Illinois Map

Dam West Area (Day-use)

Contact Info
12220 Rend City Road
Benton, IL 62812-9803

Phone 1:
618-724-2493
Basics
Number of Sites:
1

Amenities

Special Features
  • Playground
  • Fishing

Details

Season
Open year round.
Location
Getting There:
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
38.03917, -88.98583
38°2'21"N, 88°59'9"W

From I-57 take take exit 71 and turn west onto Route 14. Continue for 3 miles, then turn north on Rend City Road. The entrance is on the right after about 4 miles, just past the main dam.

Basic Info
Total Sites:
1
Rend Lake is a relatively shallow reservoir, filled with countless native species of fish, making it an ideal angling destination. Abundant and large crappie and channel catfish are especially popular, along with hybrid striped bass and flathead catfish.

Birding is a popular pastime at the park, and the area provides the ideal habitat for a diverse range of bird species.

The Rend Lake Bike Trail offers opportunities for hiking and biking, along with the nearby Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park, which also offers horseback riding.

The lake has earned the reputation of being one of the best waterfowl hunting areas in the state for both ducks and geese. There are also plenty of opportunities for archery and firearm deer hunting at higher elevations. Another popular attraction is the annual controlled pheasant hunt held at Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park.

Ranger-led educational programs are available at the Rend Lake Visitor Center. Boat rentals are also available at the Rend Lake Marina.

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