Great Fishing & Tubing in Cedar Lake minutes from Cobden

Cedar Lake provides the perfect setting for spending the day fishing while visiting Cobden. The lake provides many opportunities for the whole family to enjoy time together while fishing, swimming or laying in the sun. The extensive lake along with the Shawnee National Forest provides the best hiking and scenery. Hiking through the trails provided near Cedar Lake and through Shawnee National Forest give visitors spectacular views overlooking the lake and of the geological rock formations that border the shores of the Cedar Lake region.

Cedar Lake
Cedar Creek Road
Carbondale, IL 62901
(618) 549-8441

Cedar Lake offers a popular destination for fishing within Shawnee National Forest. Visitors staying at a nearby Cobden Bed and Breakfast can enjoy the relaxing scenery in nature offered by the 1750-acre reservoir. Cedar Lake offers over 30 miles of shoreline good for fishing along the shore, swimming and hiking along the trails. The lake provides fishing opportunities stocked with crappie and bass. Anglers can enjoy year round fishing at Cedar Lake.

Cedar Lake Trails

The trail system, near a Cobden Inn, offered along Cedar Lake provides hikers four trails. The trails equal almost 14 miles that offer views overlooking the lake and forest. The Little Cedar Lake Loop offers lake views and geological formations while hiking. The Wolf Den Hollow Trail provides hikers a well-known trek overlooking Cedar Lake while viewing rock shelters. The Cove Hollow Trail features views of the shoreline and cliffs surrounding Cedar Lake. The River-to-River Trail gives equestrian lovers a chance to walk along a trail big enough for the horse.

Lake Access by Boat

Cedar Lake offers boat docks for access to the lake. The boats must have a ten horsepower or less motor, according to the local government. Boat docks offer access to nearby accommodations in Cobden, Illinois. Anglers benefit from fishing in a boat to access the remote sections of the lake where fish like to hide on sunny days.

Poplar Camp Beach
Cedar Creek Road
Carbondale, IL 62901
(618) 549-8441

Poplar Camp Beach provides visitors the opportunity to enjoy Cedar Lake while resting along the sandy beach for sunbathing. Visitors can feel safe with lifeguards on duty watching over beach goers. The beach opens Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission for adults is $2 per person while kids under four are free.

Shawnee National Forest
50 Highway 145 South
Harrisburg, IL 62946
(618) 253-7114

The Shawnee National Forest provides a range of plants, trees and animals for outdoor recreation in the location near to Cobden. The list of animals offers an extensive array of wildlife for nature lovers to catch sight of within the forest. Trails provide the perfect opportunity for accessing the scenery in the Shawnee National Forest while visiting Cobden. Ongoing events throughout the year give visitors the chance to learn about the region with ranger-led hikes and talks.