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  Kinkaid Lake - State Fish & Wildlife Area  

   
South Region

52 Cinder Hill Drive
Murphysboro, IL 62966
618.684.2867
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lake view
Boating Fishing Natural Features
Camping Hunting Picnicking
Directions Lake Murphysboro Site Map
   

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.

Natural Features

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.

Picnicking

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

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.

Fishing

The lake offers fishing for largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, catfish, walleye and muskie.

Hunting

Statewide regulations govern hunting at the site. Species available are deer, turkey, squirrel, quail, rabbit, dove and waterfowl. For more information: Hunter Fact Sheet

Boating

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.

Directions

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 conflicts.
  • 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.

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