Rend Lake facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsRend Lake
|Location||Franklin / Jefferson counties, Illinois, U.S.|
|Primary inflows||Big Muddy River
|Primary outflows||Big Muddy River|
|Basin countries||United States|
|Max. length||13 miles (20.9 km)|
|Max. width||3 miles (4.8 km)|
|Surface area||18,900 acres (76.5 km2)|
|Average depth||10 feet (3.0 m)|
|Max. depth||35 feet (10.7 m)|
|Shore length1||162 miles (260.7 km)|
|Surface elevation||405 feet (123.4 m)|
|1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.|
Rend Lake is a 13-mile (20.9 km) long, 3-mile (4.8 km) wide reservoir located in Southern Illinois in Franklin and Jefferson Counties near the town of Benton. It contains 18,900 acres (76 km²) of water, stores 185,000 acre feet (228,000,000 m3) of water, and supplies over 15 million gallons of water per day to 300,000 persons in over 60 communities. The reservoir is up to 35 feet (10.7 m) deep, but its average depth is closer to 9.7 feet (3.0 m). Its elevation is 405 feet (123.4 m) above sea level.
The shoreline of Rend Lake extends 162 miles (261 km), part of which is preserved as Wayne Fitzgerrell State Recreation Area. Swimming beaches at North Marcum and South Sandusky are managed and maintained by the US Army Corps of Engineers. An adjacent Illinois Artisans Shop & Visitors Center is part of the Illinois State Museum system and is operated by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (this facility is currently closed due to the lack of funding from the state).
In 2010, Rend Lake was designated as an Important Bird Area of Illinois.
|Species Name||Avg. Weight||Avg. Length|
|Largemouth Bass||3-5 Lbs.||17–22 in|
|Crappie||0.5-1.5 Lbs.||6–12 in|
|Bluegill||0.5-1.0 Lbs.||6–10 in|
|Channel Catfish||10-20 Lbs.||25–35 in|
|Flathead Catfish||15-30 Lbs.||30–38 in|
|Blue catfish||15-35 Lbs.||30–40 in|
|Carp||9-19 Lbs.||20–35 in|
|White bass||2-4 Lbs.||15–20 in|
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