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Lake Information for Cedar Lake


Cedar Lake is an artificial impoundment constructed for the purpose of water supply for the City of Carbondale. Approximately 50% of the shoreline is owned by the U.S. Forest Service. The Lake receives moderate to heavy fishing pressure and is popular with Missouri anglers from Cape Girardeau and the St. Louis Metropolitan area.

Cedar Lake is 1750 acres in size and has a maximum depth of 40 feet with an average depth of 14 feet. Storage of the lake is 25,000 acre-feet of water. The shoreline length is 30 miles. Water clarity can range from six inches to 20 feet.

Facilities and Parks: 

The city of Carbondale operates a parking lot, swimming beach, and boat dock at Cedar Lake. An admission fee is charged. The boat power limit is 10 horsepower or less. The nearest interstate exit is Exit 30 on Interstate 57.

Fishing Description: 

Cedar Lake is managed for bass and crappie fishing. It was described in 2007 as receiving "moderate to heavy" fishing pressure from the recreationally active people of southern Illinois anad southeast Missouri.

Fishing Tips, Tactics, How-To info: 

Fishing for Carp is best May through October in the shallow shorelines.

Fishing for Channel Catfish is best June through August. Try the upper creek channels and along the dam.

Crappie fishing is best in March and April in the standing timber and brush.

Largemouth bass fishing is also best in March and April around the coves and points.

Channel Catfish
Largemouth Bass
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Businesses Located Nearby

Boat Rental

    Lakeside Boat & Motors
  • 2501 S 10th - Mt Vernon, IL
  • (618) 242-2600
    Ridings Auto Trim
  • 1912 Walnut St - Murphysboro, IL
  • (618) 687-1246

Vacation Rental

Bar and Restaurant

    Callihans Irish Pub
  • 760 E Grand Ave - Carbondale, IL
  • (618) 529-5494

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