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part ofRend Lake, US Army Corps of Engineers
Status: Open through Sun Sep 13 2015   Season Dates


North Marcum Day Use Area sits along the banks of Rend Lake in the heart of southern Illinois.

Plenty of shade and a large sandy boat-in area, make this day use area desirable for a day on scenic Rend Lake.

Natural Features:

Completed in the early 1970s, Rend Lake is a dam project that was built to provide dependable water supplies to nearby counties. Since then, the dam and lake have become a natural haven for fish and wildlife as well as a recreational haven for more than 3 million visitors each year.

Rend Lake consists of 18,900 acres of water and 20,000 acres of land. Surrounded by hills, prairies and bottomlands, the scenery at the lake never disappoints.


Rend Lake is a relatively shallow reservoir, filled with countless native species of fish, making it an ideal angling destination. Abundant and large crappie and channel catfish are especially popular, along with hybrid striped bass and flathead catfish.

Birding is a popular pastime at the park, and the area provides the ideal habitat for a diverse range of bird species.

The Rend Lake Bike Trail offers opportunities for hiking and biking, along with the nearby Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park, which also offers horseback riding.

The lake has earned the reputation of being one of the best waterfowl hunting areas in the state for both ducks and geese. There are also plenty of opportunities for archery and firearm deer hunting at higher elevations. Another popular attraction is the annual controlled pheasant hunt held at Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park.

Ranger-led educational programs are available at the Rend Lake Visitor Center. Boat rentals are also available at the Rend Lake Marina.


North Marcum Day Use Area Day Use Area features two large picnic shelters with tables, grills and drinking water.

The shelters can accommodate up to 75 guests each, and the area has a boat ramp, playground and dock all within walking distance.

Nearby Attractions:

Golf courses, shopping and a resort are all located within a few miles. Several overnight campgrounds are also located nearby.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Boat Ramp
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Biking
  • Birding
  • Boat-In Sites
  • Dock
  • Drinking Water
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Playground
  • Safety Programs
  • Showers
  • Swimming
  • Trails
  • Trash Collection
Within 10 Miles
  • Boat Rental
  • Fishing Supplies
  • Laundry
  • Marina
  • Visitors Center
Know Before You Go
  • Off-road vehicle use must have prior approval
  • Daily fees apply for boat ramp use
  • Don't Move Firewood: Protect your forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. Visit Dontmovefirewood.org for further information.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
38.05694, -88.95111
38°3'25"N, 88°57'4"W

From I-57 exit 77- go west on IL Route 154 for .25 miles. Turn left onto Gun Creek Trail. Go south 3 miles to Marcum Branch Road. Turn right on Marcum Branch Road. Go 1.5 miles to park entrance.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

BENTON  IL  62812-9803

Phone Number:

Information:  (618)724-2493
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