2. Lake of Egypt
Located in the Little Egypt region of , Lake of Egypt is stunning lake that is surrounded by trees and vacation homes. It was created in 1962 by the damming of the Saline River and is owned by the Southern Illinois Power Cooperative (SIPC).
Although it is a private lake, Lake of Egypt has public access where visitors can enjoy water skiing, jet skiing and swimming. Fishing is also popular here, as there are plenty of largemouth bass, bluegill, channel catfish and crappie living in the water.
The Shawnee National Forest sits on one side of the lake, offering camping facilities to those that want to enjoy the lake overnight.