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Lake Shelbyville, lies in Central Illinois and attracts more than 4 million visitors every year. It lies just a few hours due south of Chicago, west of Indianapolis and east of St. Louis which makes it among the premiere Illinois traveler destinations. The area and its centers are handled by the US Army Corps of Engineers. The lake was developed as part of a detailed strategy to utilize the Kaskaskia River basin for flood control while establishing the surrounding lake location for tourism, leisure and wildlife preservation. The lake is a sibling to other nearby lakes, Rend Lake near Benton, Illinois and Carlyle lake located near Carlyle, Illinois. Completed in 1970, the manufactured lake is shaped by a 108‐ft (33‐m) high earthen dam. The coastlines are federally safeguarded and cover more than 11,000 miles. The federal development has actually been developed to ensure stunning continuous views of the lake's natural features and supplies a natural backdrop for a wide range of leisure activities. Adjacent to the wildlife and fish management location located together with the Kaskaskia River and West Okaw Rivers, the lake includes more than 6000 acres of blended ecological habitats composed of wetlands-- consisting of streams and creeks in addition to timber, prairies, grasslands, forests, brush, timber, and cropland. Most of these locations lie near the upper reaches of the nearly 34,000 acre lake project location. The lake offers some of the very best nature study, hunting and fishing resources in the state, with the entire lake location is policed by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.


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