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Kinkaid Lake

Kinkaid Lake, located five (5) miles north of Murphysboro, Illinois and 100 miles southeast of St. Louis, Missouri provides 2,750 acres of recreational waters with an average depth of 39 feet. Ownership of the land surrounding the lake is divided among the Kinkaid-Reed's Creek Conservancy District, which administers 300 acres; the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, which manages approximately 4,000 acres; and the U.S. Forest Service, which oversees 5,000 acres.

Boating, fishing, hunting, hiking and camping are available at Kinkaid Lake and the Kinkaid Lake State Wildlife Area.


The most sought after fish in this lake include bluegill, crappie, largemouth bass, walleye, muskie and catfish.

Although Kinkaid Lake is well known for its muskie population, it has an unusually high population of channel catfish that are often overlooked.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Division of Fisheries offers "Spear/Bow and Arrow" and "Hook-and-Line" Sport-Fishing Awards to recognize anglers for fish caught in Illinois' waters. (Click link on the bottom right for details.)


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    Kinkaid Lake Illinois Coordinates:
37.8031N -89.4501W
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Lake Type:
Surface Area:
2,750 acres
Maximum Depth:
62 ft
567 ft
Normal Water Clarity:
3-6 ft
Major City:
St. Louis, MO
St. Louis, MO


Kinkaid Lake welcomes all boat and motor types and sizes. Although a 50 m.p.h. speed limit is enforced during the day and a 25 m.p.h. speed limit from sunset to sunrise, there are many no wake areas on this lake. Boater must abide the buoys.

Four public boat launch ramps are available around the lake, and a full-service marina is also available.


There are no camping facilities available around Kinkaid Lake because camping is not allowed on IDNR property. However, camping facilities managed by the U.S. Forest Service are available at the Kinkaid-Reed's Creek Conservancy District and Johnson Creek Recreation Area near the Kinkaid Village Marina. Many more campgrounds are available at Lake Murphysboro State Park, which is less than five miles from Kinkaid Lake.

Please consult the Lake Resource Guide for information on lodging and events in the area.


The closest major city to Kinkaid Lake is St. Louis, MO, which is about 100 miles from the lake. Nearby cities and towns, each with its own unique offerings, include: Murphysboro, Carbondale, Belleville, Herrin, Waterloo and Mt. Vernon. Kinkaid Lake flows through parts of Jackson County.

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