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Take a 360 virtual tour of Carlyle Lake. Navigate to specific recreation areas around the lake to view scenes from the area.
Carlyle Lake Virtual Tour
Take a 360 virtual tour of Carlyle Lake. Navigate to specific recreation areas around the lake to view scenes from the area.
Endless possibilities await you at Carlyle Lake. Grab your gear and enjoy the abundant camping opportunities at six developed campgrounds. Hit the water for boating, fishing and swimming; from a relaxing sailboat excursion to fast-paced waterskiing, the 26,000 acres of water in Illinois’s largest man-made lake is ready when you are.
Carlyle Lake: Choose Your Adventure
Endless possibilities await you at Carlyle Lake. Grab your gear and enjoy the abundant camping opportunities at six developed campgrounds. Hit the water for boating, fishing and swimming; from a relaxing sailboat excursion to fast-paced waterskiing, the 26,000 acres of water in Illinois’s largest man-made lake is ready when you are.

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Latest News Releases

Firewood Cutting Opportunity at Carlyle Lake

CARLYLE LAKE – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Carlyle Lake will offer the opportunity for individuals to obtain a Special Use Permit to cut downed trees for firewood at Boulder and Coles Creek Recreation Areas and Campgrounds. Permits will be available at the Carlyle Lake Project Office from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. beginning October 31, 2018. A total of 20 permits will be issued on a first come first serve basis at no charge. Trees will be located throughout the campgrounds and recreation areas, vehicle access will be limited to paved surfaces only. Cutting will be permitted Tuesday through Sunday beginning November 6, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Cutting will not be permitted during the 2018 Illinois Firearm Deer Season dates of November 16th – 18th and November 29th – December 2nd.
Published: 10/26/2018

Halloween Happenings at Carlyle Lake

CARLYLE LAKE – Plans are underway for Halloween activities at Dam West Campground on Saturday, October 27. Kid-friendly events will start at 5:30 p.m. and be followed by campground trick or treating. Campers are encouraged to decorate their site for a chance to win free camping. Campsite must be family-friendly. Park Rangers will be judging sites at 8:00 p.m. and participants will be awarded with five days of free camping for first place, three days of free camping for second place, and two days of free camping for third place.
Published: 10/26/2018

James Hawn Waterfowl Blind Drawings to be Held

CARLYLE LAKE - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announces a regulation change for waterfowl hunters wishing to hunt the James Hawn Wetland Area during the 2018 Youth Waterfowl Season (November 3 and 4) and opening weekend (November 10 and 11) of the 2018 South Central Zone Waterfowl Season. A lottery drawing will be held for six designated waterfowl blinds located in the area during both of these weekends.
Published: 10/23/2018

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Contact

Mailing Address:
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Carlyle Lake Project Office
801 Lake Road
Carlyle, Illinois 62231
801 Lake Road

Telephone:
Phone:(618) 594-2484 
Email:
CarlyleLake@usace.army.mil
Office Hours: 
Hours: M-F 7:30am - 4 pm
Camping Reservations: 
1-877-444-6777

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