Benton, IL - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Rend Lake will be hosting the first of a summer-long series of programs designed to educate and enlighten visitors to Rend Lake. The first program for the summer will be “The Reptile Experience” starring Serengeti Steve and the array of animals that he has to show. The program will be held at the Rend Lake Project Office/ Visitor Center on Saturday, May 25, 2013. Serengeti Steve will give two presentations, the first beginning at 11:00 a.m. and the second at 2:00 p.m.
CARLYLE LAKE – President Obama has proclaimed June as National Great Outdoors Month! The President’s proclamation urges all Americans to spend time in the great outdoors and to uphold our nation’s legacy of conserving our lands for future generations.
CARLYLE LAKE–Drowning remains the number one cause of death in recreational boating accidents. Ninety percent of those who drowned were NOT wearing their life jackets. Saturday, May 18, marked the start of National Safe Boating Week, an annual nationwide event dedicated to raising the awareness of boating safety prior to Memorial Day weekend, the traditional start of the summer boating season. The campaign’s theme, “Ready, Set, Wear-It” is designed to emphasize the importance of wearing a life jacket. Water safety must be a top priority for everyone using the nation’s waterways and lakes this summer. An estimated 350 million people visit U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recreation areas each year. Below are safety tips from the Corps of Engineers to help recreation seekers stay safe in the water over the Memorial Day holiday weekend and into the summer.
CARLYLE LAKE–The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Carlyle Lake is preparing for a fun and safe weekend celebrating Memorial Day. 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.
CARLYLE LAKE - The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Bass Fishing Finals are being held at Carlyle Lake on Friday, May 31, 2013 and Saturday, June 1, 2013 at the Dam West Boat Ramp in the Dam West Day Use Area. In order to accommodate the tournament activities, the Dam West Boat Ramp will be closed to the general public from Monday, May 27th at 10:00 p.m. through Sunday, June 2nd at 12:00 p.m. Visitors should use the Apache Boat Ramp located in Eldon Hazlet State Park or the Dam East Boat Ramp and Keyesport Boat Ramp which will be available to the general public during this period.