Summer Hunting Opportunities at Carlyle Lake

Carlyle Lake offers the outdoor sportsman a variety of late summer hunting opportunities.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources work together to manage the public lands and waters at Carlyle Lake.  More than 10,000 acres of public lands are open to hunting to which all-current Illinois game laws

Kids Fishing Tournament & Get Outdoor Days

In recognition of Illinois’ Free Fishing Days June 6th – June 9thand National Get Outdoors Days, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in partnership with Henkel’s Hook and Arrow will be hosting a “Reeling in the Fish” kid’s fishing tournament. The tournament will be held on Saturday, June 7th at the City of Carlyle Fish

Great Outdoors Scavenger Hunt at Carlyle Lake

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will host a Great Outdoors Scavenger Hunt on Saturday, May 17, 2014 at the Carlyle Lake Visitor Center to commemorate National Park Trust’s (NPT) Third Annual National Kids to Parks Day. This event is open to children ages 5 to15. A parent or guardian will be required to accompany

Temporary Closure of Dam West Boat Ramp

The IHSA Bass Fishing Finals are being held at Carlyle Lake on Friday May 9th & Saturday May 10th.  In order to accommodate the tournament activities, the Dam West Boat Ramp will be closed from Monday, May 5th at 10:00 pm through Saturday, May 10th at 6:00 pm. For more details on the ramp closure please see

Temporary Closure of Dam West Boat Ramp

On Saturday, April 26, 2014 the FLW College Fishing Circuit will be holding a Central Conference Bass Fishing Tournament at Carlyle Lake.  To ensure visitor and public safety, the Dam West Boat Ramp will be closed from Friday, April 25th at 10:00 pm through Saturday, April 26th at 4:00 pm. For more details on the

Main Dam Bridge Deck Closure

On Monday, April 14, 2014, the Carlyle Lake Main Dam bridge deck will be closed for maintenance work. Please see the 4/8/14 News Release for more details… Corp NR-Carlyle Lake Main Dam Bridge Deck Closure

Carlyle Lake Pool Update

The Corps of Engineers News Release gives an update of the current pool elevation. Check out the 4/4/14 news release for the details… Carlyle Lake Pool Update

2014 Camping Opportunities

The 2014 camping season will begin with the opening of Dam West and McNair Campgrounds on March 28th. Boulder Campground will open on April 13th and the Coles Creek and Lotus Group area on April 28th. The Dam East Spillway Campground and the Eldon Hazlet State Park are open year-round. Check out the 3/24/14 News