Rend Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area

Rend Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area


Location:Between Mount Vernon and Benton, just off I-57.
Facilities:Boat ramps. (Additional facilities are located at Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park, which is also situated on Rend Lake. See separate entry for details.)
Activities:Boating, fishing, hunting, wildlife viewing.
Special Features:Property is managed to provide valuable habitat for a variety of animals and waterfowl, including great blue herons and many species of shorebirds. The area's main attraction is Rend Lake, with 19 public access areas, eight of which provide launching ramps. It was built as a joint project of the Illinois Dept of Natural Resources, the Rend Lake Conservancy District, and the US Corps of Engineers to provide a dependable domestic water supply for the two-county area.
Address:10885 E Jefferson Rd
Bonnie, IL 62816

Phone:618-279-3110
Web: dnr.state.il.us/Lands/Landmgt/PARKS/R5/RENDLAKE/REND.HTM
Size: 20,000 acres land; 18,900 acres water.

See other parks in Illinois.