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There’s Something Magical About These 7 Illinois Lakes

Ashley Parada

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Many people living in Illinois and the surrounding areas always consider Lake Michigan first when discussing the most magical lakes in the state. As the largest lake in the state, of course, Lake Michigan should be at the top of the list, but there are certainly many others that over natural beauty, outdoor recreation and plenty of activities for visitors of all ages. Each lake offers a unique experience that is surely worth an attempt at visiting them all in your lifetime. Use this list as a beginner’s guide to the best lakes located in Illinois.

1. Lake Of Egypt

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Although the name might confuse visitors, Lake Of Egypt is actually located right here in Illinois. This beautiful lake is extremely large and is often used by boat owners that are interested in relaxing and enjoy the surrounding sights right from the water. This lake is especially beautiful at sundown, reflecting the warm colors from the sky onto the surface of the lake. Visiting the Lake Of Egypt is a wonderful experience for seasoned visitors as well as first-timers.

2. Lake Galena

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Galena is one of the most beautiful towns in all of Illinois. So, it makes perfect sense that Galena would also be home to such an astounding lake. Lake Galena is vast and surrounded by breathtaking landscapes of lush trees, plants, and hills. Boating on Lake Galena would be a uniquely scenic perspective of the lake and provide a wonderful experience for adults and families.

3. Cedar Lake

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Located in Carbondale, Illinois, Cedar Lake is an extremely popular option for camping with a view right here in the midwest. Camping at Cedar Lake will put you near the lake’s edges, offering not only beautiful sights but plenty of recreational activities. Visitors can swim, fish, hike and explore nature during their stay., while surrounded by statuesque trees and plants.

4. Lake Decatur

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Lake Decatur is vast and reflective, making it the perfect scenic swimming hole to cool off in. This lake is man-made and was produced in the early 1900s. The lake is also home to popular activities like boating and fishing, which makes it the perfect weekend adventure during spring, summer, and fall.

5. Lake Michigan

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We, of course, had to save Lake Michigan for last because it is so large and offers the most extensive activities for its visitors. As the largest of all the Great Lakes in the midwest, Lake Michigan borders Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, and Illinois. Those living in Illinois are lucky enough to be able to experience Lake Michigan in many parts of the state, from the more rural areas, all the way to downtown Chicago, where visitors can actually stroll down the outside of the lake’s boundaries.

Lake Michigan is a hub for an endless amount of activities, including fishing, boating, swimming, city tours and so much more. Many in Illinois even have lake homes so they can visit whenever they would like. At the most majestic lake on the list, we had to save the best for last.

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