US Army Corps of Engineers
St. Louis District

Rend Lake Links



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 at (877) 444-6777 / TTD (877) 833-6777 or for online reservations click here at

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.

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 or e-mail:

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 can be reserved for a fee of $25.00 per day by visiting or by calling their toll-free number at 1-877-444-6777. Shelters that have not been reserved are available free of charge, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Rend Lake Shelter Information

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

Rend Lake Bike Trail: Sections of this 20.6 mile multi-use National Recreation Trail meander through forest, field, and wetland to give the user a panoramic view of Rend Lake. For your safety, please wear a helmet while riding! This trail is closed to non-hunters during all firearm deer seasons. Watch the trail entrances for closure notices. 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.

Bike Trail Map

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.

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.

The Spillway Group Area offers 10 acres for company picnics, weddings, church gatherings, family reunions and many other outdoor events. The area includes a shelter (250 capacity), an amphitheater (250 capacity), and a gazebo shelter (30 capacity), along with restroom facilities and nearby parking. Reserve this area for a fee of $100.00 per day by visiting or by calling their toll-free number at 1-877-444-6777.

Spillway Event Area Map