Carlyle Lake Update

The Carlyle Lake pool continues to recede after cresting nearly 12 feet above the normal summer pool at 456.58 feet, referenced to the National Geodetic Vertical Datum (NGVD) on May 13, 2017. As of 7 a.m. on Friday, June 1, 2017 the pool elevation was 450.14 NGVD with a release rate of approximately 9,500 cubic feet per second (cfs). The inflow for Thursday, June 1, 2017 was approximately 2,400 day second feet (dsf).

As the pool levels recede, the Corps of Engineers continues working to reopen facilities as quickly as possible. Dam West, Boulder, McNair and the East Spillway Campgrounds are open. All existing reservations will be honored. Coles Creek Recreation Area is targeted to be opened on Wednesday, June 7th. Dam West and Keyesport beaches are open, McNair beach remains closed at this time.

The Eldon Hazlet State Park is now open. Areas inside the park that are open include the campgrounds, Apache Boat Ramp, Carlyle Sailing Association facilities, Hazlet Cottages, and the Campground Store.

All boat ramps are open except Coles Creek, Allen Branch and Peppenhorst Branch.

Boaters should use extreme caution. Due to the high water levels, some breakwaters may be overtopped by water and caution should be used when boating near these and other submerged structures. Boaters should also watch for floating logs and other debris, which have drifted into the main body of the lake because of the high pool elevation.

The Corps of Engineers continues to work closely with their partners, the Carlyle Lake Association, Mid Kaskaskia River Association, and the Okaw River Basin Coalition. For more information, contact the Carlyle Lake Project Office at (618) 594-2484 or email at

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