There’s Something Magical About These 13 Illinois Lakes In The Summer

Illinois has some gorgeous and scenic lakes. We even profiled some last summer. This year, we are highlighting some of our past favorites, as well as introducing you to some new lakes you might not know about. Whether you’re interested in fishing, boating, or swimming, there is a lake on this list that is perfect for you. Here are some of the best lakes in Illinois.

What do you think of this list of the best lakes in Illinois? What are your favorite Illinois lakes to spend your summer days at? Tell us in the comments!

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Best Lakes In Illinois

July 15, 2022

What is the largest lake in Illinois?

Bordering one of the five Great Lakes, Illinois’ largest lake is, of course, Lake Michigan! This gorgeous lake offers plenty of recreation from swimming to boating to fishing. Not to mention the beaches and the parks along its shoreline. 

Are there any waterfall swimming holes in Illinois?

Head to Ferne Clyffe State Park and take the Big Rocky Hollow Trail which leads to an intermittent waterfall. Below is a shallow pool that is perfect to cool off, although not deep enough for swimming. Giant’s Bathtub is a massive tiered waterfall at Matthiessen State Park. After your hike, feel free to cool off at the pool below the falls.

What lake has the clearest water in Illinois?

Some of the clearest water in Illinois can be found at Lake Le-Aqua-Na. It’s a man-made lake and crystal clear, perfect for swimming!