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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 multi-screen slide presentation, an interactive computer station, and a variety of additional exhibits invite you to learn more about the flora and fauna that inhabit the Rend Lake area. A 250-gallon aquarium showcases Rend Lake fish species, while a herpitat features live snake specimens. A wetland and wildlife demonstration garden are outdoor features of the Visitor Center. Be sure to see the working demonstration bee hive and get a first-hand look at a working honey factory.


Visitor Center Hours
Visitor Center Contact Information

April 1 thru May 21 Weekends only
10:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

May 26 thru September 3 Open daily
10:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

September 8 thru October 28 Weekends only
10:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

Rend Lake Project Office
11981 Rend City Road
Benton, IL 62812

Phone number: (618) 724-2483



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Information on this page may not be current and it is recommended that you contact the Rend Lake Corp of Engineers at 618-439-7430 for current information

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