Lake of Egypt
|Lake of Egypt|
Map - the lake's irregular shape reveals its origins as a dammed river amidst hilly terrain.
|Location||Williamson and Johnson Counties, Little Egypt region, Illinois|
|Primary inflows||Saline River|
|Primary outflows||Saline River|
|Basin countries||United States|
|Surface area||2,300 acres (9 km²)|
|Average depth||18 ft (5.5 m)|
|Max. depth||52 ft (16 m)|
|Shore length1||90 mi (140 km)|
|Surface elevation||466 feet (142 m)|
|1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.|
Lake of Egypt is a reservoir in the Little Egypt region of the U.S. state of Illinois. It is located six miles (10 km) south of Marion, Illinois and covers 2,300 acres (9 km²) with 90 miles (140 km) of shoreline. The lake has an average depth of 18 feet (5.5 m) with a maximum depth of 52 feet (16 m) . The lake is owned by the Southern Illinois Power Cooperative (SIPC), who created the impoundment in 1962, by damming the South fork of the Saline River, to supply cooling water for a coal-burning electric power plant.
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