Rend Lake


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408.51 FEET
Full Pool: 405.0
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Taste | Culinary classes aim to help with healthy living

The Southern Illinoisan

Date: 9/12/2018 10:30:00 AM

INA – Four culinary-themed classes offered through Rend Lake College’s Community and Corporate Education Division will prepare attendees for a healthy diet this fall. Interested participants

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Peoria High Wins Open tournament on Rend Lake

Date: 9/10/2018 8:27:00 PM

Peoria High Wins Open tournament on Rend Lake Peoria High School team won the 2018 FLW High School Fishing Rend Lake Open tournament Whittington, Ill. (Sept. 10, 2018) – The Peoria High School duo of

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RLC offering gun training classes in Fall 2018


Date: 9/10/2018 10:09:00 AM

INA, IL (KFVS) - Rend Lake College is offering an array of gun training classes for Fall 2018. There is a basic reloading class on November 5 and December 3. A Hunter safety coarse on September 21 and

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Remembering long-time former RLC coach


Date: 9/9/2018 8:50:00 PM

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ill. -- Coaches, players and family members honored long time Rend Lake College coach, Hummer Waugh. Rend Lake College hosted a celebration of life Sunday afternoon to honor the form

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Passing of a Legend


Date: 9/6/2018 1:10:00 AM

Jim "Hummer" Waugh passed away Tuesday morning in Terre Haute, Indiana. He was 81. For years, Waugh was at the center of just about everything athletically at Rend Lake College. He coached numerous sp

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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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