Illinois Nature May 26, 2017
If You Didn’t Know About These 10 Swimming Holes In Illinois, You’ve Been Missing Out
Did you know the best places to take a dip in Illinois are its one-of-a-kind swimming holes? Many offer nearby camping and a wealth of scenic views you won’t soon forget.
Keep reading to uncover the swimming holes every Illinoisan needs to know.
1. Kinkaid Lake Spillway - 1 Spillway Rd. in Murphysboro
Locals love to traverse the rocky paths and winding trails to this amazing fresh water pool. It is located at the end of the lake and is perfect for swimming during the warm months.
2. Independence Grove - 16400 W Buckley Rd. in Libertyville
This beautiful oasis features 400 feet of sandy beach around the 115-acre lake. It is perfect for swimming and hiking, and is so gorgeous that couples often wed there.
3. Fish Lake Beach Camping Resort - 32223 US-12 in Volo
You'll love the shape of this watering hole. So named for its fish-like appearance, the hot spot allows you to camp near Six Flags, kayak, and swim in the outdoor pool. Pitch your tent right by the water and take a dip whenever you like.
4. Silver Springs State Park - 13608 Fox Rd. in Yorkville
Situated along the Fox River, this spring is so named for the way it sparkles in the sun. It contains a natural, spring-fed pool you can enjoy any time of year. Please note: While this area is usually open for kayaking and boating, swimming is not always allowed. Visit their
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5. Bork Falls - Ozark
Deep in the Shawnee National Forest along the Ohio River lies caves, bluffs, and wonders you've only before seen in your dreams. Take a dip in this waterfall swimming hole during the spring and summer months for an unforgettable experience.
6. Kayak Morris - 801 Kayak Morris Rd. in Morris
You can camp right on the beach at this cool spot. Access the lake anytime for swimming, kayaking, and more.
7. Rend Lake - Franklin and Jefferson counties
Locals love to spend time boating, fishing, and, of course, swimming at this beautiful lake. It is 13 miles long and three miles wide with many beaches and activities to explore.
8. Lake Le-Aqua-Na State Park - 8542 N Lake Rd. in Lena
This man-made lake is 40 acres large and contains the clearest water in all of Illinois. Float across the smooth surface or race from end to end while being surrounded by beauty.
9. Centennial Beach - 500 W. Jackson Ave. in Naperville
Once a limestone quarry, this swimming hole holds 6.2 million galons of water and goes as deep as 15 feet. The shallow end includes play areas with slides, jungle gyms, sand, and there are even diving boards.
10. Bell Smith Springs - Pope County near Eddyville
This lovely place actually contains many holes in which you can swim. It is part of the Shawnee National Forest and features sandstone cliffs, creeks, and eight miles of trails. The pools are most frequented during the spring and summer.
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