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Here are the 64 lakes we have listed within USA > Midwest > Illinois - compared by Largest Lakes - Acres.

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Lake Name Area in acres Lake Description
Lake Michigan-Huron
(Ontario, Canada / Great Lakes / Illinois, USA / Indiana, USA / Michigan, USA / Wisconsin, USA)
29,062,400 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 ...
Lake Michigan
(Great Lakes / Illinois, USA / Indiana, USA / Michigan, USA / Wisconsin, USA)
14,336,000 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 ...
Carlyle Lake
(Illinois, USA)
26,000 Carlyle Lake Message Forums 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. Located about 50 miles east of St. Louis, Carlyle Lake was created by the Army Corps of Engineers between 1958 and 1967. Though its 26,000 acre surface ...
Rend Lake
(Illinois, USA)
18,900 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 artificial lake in the state, covers an area of nearly 19,000 acres and is a perfect place for fishing, boating, and other outdoor sports. ...
Lake Shelbyville
(Illinois, USA)
11,100 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 ...
Fox Chain O'Lakes
(Illinois, USA)
7,110 Fox Chain O'Lakes Pictures Fox Chain O'Lakes Message Forums 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 has been drawing visitors to play in the Chicagoland region of Northern Illinois for over a hundred years. Made up of glacial lakes and impoundments, ...
Crab Orchard Lake
(Illinois, USA)
6,695 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 County of Illinois. Located a few miles east of Carbondale, home of Southern Illinois University, Crab Orchard Lake is a popular destination for boating, ...
Clinton Lake
(Illinois, USA)
4,900 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 ...
Lake Springfield
(Illinois, USA)
4,234 Lake Springfield Pictures Lake Springfield Message Forums Lake Springfield at Springfield, Illinois is the largest municipally owned lake in Illinois at 4,234 acres. City Water, Light & Power built the reservoir primarily as a source of drinking water for the city and a source of condenser cooling water for the their power plant complex. As an added byproduct, ...
Horseshoe Lake
(Illinois, USA)
2,400 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 ...
Kinkaid Lake
(Illinois, USA)
2,350 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. ...
Lake of Egypt
(Illinois, USA)
2,300 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 ...
Fox Lake
(Illinois, USA)
1,881 Fox Lake Pictures Fox Lake Message Forums 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 large and several smaller bodies of water including a stretch of the Fox River. The hydrologically connected chain of lakes, just south of the Wisconsin ...
Cedar Lake
(Illinois, USA)
1,750 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 ...
Pistakee Lake
(Illinois, USA)
1,716 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 ...
Grass Lake
(Illinois, USA)
1,360 Grass Lake Message Forums 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, recreational waterway in Illinois and is a destination for all outdoor enthusiasts. Water level control on the entire Fox River Chain O'Lakes is controlled ...
Lake Taylorville
(Illinois, USA)
1,286 Lake Taylorville Message Forums 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 was created by damming the south fork of the Sangamon River. With more than 50 miles of shoreline winding around the clear water, visitors will be awed ...
Lake Lou Yaeger
(Illinois, USA)
1,269 Lake Lou Yaeger Message Forums 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 alike. Built in 1966 for flood control, recreation and water supply, Lake Lou Yaeger has become a major focus of outdoor activities nearly year round. ...
Lake Glenn Shoals
(Illinois, USA)
1,250 Lake Glenn Shoals Message Forums 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 supply purposes but over the years the lake has become a popular recreational area and a great fishing destination. The lake and dam were improved ...
Lake Mattoon
(Illinois, USA)
1,065 Lake Mattoon Pictures Lake Mattoon Message Forums 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 is also a dynamic and lively location for the bustles of summer. Fishing tournaments, waterfowl hunting and sailboat races are some of the faster-paced ...
Little Grassy Lake
(Illinois, USA)
1,000 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 ...
East Fork Lake
(Illinois, USA)
934 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 ...
Wolf Lake
(Illinois, USA / Indiana, USA)
907 Wolf Lake Pictures Wolf Lake Message Forums 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 in Wolf Lake is so clear anglers can pick the fish they want to catch, and the fishing is so good it's worth a special trip to the "Windy City." Wolf ...
Evergreen Lake
(Illinois, USA)
900 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 Sara
(Illinois, USA)
840 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, ...


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