June is National Great Outdoors Month, Celebrate at Carlyle Lake!

Published May 23, 2013

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.


With school out and summer just around the corner, there's no better time to take your family outdoors for some active adventures!  Physical activity is an essential component of a healthy lifestyle. In combination with healthy eating, it can help prevent a range of chronic diseases, including heart disease, cancer, and stroke, which are the three leading causes of death. Physical activity helps control weight, builds lean muscle, reduces fat, promotes strong bone, muscle and joint development, and decreases the risk of obesity. Children need 60 minutes of play with moderate to vigorous activity every day to grow up to a healthy weight.


To help you celebrate and stay fit, Carlyle Lake is offering fun-filled outdoor opportunities every Saturday throughout the month of June.  These activities include: biking, fishing, kayaking, and hiking.


June 1st - Get Ready, Get Set, Bike!   9:00 a.m.

Celebrate National Trail Day by taking a bike ride along the Carlyle Lake Multi-User Trail.  The ride will be guided by a Park Ranger, who will give a presentation on bike safety and points of interest along the trail.  The ride begins at Shelter #2 in Dam West Day Use.


June 8th – Reeling in the Fish!   9:00 a.m.

Grab a pole and head out to the City of Carlyle Fish Hatchery Pond located on old Rt. 50 to participate in the “Reeling in the Fish” Kid’s Fishing Derby.  Registration starts at 9:00 a.m. The tournament runs from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Trophies will be awarded for total weight in two age categories, ten and under and eleven to fifteen.


June 15th – Paddle Away!   9:00 a.m.

Have you ever wanted to try kayaking?  Here’s your chance! Kayaks will be available at Willow Pond next to the Carlyle Lake Visitor Center. Adults and children ages 13 and over will learn the basics and get a chance to tryout a kayak.


June 22nd – Discovering Nature’s Treasures!   9:00 a.m.

Carlyle Lake is abundant with treasure, nature’s treasures!  Take a hike with a Park Ranger and discover turtles, snakes, animal tracks and much more.  The hike begins at the Carlyle Lake Visitor Center at 9:00 a.m.


June 29th – A Day at the Beach!   11:30 a.m.

Spend the day at the Dam West Beach and enjoy swimming, live music, volleyball, sandcastle building, water safety games and more!  These activities lead up to the Fireworks Spectacular hosted by the Carlyle Lake Fireworks Committee.  Fireworks will begin at dusk and all proceeds benefit the 2014 Fireworks Spectacular.  If you would like to participate in the volleyball tournament or sandcastle building contest, registration begins at 11:30 on the Dam West beach.


 For more information on these events, contact the Carlyle Lake Project Office at (618) 594-2484 or email us at carlylelake@usace.army.mil.

Doug Wasmuth

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