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Lake Name Lake Summary
Antioch Lake Also known as: Lake Antioch
Antioch Lake is a privately owned lake offering lakeside luxury within commuting distance of Chicago or Milwaukee. Located in Antioch Township in far ...
Apple Canyon Lake Apple Canyon Lake Pictures Set among the rolling hills and fertile farmland of far northwestern Illinois, life at Apple Canyon Lake is an eternal vacation. Located in scenic Jo ...
Bangs Lake Bangs Lake is a natural glacial lake located in northeastern Illinois' Lake County. Bangs Lake is surrounded by the developing northern suburbs of Chicago ...
Bluff Lake Also known as: Fox Chain O'Lakes
Bluff Lake is a part of the Fox Chain O'Lakes in northeastern Illinois' Chicagoland tourism region, just 40 miles northwest of Chicago. This chain of ...
Brandenburg Lake Also known as: Lake of the Hollow, Fox Chain O'Lakes
Brandenburg Lake, also known as Lake of the Hollow, is a private, freshwater lake connected to Illinois' Fox Chain of Lakes. This glacial succession includes ...
Candlewick Lake Tucked away in the northern region of Illinois, 60 miles west of Chicago, Candlewick Lake offers respite at the end of a long day or recreation during ...
Carlyle Lake Also known as: Carlyle Reservoir
Carlyle Lake, located in south-central Illinois, holds dual titles as largest artificial lake and largest body of water wholly contained within the state. ...
Cedar Lake Cedar Lake Pictures Cedar Lake is located at the edge of the Shawnee National Forest in southern Illinois. This 1,750-acre reservoir was created by the City of Carbondale ...
Channel Lake Also known as: Fox Chain O'Lakes
Over 7,000 acres of water make up the lakes in the Fox Chain O'Lakes in northeastern Illinois. With almost 500 shoreline miles lined with vacation rentals, ...
Clinton Lake Also known as: Clinton Reservoir
Travel to central Illinois and you'll find Clinton Lake, a 4,900 acre lake just 3 miles east of Clinton. Though the lake was originally built as a cooling ...
Crab Orchard Lake Crab Orchard Lake is the largest of three reservoirs that are part of the 43,899-acre Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge in southwestern Williamson ...
Crooked Lake Crooked Lake Pictures In a landscape dotted by glacial lakes and wetlands, Crooked Lake is in the aptly named Lake County of Illinois. Situated in the Chicagoland tourist ...
Crystal Lake Crystal Lake Pictures Crystal Lake, in the Chicagoland Region of Illinois, is a water playground surrounded by a decidedly urban landscape. Located in the Chicago Northwest ...
Deep Lake Even in a county with hundreds of lakes, Deep Lake stands out. Located in Lake County, in the Chicagoland Region of Illinois, private Deep Lake is noted ...
Devils Kitchen Lake Devils Kitchen Lake Pictures Devils Kitchen Lake is one of three lakes (the other two are Crab Orchard Lake and Little Grassy Lake) that are part of the gigantic Crab Orchard National ...
Druce Lake Druce Lake Pictures Also known as: Second Lake
Druce Lake, located north of Chicago, is one of those secret locations that blends life in the big city with outdoor amenities. Small Druce Lake, named ...
Dunns Lake Also known as: Fox Chain O'Lakes
If a vacation on the Fox River Chain of Lakes appeals to you, Dunns Lake in the Chicagoland Region is just the ticket. This small lake, reached via a ...
East Fork Lake Also known as: East Fork Reservoir
East Fork Lake, in the Southern Region of Illinois, is a well-kept secret in a land of many secrets. The southern third of Illinois has been known as ...
Elizabeth Lake Also known as: Lake Elizabeth, Twin Lakes
Lake Elizabeth or Elizabeth Lake, as it is more commonly known, has been a vacation getaway for over 150 years. Located in the Northern Region of Illinois ...
Evergreen Lake Evergreen Lake Pictures Also known as: Evergreen Reservoir
One of Central Illinois' best-kept secret lies just north of Bloomington: Evergreen Lake. When the growing city needed additional water supply in 1971, ...
Forbes Lake What started as a humble two acre lake in a twenty acre park has grown into one of southern Illinois' best fishing lakes and a great family destination. ...
Fox Chain O'Lakes Fox Chain O'Lakes Pictures Also known as: Fox Chain of Lakes, Channel Lake, Lake Catherine, Lake Marie, Bluff Lake, Petite Lake, Grass Lake, Fox Lake, Nippersink Lake, Pistakee Lake
The Fox Chain O'Lakes is a collection of 15 navigable lakes on the Fox River, each with its own flavor. Called the "Key West of the Midwest," the Chain ...
Fox Lake Fox Lake Pictures Also known as: Nippersink Lake, Fox Chain O'Lakes
Located north of Chicago in the Chicagoland Region of Illinois, Fox Lake is part of the Fox River Chain of Lakes. The Fox River Chain consists of nine ...
Fyre Lake A musical artist may have made Fire Lake famous, but he didn't know about Fyre Lake! Located in the Western Region of Illinois a few miles south of the ...
Gages Lake Gages Lake, in the Chicagoland Region of Illinois, is the perfect example of why those "in the know" love Lake County. USNews recently listed the Gages ...
Governor Bond Lake Also known as: Greenville New City Lake
Governor Bond Lake is proclaimed to be one of Greenville, Illinois best kept secrets. A water supply reservoir built in the late 1960's has become a ...
Grass Lake Also known as: Fox Chain O'Lakes
Grass Lake is one of nine lakes linked by channels to form the Fox Chain O'Lakes in northern Illinois. The combination of lakes is the largest inland, ...
Griswold Lake Griswold Lake Pictures Also known as: Griswald Lake, Fox Chain O'Lakes
Griswold Lake is located in the Chicagoland Region of Illinois near Holiday Hills. The northern shore of Griswold Lake was first developed in the 1930s ...
Happy Hollow Lake Happy Hollow Lake Pictures Knox County in western Illinois is home to private Happy Hollow Lake. Built in 1963, Happy Hollow Lake offers 30 acres of cool, refreshing water. Very ...
Heritage Lake Also known as: Maraldo Lake
Originally named Maraldo Lake, Heritage Lake is an 85-acre, man-made lake located just east of the town of Mackinaw on the border of Illinois' western ...
Highland Lake Highland Lake Pictures If you've ever dreamed of leaving the city on Friday night and quickly arriving at a lakefront piece of heaven, then Highland Lake is just the place for ...
Holiday Shores Lake Also known as: Holiday Lake
Holiday Shores Lake is a sprawling 430-acre, man-made lake in Madison County, Illinois. Formed by the damming of Joulters Creek in 1965, this unique lake ...
Horseshoe Lake Horseshoe Lake is an "oxbow" lake in west-central Illinois, created more than 3,000 years ago when a section of the mighty Mississippi River was cut off ...
Kellart Lake For a select and lucky few, Kellart Lake is a scenic and peaceful retreat. An hour and a half from Chicago, 45 minutes from Bloomington, Champaign and ...
Kinkaid Lake Kinkaid Lake Pictures Kinkaid Lake is a scenic 2,350-acre reservoir surrounded by sandstone bluffs and rolling hills of oaks and hickories on the edge of the Shawnee National ...
Lake Carlinville Also known as: Carlinville Lake, Lake 1 and Lake 2
Located in the Central region of Illinois, Lake Carlinville (also known as Carlinville Lake) is a 355-acre lake used for drinking water and recreation ...
Lake Carroll Lake Carroll is a sparkling freshwater lake located in Carroll County, in the northwest corner of Illinois. This private body of water sits in the middle ...
Lake Catatoga Lake Catatoga Pictures Illinois' peaceful Lake Catatoga is situated between St. Louis and Springfield, just 15 miles west of the city of Litchfield. This sparkling body of water ...
Lake Centralia Illinois' Lake Centralia is an alluring 400-acre body of water that was constructed in 1910. It is located in the heart of Marion County, a region named ...
Lake Galena Also known as: Galena Lake, Galena Reservoir
Tucked in a corner of the Northern Region of Illinois, Lake Galena presents one of the finest examples of a well-planned manmade lake. Galena Reservoir, ...
Lake Glenn Shoals Also known as: Glenn Shoals Lake
Lake Glenn Shoals, also known as Glenn Shoals Lake, is located near Hillsboro, Illinois. The City of Hillsboro built the lake for flood control and water ...
Lake Iroquois Also known as: Iroquois Lake
Three little boys scramble out of the fishing boat while their nervous father says a silent prayer that the boat won't tip over. It is a ritual they ...
Lake Lou Yaeger Also known as: Lake Lou, Lou Yaeger Reservoir
One of the hidden gems in the central Illinois heartland, Lake Lou Yaeger provides over 1200 acres of recreational enjoyment to residents and visitors ...
Lake Marie Also known as: Fox Chain O' Lakes
Fresh water bog, river bluff and gently sloping hills characterize the land around Lake Marie. Cherry elm, birch, sumac and spruce are beautiful in the ...
Lake Mattoon Lake Mattoon Pictures Surrounded by farmlands in the Central region of Illinois is Lake Mattoon. A quiet and tranquil retreat for many Illinoisans and out-of-towners, the ...
Lake Michigan Lake Michigan Pictures As the only Great Lake nestled completely within the boundaries of the United States, Lake Michigan is the pride and joy of Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, ...
Lake Michigan-Huron Lake Michigan-Huron Pictures Lake Michigan and Lake Huron - two of North America's Great Lakes - are contiguous and they share the same elevation of 577 feet above sea level. They ...
Lake of Egypt She settles herself into the kayak and pushes away from the shore. The small boat cuts through the fog rising from the surface of the lake, and she turns ...
Lake Petersburg Also known as: Petersburg Lake, Petersburg Reservoir
Something in human nature seems to require a water body to feel complete: Lake Petersburg fills that need. The people of Petersburg on the border between ...
Lake Sara Lake Sara Pictures Also known as: Sara Reservoir
Lake Sara - a refreshing oasis in central Illinois! What does a community like Effingham Illinois do when they run out of water? They build a reservoir ...
Lake Shelbyville Also known as: Shelbyville Lake, Shelbyville Reservoir
Seventeen miles and thousands of acres of water stretch out in front of power boaters leaving the dam at Lake Shelbyville. In addition to its wide expanses, ...
Lake Springfield Lake Springfield Pictures Lake Springfield at Springfield, Illinois is the largest municipally owned lake in Illinois at 4,234 acres. City Water, Light & Power built the reservoir ...
Lake Taylorville Completed in 1962 by the City of Taylorville, Illinois, Lake Taylorville is the city's source of water and a major recreation facility. The reservoir ...
Lake Thunderbird A snowy wonderland greets the winter traveler as he shuffles through the soft layers, away from his lakehouse retreat near Lake Thunderbird, nestled in ...
Lake Wee-Ma-Tuk Lake Wee-Ma-Tuk, located southwest of Peoria, Illinois, is a shining example of thoughtful land restoration. The 154-acre lake is part of an upscale residential ...
Lake Wildwood 'Build it and they will come' is the true story behind Lake Wildwood in Central Illinois. As the population grew in the 1960s and 1970s, developers found ...
Lake Zurich Lake Zurich Pictures Also known as: Cedar Lake
Lake Zurich is a charming private lake conveniently located 35 miles northwest of Chicago, Illinois and approximately 50 miles south of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. ...
Little Grassy Lake Little Grassy Lake Pictures Surrounded by watchful forest trees and open grasslands, the Little Grassy Lake is a quiet body of water sitting in the middle of a Southern Illinois ...
Little Swan Lake Little Swan Lake is a private community tucked away in the quiet atmosphere of rural Warren County in west central Illinois. Property owners and their ...
Long Lake Long Lake Pictures Also known as: Fox Chain O'Lakes
Located 40 miles northwest of Chicago, the Fox Chain O'Lakes is one of the most popular inland water sport destinations in the state of Illinois. The ...
Pistakee Lake Also known as: Lake Pistakee, Fox Chain O'Lakes
Pistakee Lake is a well-known destination to generations of Chicago area Lakelubbers. Located on the famous Fox River Chain of Lakes in the Chicagoland ...
Rend Lake Rend Lake Pictures Rend Lake, located in southern Illinois, is a fantastic place to enjoy all sorts of outdoor recreational activities. This reservoir, the second largest ...
Wolf Lake Wolf Lake Pictures With Chicago, Illinois on one side and Hammond, Indiana on the other, Wolf Lake is a pocket of green offering respite to the weary city dweller. The water ...

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