US Army Corps of Engineers
St. Louis District

Carlyle Lake

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Recreation

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: www.recreation.gov
Four beaches are waiting for you and your family to enjoy at Carlyle Lake. The beaches, located in the Dam West, Keyesport, Coles Creek, and McNair Recreation Areas, are a great place for the whole family to spend time swimming, sunbathing, and picnicking.

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
Keyesport*
available
available
not available
Dam West*
available
available
available
Coles Creek*
available
available
available
Boulder*
available
available
available
Horseshoe Island
not available
not available
available
Dam East*
available
not available
available
General Dean
not available
not available
not available
Tamalco
not available
not available
not available
Patoka
not available
not available
not available
Wood Duck
not available
not available
not available
North Fork
not available
not available
not available


*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.

Thirteen 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 NRRS's toll free number 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 barrier free, located on the south side of the Visitor Center. A bike route map is available at the Carlyle Lake Project Office or at the Visitor Center. There are also several miles of trails winding through ELDON HAZLET STATE PARK (IDNR).

For information on Lodging at Carlyle Lake see Play and Stay

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 featuring the massasauga rattlesnake. Then relax and sit back and watch the “Something for Everyone” on the construction of the lake and the recreational opportunities available to you during your stay.

Visitor Center Schedule

April 2 - May 29 - Saturday & Sunday
May 30 - Sept 5 -Open Daily
September 10 - 26 - Saturday & Sunday
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.