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
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.
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
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.
Kinkaid Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area
is located in Jackson County on the north side of Rt. 149, approximately
2 miles west of Murphysboro. From Rt. 13, 127, and 149 junction, take
Rt. 149 west 2 miles to the entrance of Lake Murphysboro State Park/Kinkaid
Lake. From Rt. 3, take 149 east approximately 5 miles to the entrance
of Lake Murphysboro State Park/Kinkaid Lake.
- While groups of 25 or
more are welcome and encouraged to use the park's facilities, they are required
to register in advance with the site office to avoid crowding or scheduling
- At least one responsible
adult must accompany each group of 15 minors.
- Pets must be kept on
leashes at all times.
- Actions by nature can
result in closed roads and other facilities. Please call ahead to the park
office before you make your trip.
- We hope you enjoy your
stay. Remember, take only memories, leave only footprints.
- For more information
on tourism in Illinois, call the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community
Affairs' Bureau of Tourism at 1-800-2Connect.
- Telecommunication Device
for Deaf and Hearing Impaired Natural Resources Information (217) 782-9175
for TDD only Relay Number 800-526-0844.