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Here are the 35 lakes we have listed within USA > Midwest > Illinois - compared by Newest (Youngest) Reservoirs.

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Lake Name Completion year Lake Description
Evergreen Lake
(Illinois, USA)
1995 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 ...
Clinton Lake
(Illinois, USA)
1978 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 Glenn Shoals
(Illinois, USA)
1978 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 Galena
(Illinois, USA)
1975 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 ...
Lake Carroll
(Illinois, USA)
1974 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 ...
Rend Lake
(Illinois, USA)
1973 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)
1972 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 Shelbyville
(Illinois, USA)
1971 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 ...
East Fork Lake
(Illinois, USA)
1970 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 Thunderbird
(Illinois, USA)
1970 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 ...
Fyre Lake
(Illinois, USA)
1969 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 ...
Governor Bond Lake
(Illinois, USA)
1968 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 ...
Lake Iroquois
(Illinois, USA)
1968 Lake Iroquois Message Forums 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 have repeated every Saturday since they moved into their home on Iroquois Lake. His wife packs them a picnic, and the fishermen hit the water. After ...
Carlyle Lake
(Illinois, USA)
1967 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 ...
Lake Wildwood
(Illinois, USA)
1967 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 ...
Little Swan Lake
(Illinois, USA)
1967 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 ...
Lake Lou Yaeger
(Illinois, USA)
1966 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. ...
Holiday Shores Lake
(Illinois, USA)
1965 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 ...
Forbes Lake
(Illinois, USA)
1963 Forbes Lake Message Forums 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. Stephen A. Forbes Lake, named for the world renowned natural scientist, has great fishing, beautiful water and abundant recreation opportunities. The ...
Happy Hollow Lake
(Illinois, USA)
1963 Happy Hollow Lake Pictures Happy Hollow Lake Message Forums 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 close by is another lake, Happy Hollow Lake 2, which is 15 acres. The two lakes are part of a small community that is maintained by the Happy Hollow ...
Lake Petersburg
(Illinois, USA)
1963 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 of Egypt
(Illinois, USA)
1962 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 ...
Devils Kitchen Lake
(Illinois, USA)
1959 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 ...
Lake Wee-Ma-Tuk
(Illinois, USA)
1959 Lake Wee-Ma-Tuk Message Forums 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 development containing more than 40 lakes in Illinois' Western tourism region. Fulton County, Illinois, home of Lake Wee-Ma-Tuk, lies between ...
Lake Mattoon
(Illinois, USA)
1958 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 ...


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