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If it's recreational fun you're looking for you've come to just the right spot. Rend Lake offers an irresistible invitation to head outdoors and discover new experiences. Whether your calling is boating and fishing, hiking and biking or just plain kickin' back and relaxin', your recreational adventure starts the moment you arrive at beautiful Rend Lake!

With so many activities from which to choose it might be hard to decide just what to do first. Take advantage of guest information below to help you get started.

Camping Reservations
Simple and convenient reservations for the Rend Lake campgrounds or other Corps of Engineers campground sites across the USA are now available by contacting Recreation.gov at (877) 444-6777 / TTD (877) 833-6777 or for online reservations click here at www.Recreation.gov

Beach
Rend Lake's beach, located in the South Sandusky Day Use area, invites water recreationists of all ages. South Sandusky Beach is located on the west side of the lake, just off Rend City Road. New - the former North Marcum Beach is no longer a designated beach area. Instead it is a Boat-in Rest Area. Alcohol and pets are allowed in the North Marcum Boat-in Rest area. Pets must be restrained on a leash no longer than 6 feet in length.

Marina
The Rend Lake Marina is located on Rend City Road with fishing and pontoon boat rental. Boat repair services, slip rentals, winter boat storage, bait, and boat and personal watercraft sales and supplies are available. Call the Marina at (618) 724-7651 for more information. Or check out their web site at www.rendlakemarina.com or e-mail: rlmarina@midwest.net

Picnic Shelters
Ten picnic shelters, located around Rend Lake provide the perfect setting for family reunions, company picnics, graduation parties, etc. Shelters located in Corps of Engineers managed areas are available in advance through ReserveUSA's toll-free number for a fee of $25.00. Shelters that have not been reserved are available free of charge, on a first-come, first-served basis

Trails

Several trails at Rend Lake provide visitors an opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty of the area.

Rend Lake Bike Trail: A copy of the Rend Lake Bike Trail Map can be printed from our home page or picked up at the Rend Lake Project Office or Visitor Center.

Blackberry Nature Trail: This 3/4 mile self-guided trail is located along the Rend City Road between the entrance to the South Sandusky Beach and the South Sandusky Campground . Click here for a brochure.

Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park Trail: A one-mile trail through a scenic woodland, this trail begins at the picnic area at the state park.

Visitor Center
The Rend Lake Visitor Center, located at the east end of the Main Dam Road, is a great place to begin your visit to Rend Lake and learn about the exciting recreational opportunities available in the area. A a variety of exhibits invite you to learn more about the flora and fauna that inhabit the Rend Lake area. Aquariums showcase Rend Lake fish species and stream critters. Live snakes of the Rend Lake area are also featured. A demonstration wetland and wildlife garden are outdoor features of the Visitor Center. Be sure to check out the demonstration bee hive to get a close-up look at how nature's honey makers operate.

The Rend Lake Visitor Center Multipurpose room, can be rented for a cost of $100.00 per day. Call the Rend Lake Project Office at 618-724-2493 for more information.

Rend Lake - 2011 Recreation Area Schedule

Area Open Close Camping
Fee
Water/
Sewer
Reservations Long
Term
Electric Day Use Fee

North Sandusky
 
             
Pintail 25 Mar
30 Oct $16.00 N/A Yes No Yes N/A
Ringneck 25 Mar
30 Oct $16.00 N/A Yes No Yes N/A
Woodduck 25 Mar
30 Oct $16.00 $24.00 Yes No Yes N/A
Shagbark Group 25 Mar
30 Oct $100.00 N/A Yes

No

Yes N/A
Maple 16 Mar
18 Sep $16.00 N/A No Yes Yes N/A
Sweetgum 16 Mar
18 Sep $16.00 N/A No Yes Yes N/A
Hickory 25 Mar
30 Oct $16.00 N/A Yes No Yes N/A
White Oak 25 Mar
30 Oct $16.00 N/A Yes No Yes N/A
Boat Ramp 25 Mar 30 Oct Yes
Day Use 25 Mar 30 Oct Shelter 3, 4, 5 $25.00
 
             
South Sandusky  
 
Open
Close Camp Fee Wtr/Sewer Reservations Longtrm Electric DU Fee
Dogwood 1 Apr 30 Oct $16.00 $24.00 Yes N/A Yes N/A
Redbud
1 Apr
30 Oct $16.00 N/A Yes N/A Yes N/A
Pine Tree
1 Apr
30 Oct $16.00 $24.00 Yes N/A Yes N/A
Pin Oak
1 Apr
30 Oct $16.00 N/A No Yes Yes N/A
Sycamore
1-Apr
18-Sep $16.00 N/A

Yes

N/A Yes N/A
Tent Area 1 Apr 30 Oct $12.00 N/A Yes N/A No N/A
Boat Ramp
16 May
30 Oct Yes
Day Use
16-May
15-Sep Shelters 1 and 2 $25.00
Beach
16-May
15-Sep Yes
 
             
Area 
Open 
Close Camping Fee Full
Hookup 
Reservations  Long
Term
 
Electric  Day Use Fee

 
             

South Marcum

 
Open
Close Camp Fee Wtr/Sewer Reservations Longtrm Electric DU Fee
 
             
Owl's Roost
16 May
18 Sep $16.00 $24.00 yes No Yes N/A
Beaver Lodge
16 May
18 Sep $16.00 $24.00 No Yes Yes N/A
Buck Ridge 1 Apr 30 Oct $16.00 $24.00 yes No N/A

Covey Point

Tent sites

Double std

1 Apr 30 Oct

yes

 

yes

yes No

$16.00

$12.00

$32.00

N/A

Whispering Pines

Double premium

1 Apr 30 Oct

$16.00

 

$40.00

No No Yes $16.00 N/A
Dale Miller

1 Apr

20 May

16 May

$75.00-150

$75-150.00

$75 - 100.00

N/A yes No Yes N/A
Tent Area
1 Apr
30 Oct $12.00 N/A Yes No No N/A
Boat Ramp * Open Open yes
Day Use
1 Apr
30 Oct Shelter 9 no
 
             
Gun Creek
 
Open
Close Camp Fee Wtr/Sewer Reservations Longtrm Electric DU Fee
 
             
Night hawk
23 Mar
28 Nov N/A N/A Yes N/A
Bluejay
23 Mar
28 Nov N/A   N/A Yes N/A
Cardinal
23 Mar
28 Nov N/A N/A Yes N/A
Eagle
23 Mar
28 Nov N/A Yes Yes N/A
Day Use
1 Apr
30 Oct Shelter 10 Reservation fee $25.00
Boat Ramp
1 Apr
28 Nov
 
             
Area 
Open 
Close  Camping
Fee 
Full Hookup  Reservation  Long Term  Electric  Day Use Fee 

 
             
North Marcum
 
             
Day Use
13-May
15-Sep Shelter 7 and 8 $25.00
Boat Ramp Open Open Yes
Boat in Picnic 13-May 15-Sep N/A
Dam West *
1-Jan
31-Dec Shelter 6 Yes
Boat Ramp Open Open  
Jackie Branch *
1-Jan
31-Dec *subject to seasonal closure. No
Turnip Patch *
1-Jan
31-Dec *subject to seasonal closure. Yes
Ina *
1-Jan
31-Dec *subject to seasonal closure. Yes
West Gun Creek
1-Jan
31-Dec No
River Road
1-Apr
30 Oct N/A
Blackberry Trail
Open
Open N/A
North Marcum Bike Trail
1-Jan
*Bike trail will be closed to all non hunters during firearm deer seasons. N/A
Green Heron Trail 1-Apr
30 Oct N/A
Rend Lake Bike Trail
Open
*Bike trail will be closed to all non hunters during all firearm deer hunting seasons. N/A
Visitor Center

5 May Grand Opening Ceremony 10:30 a.m. Public invited

5 May - Year Round Monday - Friday Hours 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

28 May - 22 Oct Saturday and Sunday Hours 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

23 Oct 2011 - 1 April 2012 Closed weekends open weekdays only

To reserve the Rend Lake Visitor Center Multipurpose room call 618-724-2493. $100.00 reservation fee.

Call 618-724-2493 to reserve the Spillway Recreation area.