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Outdoor sportsmen will find a haven of recreational activities at Rend Lake. With 18,900 acres of water and over 20,000 acres of land in Jefferson and Franklin counties, Rend Lake provides ample opportunities for hunting and fishing. Rend Lake is located between Mt. Vernon and Benton, just off interstate 57.
Rend Lake, being a relatively shallow reservoir, is quite productive for both sport and commercial fish. All species of fish common to southern Illinois can be found at Rend Lake; however, abundant and large crappie and channel catfish will delight any angler. Hybrid striped bass are also a popular catch and flathead catfish have become established generating considerable angler interest. A commercial fishing program is conducted each winter which allows the general public to purchase fresh buffalo, carp and other commercial species.