The Kinkaid-Reed's Creek Conservancy District was created by referendum vote in June, 1963. The District boundaries are 13 townships all within Jackson County, Illinois. The primary purpose for the creation of the Conservancy District was to build Kinkaid Lake for a municipal water supply with tourism and recreation as a side benefit for the area. Crisenberry Dam was completed in 1971 and Kinkaid Lake filled in 1972. A regional water system was constructed and public use recreational facilities were developed.