15 Best Lakes in Illinois

Sitting in the Great Lakes region of North America, Illinois is an extremely diverse state. It is home to massive metropolises like Chicago, flat prairie lands, rivers and highlands, as well as a plenty of wildlife species.

Illinois is a total of 150,000 square kilometres, with over 6,000 square kilometres of this being made up of water. Lake Michigan is the largest body of water in the state, though there are numerous smaller lakes found throughout it. Here are the 15 best lakes in Illinois.

1. Lake Shelbyville

Lake Shelbyville

This reservoir was created by the damming of the Kaskaskia River in Shelby County. It is a 45 square kilometre lake that is bordered by the Eagle Creek State Park and Wolf Creek State Park, as well as being home to five federal campgrounds.

Lake Shelbyville is managed by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, as it is surrounded by the Shelbyville State Fish and Wildlife Area. Its shoreline is heavily forested, with man-made beaches found closer to the dam area.

There is a multipurpose trail, equestrian trail, a number of golf courses and marinas surrounding the lake area. Lake Shelbyville is also renowned for its fishing, holding numerous tournaments throughout the year.

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