Located in southwestern Illinois' Jackson County, Kinkaid Lake is approximately 5 miles north of Murphysboro and 100 miles southeast of St. Louis.
Built in 1968, the lake encompasses 2,750 acres. Ownership of the surrounding land is divided among the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, which manages approximately 4,000 acres, the U.S. Forest Service, which administers 5,000 acres, and Kinkaid-Reed's Creek Conservancy District, which oversees 300 acres.
Topography varies from sandstone bluff formations to rolling hills surrounding the lake where oaks and hickories predominate. Numerous flat contours are planted with prairie grasses, cool-season grasses and wildlife food plots. Kinkaid Lake Spillway Falls is one of the prettiest waterfalls in the state.
Picinic tables, shelters, charcoal grills and restroom facilities are provided at Johnson Creek Recreation Area and Paul Ice Recreation Area, which also has playground equipment.
Camping is permitted by the U.S. Forest Service, Kinkaid-Reed's Creek Conservancy District and at Johnson Creek Recreation Area at Kinkaid Village Marina who can be reached at: (618) 687-4914. Camping is not allowed on DNR property.
The lake offers fishing for largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, catfish, walleye and muskie.
Statewide regulations govern hunting at the site. Species available are deer, turkey, squirrel, quail, rabbit, dove and waterfowl. For more information: Hunter Fact Sheet
Four boat ramps and a full-service marina are available. No motor restrictions apply, but 50 M.P.H. daytime and 25 M.P.H. sunset to sunrise speed limits are enforced.
For more details about Kinkaid Lake, contact nearby Lake Murphysboro State Park, 52 Cinder Hill Drive, Murphysboro, IL 62966, phone (618) 684-2867 or fax (618) 687-1220.
Pet Friendly Notes
Pets must be kept on leashes at all times.