Lake Kinkaid Spillway – Illinois

I had been feeling a bit down lately so I needed a road trip and some nature time to help change my mood around. It was supposed to rain, but the skies cleared and the sun was shining bright. Michelle and I hit the road to check out a place I found on Pinterest. Lake Kinkaid is actually a reservoir that was created in 1968. The lake is about an hour and a half from St. Louis and just north of the Shawnee National Forest.

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On the southern side of the lake is the dam and the spillway. The spillway has created a beautiful waterfall. At the end of Spillway Road is a parking lot. You can see the huge waterfall from here.

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To the left is a trail that leads down to the base of the waterfall. This area is beautiful. There is a shallow area at the base which can be slick, but you can walk around.

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The fun part is that you can climb the rocks up the left side of the waterfall. This waterfall is multi-tiered and you can keep climbing until you reach the very top. In the distance you can see the dam.

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I loved this area and you could spend a day just hanging out and enjoying the water. Remember to be safe and carry out what you carry in. Check it out!

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  1. Beautiful waterfall!


  2. looks like fun.. really awesome new look on the site too!

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  3. Absolutely beautiful! Looks like a wonderful spot.


  4. Loved the pictures of the waterfall & El’s too!


  5. Love that your dog goes everywhere with you. Looks similar to my Toy Fox Terrier.

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