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Lake Information for Lake of Egypt


Lake of Egypt is a man-made lake in the Little Egypt region of the U.S. state of Illinois. It is located six miles (10 km) south of Marion, Illinois and covers 2,300 acres (9 kmĀ²) with 90 miles (145 km) of shoreline. The lake has an average depth of 18 feet (5.5 m) with a maximum depth of 52 feet (15.8 m). The lake is owned by the Southern Illinois Power Cooperative (SIPC), who created the impoundment in 1962, by damming the South fork of the Saline River, to supply cooling water for a coal-burning electric power plant.

As a privately owned lake it is subject to regulation by its owners and the state. Terms of use from the SIPC are in the "Official Lake of Egypt Rules and Regulations". Public access is allowed as are all size boat motors.

Fishing Description: 

Fishing includes Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Channel Catfish, Striped Bass, and Crappie.

Fishing Tips, Tactics, How-To info: 

Largemouth bass fish is best in March and April in the weed beds and brush.

Crappie fishing is best in the spring and fall among the brush and stick-ups.

Channel Catfish
Largemouth Bass
Striped Bass
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Businesses Located Nearby

Bait & Tackle

    Shawnee Bait & Tackle
  • 16161 Ralls Grove Rd - Creal Springs, IL
  • (618) 996-3089
    Cooksey's Marine Sales & Bait
  • 7832 Old Route 13 - Marion, IL
  • (618) 993-3366

Boat Rental

    Lake of Egypt Marina
  • 12024 Laguna Dr - Marion, IL
  • (618) 964-1821
    Lakeside Boat & Motors
  • 2501 S 10th - Mt Vernon, IL
  • (618) 242-2600

Vacation Rental

    Ferne Clyffe State Park
  • Rte. 37 - Goreville, IL
  • (618) 995-2411
    Holiday Inn Express Paducah Hotel
  • 3994 Hinkleville Rd - Paducah, KY
  • (877) 786-9480
    Comfort Inn
  • 2600 W Main St - Marion, IL

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