Opportunities and Management
As part of the wildlife management program, food plots of sunflowers, corn, millet and milo are planted each spring at seven locations around the lake. More than 20,000 acres of public lands are open to hunting and subject to state regulations which can be found at the Illinois Department of Natural Resources website. Upland game management areas can be found all around the lake with parking lots which provide access. Carlyle Lake is also a mid-migrational resting area for waterfowl and other migratory birds, thus a variety of wildlife can be seen throughout the year. Subimpoundments #1, 2, 3, and 4 located on the northern end of the lake are intensively managed for waterfowl. These areas are part of the Carlyle Lake Wildlife Management Area.
Hunting is permitted on all public land except where posted and within 100 yards of developed recreation areas or residences. Developed recreation areas are shown on the Carlyle Lake Hunting Map.
2023-2024 Carlyle Lake Hunting Fact Sheet
Fishing and Hunting Guide
Carlyle Lake provides special hunts for persons with disabilities during the first week of dove season and during duck season to all non-ambulatory or partially ambulatory individuals. These hunts are managed to provide participants an equal hunting opportunity. If interested contact the Carlyle Lake Project Office at (618)594-2484.
Carlyle Lake Dove Fields