Carlyle Lake Weekend Activities

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Carlyle Lake is preparing for a fun and safe weekend. Whether you enjoy fishing, camping, boating, bike riding or other outdoor activities, Carlyle Lake offers an abundance of recreation opportunities. While participating in water related recreation activities, always wear your life jacket. Over two-thirds of people who drown never had any intention of being in the water.

Dam West, Coles Creek and Boulder Campgrounds are open with sites available on a first-come-first-serve basis and also through reservation by calling the National Recreation Reservation Service at 1-877-444-6777 or online at www.recreation.gov McNair and Dam East Campgrounds are open on a first-come-first-serve basis. Eldon Hazlet State Park is also open and has sites available on a first-come, first-serve basis or online at www.reserveamerica.com

The Carlyle Lake Multi-Use Trail is accessible for hiking, walking and biking offering a 17 mile roundtrip loop extending from the Dam West Day Use Area to Saddle Dam III. Also, the Willow Pond Fitness Trail located south of the Carlyle Lake Visitor Center offers a unique outdoor fitness opportunity for visitors. The fitness trail is a 1/5 mile paved trail that encompasses a pond and is home to many different species of wildlife. The serenity of this area adds to the enjoyment of getting fit.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers offers educational programs in the campgrounds and at the beaches on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Presentations are free and open to the public.

Friday, July 8th:
8:00 p.m. West Bay Amphitheater, Dam West Campground – Carlyle Lake Jeopardy
8:00 p.m. Cattail Cove Amphitheater, Coles Creek Campground – Bald Eagles
8:00 p.m. Brewster Creek Amphitheater, Boulder Campground – Campground Charades

Saturday, July 9th:
12:00 p.m. Kaskaskia River Duck Race – West Spillway Recreation Area
2:30 p.m. Keyesport Beach – Water Safety
2:30 p.m. Coles Creek Beach – Water Safety
3:30 p.m. Dam West Beach – Water Safety
3:30 p.m. McNair Beach – Water Safety
8:00 p.m. West Bay Amphitheater, Dam West Campground – Bald Eagles
8:00 p.m. Cattail Cove Amphitheater, Coles Creek Campground – Campground Charades
8:00 p.m. Brewster Creek Amphitheater, Boulder Campground – Carlyle Lake Jeopardy

Sunday, July 10th:
10:00 a.m. Carlyle Lake Dam Tour – Starts at the East Spillway steps
2:30 p.m. Keyesport – Water Safety
2:30 p.m. Coles Creek Beach – Water Safety
3:30 p.m. Dam West Beach – Water Safety
3:30 p.m. McNair Beach – Water Safety

The Carlyle Lake Visitor Center is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Visitor Center has exhibits, a gift shop, and brochures to help plan your stay at Carlyle Lake.

Life jackets are available at the Carlyle Lake Visitor Center through the “Life Jacket Loan Program”. For a $5.00 deposit, a life jacket can be borrowed for the day. When the life jacket is returned in good condition, the deposit will be refunded. Please remember to always wear your life jacket when in, on, or around the water. Life jacket loaner stations are also available at Keyesport, Dam West, McNair, and Coles Creek beaches and boat ramps.

For more information contact the Carlyle Lake Project Office at (618) 594-2484 or e-mail at carlylelake@usace.army.mil