SOUTH MARCUM DAY USE, IL

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

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Overview

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

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.

Recreation:

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.

Facilities:

South Marcum Day Use Area Day Use Area features a large picnic shelter with tables, grills and drinking water. The shelter can accommodate up to 25 guests, 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.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Boat Ramp
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Biking
  • Birding
  • Dock
  • Drinking Water
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Playground
  • Trails
Within 10 Miles
  • Beach Access
  • Boat Rental
  • Fishing Supplies
  • Laundry
  • Marina
  • Swimming
  • Visitors Center
Know Before You Go
  • Off-road vehicle use must have prior approval


Firewood quarantines are in effect due to the spread of the destructive Emerald Ash Borer. Please purchase or gather firewood near your camping destination and do not remove firewood from the campground. Click here for more information.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

SOUTH MARCUM DAY USE
12220 REND CITY ROAD
BENTON  IL  62812-9803

Phone Number:

Information:  (618)724-2493