Looking to Explore the Rend Lake, IL Area?

Looking to Explore the Rend Lake, IL Area? We all know that Rend Lake itself is a hot spot destination for great crappie fishing and fishing in general but there is a lot more to explore for you and the family while you’re in the area that you may not even know is offered!

Take a look below at all of the different activities for yourself or even the entire family!

Visitors Guide:

US Army Corps of Engineers Public Use Land Opportunities: 

 Hiking and Bike Trails 

Bike Trails: Rend Lake offers over 21 miles of paved multi-use trails, perfect for hiking or biking. Various sections of the trails offer unique scenic views of Southern Illinois habitats including wetlands, forests, and grasslands. 

Blackberry Nature Trail

Catfish Cove Pond & Trail

Wayne Fitzgerrell Trails

Kayak rentals are available through local vendors including Black Dog Storage & Kayak Rentals and Electric Bike and Paddle Board Rentals are available through Rend Lake Electric Bike and Aquatic Rentals.  

AshBeas Rend Lake Electric Bike & Aquatic Rentals | Rend Lake Bike & Aquatic Paddle BoardsRental | Benton, Illinois, USAElectric bike rental and aquatics business in Rend Lake, Illinois! With 20 miles of paved paths to explore, you can easily cruise through the campgrounds, take a trip to the beach, or simply soak in the natural beauty of the area. Paddle boards, inflatable docks for boats and beaches! All skill levels can ride, reserve today at!


There are approximately 112 active geocaches located all around Rend Lake. To view all the caches managed by the Corps of Engineers at Rend Lake, check out the rend-ranger at


Rend Lake offers 2 public swimming areas South Sandusky Beach and North Marcum Beach that are open from sunrise to sunset. 

Golf Courses- Rend Lake 27 Hole Golf Course

27-Hole Course, Lodging & DiningLooking to relax and have some fun? Come experience all that Rend Lake Golf Complex offers. Our staff are at your

Lodging Partners: 

Aside from the 5 public beaches that the US Army Corps of Engineers offer, reservation can be made

Motel Benton

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Sure Stay Whittington Illinois

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Cabin in the Woods

Southern Illinois | Rend Lake Cabins in the Woods | United StatesRend Lake Cabins in the Woods is a great place for family and friends to get away in our cozy cabins! You can now book online, by live chat, or by phone!

Seasons Resort

Lodging – Rend Lake Conservancy DistrictLodging in Rend Lake is situated in the heart of the beauty and adventure offered there. Accommodated to

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