Lakes in Illinois

When you think "Illinois", you probably think "Chicago", the Windy City - home of the Chicago Bears, the Sears Tower and the world's largest public library. But Illinois has more to offer than urban excitement. It's also home to a remarkable number of beautiful lakes.

Lake Michigan, the third largest Great Lake and the sixth largest freshwater lake on earth, abuts two Illinois counties, Lake and Cook. And there are a number of large, notable lakes within the state as well, including Lake Shelbyville, Lake Springfield and the Carlyle Reservoir.

Of course, all Illinois lakes aren't as grand. Small lakes with fair to good water quality, such as Devil's Kitchen Lake and the eleven lakes of Fox Chain O'Lakes, also enrich the landscape, much to the delight of outdoor lovers, particularly lake enthusiasts.

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Featured lakes in Illinois

Argyle Lake

Argyle Lake is located wholly within the Argyle Lake State Park. This lake is located in western Illinois in McDonough County. The popular activities on this lake are boating and fishing. There are also numerous camping sites located in the park.

Lake Clinton

Lake Clinton in Clinton Lake State Recreation Area just three miles outside Clinton, Illinois, is a fishing hot spot. It has large populations of bass, bluegill, catfish, and walleye, and the fish are always biting. Lake Clinton has several piers, one (Valley Mill Bank Fishing Area) that is handicapped accessible. The recreation area also offers hunting, hiking, camping and wildlife observation opportunities.

Fuller Lake

Fuller Lake is located on the Illinois River in the Fuller Lake Management Area. Although water in the area is one contiguous body, it's divided into three sections, Fuller Lake, Upper Swan Lakes and Beaver Pond. Boat access is available at both Fuller Lake and Hadley Landing. The lake's large number of shorebirds makes it an excellent spot for bird watchers. In autumn, Bald Eagles can also be seen there, fishing the Illinois River.


Popular Illinois lakes

Argyle Lake
Bangs Lake
Buffalo Lake
Carlyle Reservoir
Fox Lake
Fuller Lake
Galena Lake
Heidecke Lake
Horseshoe Lake
Kinkaid Lake
Lake Clinton
Lake Decatur
Lake Glenn Shoals
Lake Matton
Lake of Egypt
Lake Shelbyville
Lake Springfield
Lake Taylorville
Meredosia Lake
Peoria Lake
Rend Lake
Sangchris Lake
Vandalia Lake
Wonder Lake


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