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 recreational opportunities. While participating in water related recreational activities, always wear your life jacket. Over two-thirds of people who drown never had any intention of being in the water.

Saturday, June 30th is the annual Fireworks Spectacular! Festivities including a sand castle building contest and water safety activities will take place in the Dam West Recreation Area starting at 12:00 p.m. Live bands will begin playing at 12:30 p.m. Fireworks will be shot off at point one and will begin at dusk. Viewing of the fireworks can best be seen from the top of the Dam, Dam West Day Use Area, Dam East Recreation Area or from the water.

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

Friday, 29 June:
8:00 p.m. West Bay Amphitheater, Dam West Campground – Soaring Eagles
8:00 p.m. Cattail Cove Amphitheater, Coles Creek Campground – Creatures of the Night
8:00 p.m. Brewster Creek Amphitheater, Boulder Campground – Campfire Safety

Saturday, 30 June:
12:00 p.m. Dam West Beach – Sandcastle Contest and Beach Games
12:30-9:00 p.m. Picnic Shelter 2, Dam West Day Use Area – Live Bands

Sunday, 1 July:
10:00 a.m. Carlyle Lake Main Dam Tour
2:00 p.m. Dam West Beach – Water Safety Games
2:30 p.m. Harbor Light Bay Beach – Water Safety Games
2:30 p.m. McNair Beach – Water Safety Games
3:00 p.m. Keyesport Beach – Water Safety Games
3:00 p.m. Coles Creek Beach – Water Safety Games

The Carlyle Lake Visitor Center is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Visitor Center has exhibits 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

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