Cedar Lake is a 1,750-acre lake surrounded by cedar trees, hardwood forests, and limestone bluffs. The southern end of the lake is encompassed by Shawnee National Forest while the city of Carbondale maintains the northern end. Kayaking, canoeing, and boating, with motors under 10hp, are popular activities on the lake. There are two boat access areas, one in the north, run by Carbondale, and one in the south, run by the forest service. Anglers will find excellent fishing for black and white crappie, largemouth bass, and redear sunfish, plus improving striped bass opportunities. Visitors can see abundant wildlife, including white-tailed deer, raccoon, or wild turkey, on sixteen miles of hiking and equestrian trails. The River to River hiking trail also passes through the southern end of Cedar Lake. Dispersed camping up to 14 days is allowed in areas maintained by the Forest Service. A variety of hunting opportunities exist and are regulated by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.