Rend Lake


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405.60 FEET
Full Pool: 405.0
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Prep Boys Basketball | Zeigler-Royalton's Mitchell left lasting impression in BDC

The Southern Illinoisan

Date: 9/12/2020 4:59:00 AM

Mitchell was recruited hard by local community colleges John A. Logan and Rend Lake and chose Logan in the end. "I had some good games, but looking back, I might have gotten more playing time if I

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Local resident urges community to help save aquatic center


Date: 9/10/2020 3:34:00 PM

Not everyone agrees with the Rend Lake College Board, as they plan to turn their aquatic center into a conference center. Edith Gostowski says the pool is important to senior citizens in the community

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Rend Lake College Board seeks to repurpose aquatic center


Date: 9/9/2020 4:03:00 PM

The Rend Lake College Board of Trustees is seeking to re-purpose the aquatic center into a conference center. In response, a meeting was held this afternoon to discuss how to save the pool. Another

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Lake Land College among rural colleges chosen for apprenticeship expansion grant


Date: 9/8/2020 6:00:00 AM

Rend Lake College and partners, Lake Land College and Illinois Eastern Community Colleges in Olney,, have been chosen as a recipient of the 2019-2020 Apprenticeship Expansion Grant

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Herrin American Legion installs sixth mural in Herrin Mural Initiative

The Southern Illinoisan

Date: 9/7/2020 12:30:00 PM

The mural is the sixth completed as part of the Herrin Chamber of Commerce Mural Initiative, a program designed to help promote the culture and heritage of the city and

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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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