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Illinois Lakes and Rivers Map

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This map features major rivers, reservoirs, and lakes in Illinois. All rivers in Illinois flow into the Gulf of Mexico and Great Lakes.

For example, Lake Shelbyville, Lake Springfield, and the Illinois River are major rivers and lakes. Other than Lake Michigan, Carlyle Lake is the largest and is located in south-central Illinois.

Three rivers form the boundaries for Illinois. It’s the Mississippi River that delineates a boundary with Missouri and Iowa. For the eastern boundary of Illinois, it’s the Ohio River and Wabash River that forms a boundary with Kentucky and Indiana.

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Illinois lakes, rivers and reservoirs

Lakes and reservoirs
Lake Michigan
Rend Lake
Lake Shelbyville
Upper Peoria Lake
Senachwine Lake
Lake Springfield
Crab Orchard Lake
Rivers and streams
Illinois River
Wabash River
Carlyle Lake
Kaskaskia River
Ohio River
Mississippi River
Embarras River
Wabash River
Rock River
Fox River
Sangamon River
Des Plaines River
Kankakee Spoon River
Edwards River
Green River
Mackinaw River
Big Muddy River

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  1. Are there any swimming areas on the Illinois or Des Plaines River? Where are they accessed?

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