Dust off your Sea legs...

and boat across the best lakes in Southern Illinois! Whether you have a 10 horse power boat or a pontoon, we have just the lake for you! 


Lake of egypt

Lake of Egypt is a reservoir located six miles south of Marion and covers 2,300 acres woth 90 miles of shoreline. The lake is owned by the SIPC, to supply cooling water for a coal burning electric power plant.

Devil's Kitchen

Devil’s Kitchen lake is and 810 acre lake with a 24 mile shoreline and a maximum depth of 90 feet. It is stocked with rainbow and brown trout, largemouth bass, bluegill, sunfish, crappie, channel catfish, bullheads, and carp. Boats have a 10-horsepower limit.

Little grassy

Little Grassy Lake Campground & Marina sits on Little Grassy Lake, located inside Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge.  It offers boating and fishing opportunities for bass, crappie, catfish, and bluegill. Where 1,000 acres of crystal clear water , 4 miles long, 1 mile wide, up to 60 feet deep and 31 miles of wooded rocky shoreline create the most scenic lake in southern  Illinois.

Cedar Lake

Five minutes south of Carbondale is the city reservoir, Cedar Lake a 1,750-acre reservoir in Southern Illinois that was created by the damming of Cedar Creek, a tributary of the Big Muddy River in 1974. The lake is located in Jackson County, southwest of Carbondale and accessible from U.S. Highway 51.

horseshoe lake

Located in Alexander County just east of Illinois Route 3, 7 miles north of Cairo, the 10,200 acre area includes a 2,400 acre shallow lake. With its large stands of beautiful trees around its 20 mile shoreline, Horseshoe Lake is a beautiful body of water. Since 1930, when a concrete, fixed spillway was constructed, the lake has maintained a constant four-foot depth

Lake Murphysboro

With its gentle hills and shady shores, Lake Murphysboro is a popular retreat for bank fishing. No matter what form of fishing one prefers, anglers will appreciate the variety of fish available: largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, channel catfish and crappie. The outboard motor limit is 10 hp.


Fort Massac State Park

Boating and fishing are permitted on and along the Ohio River. Anglers will find bullhead, carp, catfish, crappie, drum and largemouth bass. The boat dock and launch ramp easy river access.

Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge

Boating is a popular activity on the refuge. Individuals wishing to get out on the water may bring their own boats or consider renting a boat.

Kinkaid Lake

Four boat ramps and a full-service marina are available. No motor restrictions apply, but 50 M.P.H. daytime and 25 M.P.H. sunset to sunrise speed limits are enforced.

For more details about Kinkaid Lake, contact nearby Lake Murphysboro State Park

Mermet Lake

Mermet Lake is a shallow, 452-acre, IDNR-owned impoundment located in Massac County approximately 10 miles north of Metropolis. The outboard motor limit is 10 hp, but boats with larger outboards are allowed to operate at no-wake speed. Mermet Lake is closed to fishing during the duck season.


golconda Marina

Right on the Ohio River, One of the finest fishing and boating areas in the nation, this marina is the gateway to the Ohio River’s Smithland Pool, constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The 619-acre full-service boat marina has more than 200 slips.

Glen O Jones Lake

The lake contains a variety of fish including largemouth bass, bluegill, redear, crappie and channel catfish. One boat launch ramp, two docks are available, and the concession stand offers boat rentals. The motor limit is 10 HP.

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