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Here are the 26 lakes we have listed within USA > Midwest > Illinois - compared by Largest Lakes - Water Volume.

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Lake Name Volume in acre-feet Lake Description
Lake Michigan-Huron
(Ontario, Canada / Great Lakes / Illinois, USA / Indiana, USA / Michigan, USA / Wisconsin, USA)
6,858,776,000 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)
3,987,456,000 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 ...
Lake Shelbyville
(Illinois, USA)
210,000 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 ...
Rend Lake
(Illinois, USA)
184,675 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. ...
Kinkaid Lake
(Illinois, USA)
78,500 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. ...
Crab Orchard Lake
(Illinois, USA)
57,800 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, ...
Little Grassy Lake
(Illinois, USA)
27,000 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 ...
Cedar Lake
(Illinois, USA)
25,000 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 ...
Devils Kitchen Lake
(Illinois, USA)
24,500 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 ...
Evergreen Lake
(Illinois, USA)
15,480 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 ...
Pistakee Lake
(Illinois, USA)
13,081 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 ...
East Fork Lake
(Illinois, USA)
12,460 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 ...
Lake Sara
(Illinois, USA)
12,007 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 Mattoon
(Illinois, USA)
11,820 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 ...
Governor Bond Lake
(Illinois, USA)
9,900 Governor Bond Lake Message Forums 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 top recreation in the area. Named for Illinois' first governor, Shadrach Bond, the lake is also known as Greenville New City Lake. The city of Greenville ...
Elizabeth Lake
(Illinois, USA / Wisconsin, USA)
6,900 Elizabeth Lake Pictures Elizabeth Lake Message Forums 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 and the Lake Michigan Region of Wisconsin, Elizabeth Lake is one of a pair of lakes along the Illinois-Wisconsin border that are often referred to ...
Holiday Shores Lake
(Illinois, USA)
6,610 Holiday Shores Lake Message Forums 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 offers 17 miles of pristine shoreline and endless outdoor recreation. Holiday Shores Lake, or Holiday Lake, as it is sometimes called, is a private ...
Lake Petersburg
(Illinois, USA)
4,310 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 Thunderbird
(Illinois, USA)
4,025 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 ...
Deep Lake
(Illinois, USA)
3,955 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 ...
Bangs Lake
(Illinois, USA)
3,324 Bangs Lake Message Forums Bangs Lake is a natural glacial lake located in northeastern Illinois' Lake County. Bangs Lake is surrounded by the developing northern suburbs of Chicago and found in the Chicagoland Tourism Region. A small portion of Bangs Lake's northern shore remains unincorporated, but the majority of the 306-acre ...
Lake Carlinville
(Illinois, USA)
2,110 Lake Carlinville Message Forums 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 for the City of Carlinville and the surrounding area. Built in 1939 the lake was the only lake in the area supplying water to the City of Carlinville ...
Crooked Lake
(Illinois, USA)
1,488 Crooked Lake Pictures Crooked Lake Message Forums 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 region, it is where nature's beauty meets good old fashioned American fun. Surrounded by the sprawling schemes of subdivisions and the wetlands, forest, ...
Third Lake and Druce Lake
(Illinois, USA)
790 Third Lake and Druce Lake Pictures Third Lake and Druce Lake Message Forums Also known as: Chittenden Lake and Second Lake
The Village of Third 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 after Alexander Druce who came from New York state to purchase property in 1844, was originally called 'Second Lake". Just west of Druce ...
Antioch Lake
(Illinois, USA)
468 Antioch Lake Message Forums 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 northeastern Illinois, Antioch Lake rests at the northern end of the Chicago Metropolitan Area and within Illinois' Chicagoland Tourism Region. Home to ...


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