Carlyle Lake



To make a reservation, contact Recreation One Stop toll free at (877) 444-6777, TDD at (877) 833-6777, or go online to Reservations for individual campsites at Dam West, Coles Creek, and Boulder; group sites at Lotus and Coles Creek; and picnic shelters at Boulder, Coles Creek, Dam East, East Spillway, West Spillway, Dam West, and Keyesport.

Day Use Fee

America the Beautiful Passes (Senior, Access, Military, 4th Grade, Volunteer, and Federal Recreation Lands Passes) can now be obtained/purchased at the Carlyle Lake Visitor Center and campgrounds. Additional information is available at: or call the Carlyle Lake Project Office at (618) 594-2484.

Golden Age and Access Passports are no longer issued by the Corps. However, a USACE Annual Pass is available for a $40 fee. The pass will be valid for a 12 month period from the date of purchase. This pass is valid only at USACE projects for which a day use fee is charged, an Annual Pass is no longer required if you have an America the Beautiful Pass.

Annual Passes for Day Use Fees can now be purchased at the new fee stations! The receipt must be exchanged for a hang tag within 7 days at any Corps of Engineers campground, the Administration Office, or Visitor Center (currently closed for the season) during normal business hours.

Display the receipt in the dash of the vehicle until it is exchanged for the hang tag. The actual receipt, not a photo, is required, so please do not lose it.

The $40 Annual Pass covers Day Use Fees at any of the COE boat ramps and beaches for an entire year.

BOAT RAMPS: A $5.00 per day boat launch fee is charged at the following boat ramps:

  • Keyesport  
  • Dam West  
  • Dam East
  • Coles Creek  
  • Boulder      

PUBLIC BEACHES: A $5.00 per vehicle per day fee is charged the following public beaches:

  • Keyesport
  • Dam West
  • McNair
  • Boulder

Camping Fees

 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Dam West  April 1 - October 31
Single Capacity, Standard Electric $18/night
Double Capacity, Standard Electric $36/night
Single Capacity, Full Hookup $26/night
Double Capacity, Full Hookup $52/night
Coles Creek April 29 - September 26
Single Capacity, Standard Electric $18/night
Double Capacity, Standard Electric $26/night
Single Capacity, Full Hookup $26/night
Group Area A $250/night
Group Area B $150/night
Boulder April 15 - October 11
Single Capacity, Standard Electric $18/night
Double Capacity, Standard Electric $26/night
Single Capacity, Full Hookup $26/night
Dam East-McNair (N &S Loops) April 15 - October 11
Spillway Loop (Sites 33-47)* $18/night
Single Capacity, Standard Electric $18/night
Single Capacity, Full Hookup $26/night
Double Capacity, Standard Electric $26/night
Group Area C $125/night

*During non-peak season (November - March) the East Spillway Loop (Sites 33-47) of McNair Campground will remain open.

 Illinois Department of Natural Resources

Eldon Hazlet State Park

To reserve visit:

Sites 1 – 65 (Electric) $20/night Open Year Round/First Come, First Serve
Sites 1 – 226 (Electric) $20/night Open Year Round
Sites 227-328 (Electric) $20/night Open May 1 - Oct 31
Holiday Rate for Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day $30/night Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Walk-in Tent Sights 1-36 $8/night Open Year Round
 Group Picnic Shelter Reservations

Eight picnic shelters are located around Carlyle Lake to provide you with the perfect setting for the next reunion, picnic, or party. Reservations for picnic shelters can be made through R1S by calling toll free at (877) 444-6777 or online at Shelters are reservable for a fee of $30/day May 1-September 30. If a shelter has not been reserved, it is available on a first come, first serve basis.

Locations: Keyesport, Dam West, West Spillway, East Spillway, Dam East Boat Ramp, Coles Creek, and Boulder

 Group Camping
Coles Creek Group Camping Area April 29 - September 26
Area A (Loop 2, Sites 36-53) $250/night
Area B (Loop 3, Sites 54B-63B) $150/night
Lotus Group Area May 6 - September 26
Entire Area $125/night
McNair Group Camping Area April 1 - October 3
McNair Area C $125/night
Osage Youth Group Area Open Year-Round
Located at Eldon Hazlet State Park - (618) 594-3015 $2/night; $20 minimum

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