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Fishing opportunities within the Shawnee National Forest (Forest) are numerous. There are 11 lakes and 52 ponds and about a dozen of these ponds are actively managed. By actively managing these waterbodies the angler’s fishing experience is greatly improved.

Active management includes: Erosion control to reduce sedimentation and improve water quality, control and removal of nuisance vegetation by water level manipulation and mechanical removal, maintain the stability of the dams through the removal of woody vegetation and submergingstructures to provide habitat for fish and other aquatic life. These actions improve fish habitat and quality, but also improve access to the lake/pond and clear areas along the bank for fishing. Other improvements that have been made include creating parking areas, placing signs to identify pond locations and stocking with native species.

Whether you are alone or with friends and family, one of the best places to take in the sights and sounds of the Shawnee National Forest is along the bank of a pond or lake.  

Fishing Regulations

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) set the state fishing regulations.  While fishing in the Shawnee National Forest all anglers are required to follow State Fishing Guidelines and to obtain a state fishing license if applicable.

Boat Rental

Lake Glendale Recreation Area provides watercraft rentals including canoe, kayak, small rowboats and paddleboats. Go to Lake Glendale Concessionaire website for more information or call (618) 638-3246. 

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities