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Carlyle Lake



Reserve your place under the stars at Carlyle Lake. It’s simple and convenient to make a reservation at one of the four Carlyle Lake campgrounds or any other Corps of Engineers campgrounds across the USA. Just call (877) 444-6777 / TTD (877) 833-6777 or for online reservations:

Five beaches are waiting for you and your family to enjoy at Carlyle Lake. The beaches are located in the Keyesport, Harbor Light Bay, Dam West, McNair, and Coles Creek Recreation Areas. All of the beaches are designated swimming areas and a great place for the whole family to spend time swimming, sunbathing, and picnicking.

Opportunities and Facilities

For the boating enthusiast, Carlyle Lake is a great place to cruise for pleasure, water ski, or spend the day fishing. The wide-open waters make Carlyle Lake a sailor's paradise. This 15 by 3 1/2 mile body of water is one of the top inland sailing lakes in the nation. All major developed recreation areas have boat ramps with courtesy docks. Small boat access ramps can be found in hunting/fishing parking lots scattered around the lake. Call or Check out the websites below for more information on boat rentals or sailing events.

Boulder Marina(618) 226-3223 
Carlyle Sailing Association Marina(618) 594-3622
Trade Winds Marina(618) 749-5649
West Access Marina(618) 594-2461
Carlyle Lake Boats & Marinas

Carlyle Lake Facilities
Boat Ramps
Courtesy Dock
Fish Cleaning Station
Highwater Ramp
Dam West*
Coles Creek*
Horseshoe Island
Dam East*
General Dean
Wood Duck
North Fork

*Day use fees are charged at specific Corps of Engineers boat ramps. Visitors may pay $3.00 per launch at the boat ramp, or purchase an annual pass for a fee of $40.00. Annual Passes are available at the Carlyle Lake Visitor Center, the Carlyle Lake Project Office, and at the campground fee booths. Visitors with a Golden Age, Golden Access, or America the Beautiful Pass will receive a 50% discount on all day use fees.

Nine picnic shelters are located around Carlyle Lake to help provide the perfect setting for your reunions, picnics, and parties. You can reserve a picnic shelter in advance through the Recreation One Stop toll free number, (877) 444-6777, for a fee of $30.00. Shelters that have not been reserved are available free of charge, on a first-come, first-serve basis.

At Carlyle Lake there are several hiking trails maintained: Chipmunk Trail located in McNair Recreation Area, Little Prairie Nature Trial located in the Dam West Spillway, and Willow Pond, which is accessible, located on the south side of the Visitor Center. There are also several miles of trails winding through ELDON HAZLET STATE PARK (IDNR).

For information on Lodging at Carlyle Lake visit the City of Carlyle website at

To help you plan your stay at Carlyle Lake stop by the Carlyle Lake Visitor Center, located in the Dam West Recreation Area. Pick up literature, shop at the gift shop, or view exhibits; including a 215 gallon aquarium with native fish, and a snake exhibit. Then relax and sit back and watch a movie on the construction of the lake and the recreational opportunities available to you during your stay.

Visitor Center Schedule
April 4 - May 17 - Saturday & Sunday
May 18 - Sept 6 - Open Daily
September 11 - 27 - Saturday & Sunday
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Recreation Area Facility Chart

Archery Range
Boat Ramp
Boat Rental
Camping - Full Hookup
Camping - Trailer
Camping - Tent
Camping - Group
Court - Basketball
Court - Tennis
Courtesy Dock
Day Use Fee Area
Drinking Water
Dump Station
Electric Hookup
Fish Cleaning Station
Fuel - Marine
Golf Course
Laundry Facility
Picnic Shelters
Picnic Tables
Sanitary Pump - Marine
Shower House
Toilet - Flush
Toilet - Vault
Trail - Hiking
Visitor Center
Boulder - COE
Boulder Marina - C
Coles Creek - COE
Dam East - COE
Dam West - COE
Eldon Hazlet - IDNR
Keyesport - COE
McNair Campground - COE
Sailing Association - C
Spillway East - COE
Spillway West - COE
West Access Marina - C
Trade Winds Marina - C
Wildlife Mgmnt Area - IDNR

⬛ Service/Facility Available Nearby ♿ Wheelchair Accessible ⚫ Service/Supply Within 2 Miles of Area Entrance