Kinkaid is a 2,750 acres body of water located in the Shawnee Hills
region of southwestern Illinois. The lake was built in 1968 and
ownership of the surrounding land is divided among the Illinois
Department of Natural Resources, the U.S. Forest Service and the
Kinkaid-Reed's Creek Conservancy District. Topography around the lake
varies from sandstone bluff formations to rolling hills where oaks and
hickories predominate. Numerous flat contours are planted with prairie
grasses, cool-season grasses and wildlife food plots. The lake attracts
anglers because of its abundance of game fish. With over 90 miles of
shoreline, water depths to 75 feet, and an abundance of gizzard shad and
spotted suckers, Kinkaidís game fish grow quickly due to the nearly
year-round growing season. Natural strain muskellunges were first
stocked at Kinkaid in 1985, and the lake began producing 40" fish by
1990. Other game fish that can be caught are big walleye, bass,
crappies, and white bass. Four boat ramps are available to the public
with a full-service marina available. No horsepower restrictions apply,
although numerous no-wake areas exist on the lake.
Picnic tables, shelters, charcoal grills and restroom facilities are
provided at Johnson Creek Recreation Area and Paul Ice Recreation Area,
which also has playground equipment. Camping is permitted by the U.S.
Forest Service, Kinkaid-Reed's Creek Conservancy District, and at
Johnson Creek Recreation Area at Kinkaid Village Marina. Camping is not
allowed on DNR property.