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Rend Lake is one of the largest lakes in Illinois and is home to some of the top ranked fishing. The Recognized species in Rend Lake are the following :


Rend Lake Wikipedia

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