Rend Lake


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407.56 FEET
Full Pool: 405.0
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Rend Lake College earns 10-year accreditation from Higher Learning Commission

The Southern Illinoisan

Date: 12/12/2018 11:25:00 AM

INA — Rend Lake College announced Tuesday another 10 years of accreditation after the Higher Learning Commission found that the college met all five Criteria for Accreditation and their various

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26-0 run helps Lady Lakers top Rend Lake

Journal Gazette and Times Courier

Date: 12/9/2018 4:11:00 PM

INA — The Lake Land women's basketball team trailed Rend Lake Sunday in a Great Rivers Athletic Conference game, 24-13 with just under five minutes left in the half. That is when Lady Lakers

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Williamson County mine seeks permission to discharge water into Big Muddy River

The Southern Illinoisan

Date: 12/9/2018 6:00:00 AM

An application by the Pond Creek Mine, located in Williamson County about 14 miles south of the Rend Lake dam, to discharge waste water into the Big Muddy River is drawing criticism from local

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Sesser, IL woman arrested after burglary at Rend Lake Marina


Date: 12/7/2018 12:50:00 PM

The woman was arrested for burglary and theft after deputies responded to a burglary in progress at the Rend Lake Marina. (Source: Franklin Co. Sheriff's Office) (Long, James) BENTON, IL (KFVS) - A so

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Jefferson gives JWCC lift off bench in victory

Quincy Herald-Whig

Date: 11/24/2018 7:50:00 PM

I'm interested in the progress he can still make this season as we play into January and February." JwCC (5-2) led 71-62, and Rend Lake was still within striking distance, when Jefferson blocked a sho

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• Surface Area: 18,900 Acres
• Average Depth: 10 Feet
• Maximum Depth: 35 feet
Rend Lake is a 13 miles-long, 3 miles-wide southern Illinois reservoir in Franklin and Jefferson Counties near Benton, Illinois. The lake contains 18,900 acres of water, stores 185,000 acre feet 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 deep, but its average depth is closer to 9.7 feet. Its elevation is 405 feet above sea level.
Rend Lake is a reservoir, created when the United States Army Corps of Engineers dammed the Big Muddy River. The dam and lake were authorized in 1962, but the lake was not completely filled until March 1973.
The lakeshore of Rend Lake extends covers 162 miles, 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.
In 2010, Rend Lake was designated as an Important Bird Area of Illinois.
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