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Lake-of-Egypt is a man-made lake located in the Little Egypt area of southern Illinois. It is approximately six miles south of the city of Marion and 8 miles north of Vienna on Route 45. Considered one of southern Illinois finest fishing lakes, Lake of Egypt covers 2,300 acres of clear, deep water that's also great for boating and water skiing. The lake has 90 miles shoreline with an average depth of 18 feet. 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. Lake of Egypt offers Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Channel Catfish, Striped Bass and Crappie. All size motor boats are allowed on the lake and jet skis are also permitted on most of the lake. There are three, full-service marinas at Lake Egypt. Cabins are found around the lake and camping is available in the Shawnee National Forest at Buck Ridge Campground. The Shawnee National Forest also offers hiking, picnicking, fishing, rock climbing and rappelling, wildlife viewing and is a wonderful example of glacial geology.

Surrounding areas: Marion, Illinois (7.5 mi), Makanda, Illinois (15.3 mi), Carbondale, Illinois (15.7 mi), Alto Pass, Illinois (20.1 mi)

Lake of Egypt Vacation Rentals

Lake of Egypt Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Comfort Inn2600 W MainMarion, IL7.3 mi.(618) 993-6221
Comfort Suites Marion2608 W MainMarion, IL7.3 mi.(618) 997-9133
Holiday Inn Express400 Comfort DrMarion, IL7.3 mi.(618) 998-1220
Best Western Airport InnRt 8Marion, IL7.4 mi.(618) 993-3222
Econo Lodge1806 Bittle PlceMarion, IL7.4 mi.(618) 993-1644
Days Inn Marion1802 Bittle PLMarion, IL8.1 mi.(618) 997-1351
Motel 61008 Halfway RdMarion, IL8.1 mi.(618) 993-2631
Super 8 Motel Marion2601 W Deyoung StMarion, IL8.1 mi.(618) 993-5577
Americas Best Inns2700 W DeyoungMarion, IL8.2 mi.(618) 997-9421
Drury Inn Marion2706 W DeyoungMarion, IL8.2 mi.(618) 997-9600
Hampton Inn2710 W Deyoung StMarion, IL8.2 mi.(618) 998-9900
Fairfield Inn & Suites By Marriott1400 Halfway RdMarion, IL8.3 mi.(618) 993-3011
Ramada Inn801 N Giant City RdCarbondale, IL12.3 mi.(618) 351-6611
Giant City State Park Lodge And CabinsMakanda, IL13.7 mi.(618) 457-4836
Limited Inn709 E VineVienna, IL14.5 mi.(618) 658-6300
Best Inns Of America Carbondale1345 E MainCarbondale, IL14.7 mi.(618) 529-4801
Comfort Inn1415 E Main StCarbondale, IL14.7 mi.(618) 549-4244
Hampton Inn2175 Reed Station PkwyCarbondale, IL14.8 mi.(618) 549-6900
Heritage Motel1209 W Main StCarbondale, IL14.8 mi.(618) 457-4142
Holiday Inn2300 Reed Station PkwyCarbondale, IL14.8 mi.(618) 549-2600
Super 8 Motel Carbondale1180 E Main StCarbondale, IL14.8 mi.(618) 457-8822
Budget Inn Motel ViennaRt 146 & I-24Vienna, IL14.9 mi.(618) 658-2802
Holiday Inn Carbondale800 E Main StCarbondale, IL15.3 mi.(618) 529-1100
Comfort Inn Carbondale141 E MainCarbondale, IL15.7 mi.(618) 519-4244
America's Best Value Inn1001 Factory Outlet BlvdWest Frankfort, IL18.9 mi.(618) 932-2171
Gray Plaza Motel1010 W Main StWest Frankfort, IL19.1 mi.(618) 932-3116
Anna Plaza Motel150 E Vienna StAnna, IL19.5 mi.(618) 833-5215
Lincoln Motel601 E Broad StJonesboro, IL20.9 mi.(618) 833-2181
Riverside Inn MotelRt 5Murphysboro, IL22.7 mi.(618) 687-2244
Comfort Inn100a E Seright StHarrisburg, IL24.1 mi.(618) 252-2442
Super 8100 E Seright StHarrisburg, IL25.0 mi.(618) 253-8081
Uptown Motel605 E Poplar StHarrisburg, IL25.1 mi.(618) 253-7022
Days Inn Benton/West City711 W Main St (#a)Benton, IL25.8 mi.(618) 439-3183
Super 8 Benton/West City711 W Main St (#B)Benton, IL25.8 mi.(618) 438-8205
Americas Best Value Inn128 Cheekwood LnUllin, IL27.0 mi.(618) 845-3700
Royal Inn1010 S Jefferson StDuquoin, IL29.9 mi.(618) 542-4335

Lake of Egypt Weather & Climate

The southern tip of Illinois has a humid, continental climate that borders on a humid subtropical climate. The weather varies widely, but the climate is generally one of hot, humid summers and cold winters. The area can receive heavy snowfall and experiences blizzards periodically, although winters in the southern region are more moderate than the northern parts of the state. Average precipitation for southern Illinois exceeds 44 inches per year. Snowfall in this region is usually less than 14 inches. Illinois averages around 50 days of thunderstorm activity per year, which is somewhat above the national average. The state is also vulnerable to tornadoes, with an average of 35 occurring annually.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 38°F 19°F 3.26 in. -
February 44°F 22°F 3.17 in. -
March 54°F 32°F 4.45 in. -
April 65°F 42°F 4.54 in. -
May 74°F 51°F 4.93 in. -
June 83°F 60°F 4.32 in. -
July 87°F 65°F 3.89 in. -
August 86°F 62°F 3.72 in. -
September 79°F 54°F 3.13 in. -
October 68°F 42°F 3.06 in. -
November 54°F 33°F 4.77 in. -
December 42°F 23°F 3.72 in. -

Lake of Egypt Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Williamson County Regional airport (MWA) located about 9 miles northwest of Lake of Egypt in Marion, Illinois, the Southern Illinois airport (MDH) located approximately 19 miles northwest of Lake of Egypt in Carbondale - Murphysboro, Illinois, the Barkley Regional airport (PAH) located roughly 40 miles south of Lake of Egypt in Paducah, Kentucky, the Cape Girardeau Regional airport (CGI) located around 43 miles southwest of Lake of Egypt in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, the Mt Vernon airport (MVN) located about 48 miles north of Lake of Egypt in Mount Vernon, Illinois, the Perryville Municipal airport (K02) located approximately 52 miles south of Lake of Egypt in Perryville, Missouri, and finally Kyle Oakley Field (CEY) located roughly 73 miles south of Lake of Egypt in Murray, Kentucky.

Lake of Egypt Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Millsprings Amusement ParkPaducahKY42.3 mi.
Water Parks
Venture WaterparkEddyvilleKY60.6 mi.
Golf Courses
Green Acres Golf ClubEnergyIL10.6 mi.
Crab Orchard Golf ClubCartervilleIL11.6 mi.
Midland Hills Golf CourseMakandaIL13.3 mi.
Stone Creek Golf CourseMakandaIL13.3 mi.
Janscos Stardust Golf & Country ClubJohnston CityIL13.6 mi.
Gambit Golf ClubViennaIL15.3 mi.
Hickory Ridge Public Golf CenterCarbondaleIL15.3 mi.
Franklin County Country ClubWest FrankfortIL18.4 mi.
Hickory Creek Golf CourseFrankfortIL19.3 mi.
Union County Country ClubAnnaIL20.5 mi.
Shawnee Hills Country ClubHarrisburgIL24.0 mi.
Benton Country ClubBentonIL27.5 mi.
State Parks
Ferne Clyffe State ParkIL7.3 mi. 
Giant City State ParkIL12.3 mi. 
Dixon Springs State ParkIL23.5 mi. 
Lake Murphysboro State ParkIL25.4 mi. 
Trail Of Tears State ParkMO31.0 mi. 
Wayne Fitzgerrell State ParkIL32.9 mi. 
Pyramid State ParkIL36.3 mi. 
Fort Massac State ParkIL36.8 mi. 
National Quilt MuseumPaducahKY42.3 mi.(Art)
Zoos and Aquariums
St. Louis Zoological ParkSt. LouisMO96.6 mi.

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