The season is getting into full swing at Rend Lake!
This recreational year promises to be a great one for several reasons. First and foremost to this guy: the crappie fishing is ready to get hot. On April 8, the water temperature was approaching sixty degrees in Marcum Neck area. With the recent rains, the lake level is just a little higher the 410 feet above sea level mark.
This means there will be a limitless supply of perfect water in the buck brush areas and shoreline wood that that line the lake coves and points. As the lake temperatures pass the sixties and head for the seventy degree range, crappie will head into spawning and feeding areas and crappie fishing should be fantastic. Bass fishing and channel catfish will follow in intensity. With flowers and buds blooming and trees starting to leaf out, the entire natural area is showing off its spring splendor.
Folks at the Lake Cove Resort complex, also just off the same exit 77, are gearing up for a great event coming to the lake. Crappie Masters will be holding a qualifying tournament on Rend on May 16 as part of their All American Tournament Trail. This solidifies Rend Lake as one of the premier crappie destinations in the region.
Area motels and staff are gearing up and anticipating a great season. Rend Lake Resort, right on the lake shore offers lodging right at water's edge. A great location for meetings, events and even weddings. The Resort is also planning some major improvements this summer.
The Rend Lake Golf course just off I-57 at exit 77 received rain at just the right time -- before heavy play and just as the soil was warming for good grass revitalization. It is just a super venue with its twenty-seven challenging and picturesque holes.
With plenty of rooms and 750 great campsites on the lake, Rend Lake offers an entire range of ways to stay and things to experience. It is fantastic boating, there’s plenty of land for hiking and hunting (right now, gobblers are strutting), and twenty-two miles of bike trails to get you into the outdoors on a fine, well-maintained surface right through some of the lake’s most pristine areas.
A couple of special activities beside the events that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers staff host on selected weekends are going to be featured this summer. The annual July 4th celebration on the east side of the dam is going to be expanded into a new Bluegill Fest, with over twenty bands, and a huge fireworks display on the Saturday holiday. After the fireworks, the Eli Young Band will finish off a day of food, drinks, and fireworks with a great show.
Another annual event is the 2015
Wine & Art Festival Saturday and Sunday, September 27 and 27th. This celebration includes two fantastic days of wines, high-quality arts and crafts with some great food and music thrown in. There is even beer available for non-wine fans. The spacious venue is next to the Southern Illinois Art & Artisans Center, also right off Interstate 57, exit 77. Folks need to get their reservations in early for lodging in the nearby area or camping in the Gun Creek Campground just past the adjacent Rend Lake Golf Course.
Of course, the main attraction for the summer is the lake itself, which lends itself to great water sports fun in its vast center and south area and quiet getaway waters in its no-wake coves and northern and northeastern ranges. The fantastic public beach on the southwest corner of the lake near the full service Rend Lake Marina is a great attraction. Rend Lake was voted one of Illinois’ Seven Wonders in 2007 and nothing has changed to take away that recognition. Come join the fun at one of the regions finest recreational destinations!
article by Tom Vaughn