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Here are the 55 lakes we have listed within USA > Midwest > Illinois - compared by Deepest Lakes.

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Lake Name Maximum depth in feet Lake Description
Lake Michigan
(Great Lakes / Illinois, USA / Indiana, USA / Michigan, USA / Wisconsin, USA)
923 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, and Michigan. The lake boasts a huge area of 22,400 square miles, making it the largest freshwater lake (by surface area) in the world to be contained ...
Lake Michigan-Huron
(Ontario, Canada / Great Lakes / Illinois, USA / Indiana, USA / Michigan, USA / Wisconsin, USA)
923 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 are connected by the five-mile-wide Straits of Mackinac. Hydrologically, this makes these "two lakes" a single lake. Some hydrologists designate the ...
Devils Kitchen Lake
(Illinois, USA)
90 Devils Kitchen Lake Pictures Also known as: Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge
Devils Kitchen Lake is one of three lakes (the other two are Crab Orchard Lake and Little Grassy Lake) that are part of the Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge in southwestern Williamson County of Illinois. The refuge is maintained by the Department of the Interior's Fish and Wildlife Service. Devils ...
Kinkaid Lake
(Illinois, USA)
80 Kinkaid Lake Pictures Kinkaid Lake Message Forums 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 Forest in southwestern Illinois. The lake is located in Jackson County about 15 miles northwest of Carbondale, home of Southern Illinois University. ...
Little Grassy Lake
(Illinois, USA)
77 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 wildlife refuge. The Crab Orchard Wildlife Refuge consists of over 40,000 acres of fields, woods and waters, attracting visitors from all around to come ...
Apple Canyon Lake
(Illinois, USA)
70 Apple Canyon Lake Pictures Apple Canyon Lake Message Forums 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 Daviess County, this private lake sits five miles southeast of Charles Mound, Illinois' highest natural peak at 1,235 feet. Only miles south of the Wisconsin ...
Lake Shelbyville
(Illinois, USA)
67 Lake Shelbyville Message Forums 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, Shelbyville Lake is rimmed with fingers and coves, making it an ideal choice for quiet boaters and anglers as well. Sprawling across 11,000 acres ...
Lake Thunderbird
(Illinois, USA)
66 Lake Thunderbird Message Forums Nestled in the rural Illinois woods, Lake Thunderbird is set in Putnam County, the smallest county in Illinois. The lake, located on the border of the Northern and Western tourism regions, was originally built in 1970 by the American Central Corporation in response to America's urbanization. Families ...
Lake Petersburg
(Illinois, USA)
65 Lake Petersburg Message Forums 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 Illinois' Central and Western Regions felt the lack and created a lake. Lovely Lake Petersburg was created two miles south of the town of Petersburg ...
Lake Wildwood
(Illinois, USA)
62 Lake Wildwood Pictures Lake Wildwood Message Forums '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 a willing market for new lakefront developments. A new lake on the mostly lake-less prairie southwest of Chicago would be a welcome attraction to ...
Gages Lake
(Illinois, USA)
55 Gages Lake Message Forums 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 Lake area as one of the "Best Places" to live, with low housing costs, low crime and high per capita income. Only 37 miles from downtown Chicago, Gages ...
Horseshoe Lake
(Illinois, USA)
55 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 from the main river channel and formed a crescent-shaped lake. Horseshoe Lake is part of the flood plain area of the Mississippi River known as the ...
Lake Carroll
(Illinois, USA)
55 Lake Carroll Pictures Lake Carroll Message Forums 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 of an exclusive residential community nestled in the state's Northern tourism region. Monitored and maintained by the Lake Carroll Association, it ...
Evergreen Lake
(Illinois, USA)
53 Evergreen Lake Pictures Evergreen Lake Message Forums 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, Six Mile Creek was dammed to create new Evergreen Lake. Then, needing even more water storage, the dam was enlarged in 1995. The resulting 900-acre ...
Lake of Egypt
(Illinois, USA)
52 Lake of Egypt Message Forums 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 gliding deeper into the cove. Behind her on the main body of Lake of Egypt she can hear the motor boats purring to life. Soon water skiers and ...
Lake Sara
(Illinois, USA)
52 Lake Sara Pictures Lake Sara Message Forums 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 like Lake Sara. Located in the Central Region of Illinois, Effingham County, like much of the Midwestern prairie has limited surface water. In 1949, ...
Lake Galena
(Illinois, USA)
50 Lake Galena Message Forums 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, as it is also known, was created when developers dammed Smallpox River with an eye toward building an exclusive residential complex. With foresight ...
Deep Lake
(Illinois, USA)
48 Deep Lake Message Forums 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 as one of the cleanest, clearest lakes in the watershed. The lake lies only 50 miles north of the Chicago Loop and just five miles east of the Fox ...
Crystal Lake
(Illinois, USA)
41 Crystal Lake Pictures Crystal Lake Message Forums Crystal Lake, in the Chicagoland Region of Illinois, is a water playground surrounded by a decidedly urban landscape. Located in the Chicago Northwest suburbs, Crystal Lake is easy to get to and a great place to live. An easy commute via train makes Crystal Lake the ideal spot for a working vacation. ...
Cedar Lake
(Illinois, USA)
40 Cedar Lake Pictures Cedar Lake Message Forums 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 in 1974 by building a dam to impound Cedar Creek, a tributary of the Big Muddy River. Although the primary purpose of Cedar Lake is to provide water ...
Clinton Lake
(Illinois, USA)
40 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 tank for the Clinton Nuclear Generation Station, the reservoir pulls double duty as one of the area's premier vacation destinations. Open since ...
Fyre Lake
(Illinois, USA)
40 Fyre Lake Message Forums 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 Quad Cities, Fyre Lake is a private residential development. It includes three man-made lakes on the rolling Illinois prairie. The largest, Fyre Lake ...
East Fork Lake
(Illinois, USA)
36 East Fork Lake Message Forums 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 Little Egypt since the early 1800s. Exactly when it gained the nickname and the true reasons are lost to history, but historians suspect it had to do ...
Little Swan Lake
(Illinois, USA)
36 Little Swan Lake Message Forums 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 guests can enjoy a number of water related activities to include fishing, boating, swimming, water skiing, ice fishing, and ice skating on 225-acre Little ...
Pistakee Lake
(Illinois, USA)
36 Pistakee Lake Message Forums 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 Region of Illinois, Pistakee Lake has been welcoming visitors since the mid 1800s. The southernmost large lake in a chain of lakes stretching north ...


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