Dam East & Spillway

The area provides fun both on the water and on shore. Boat ramps and courtesy docks are provided, and the vast lake allows for plenty of water sports. Fishing is a popular pastime, and white bass, bluegill, crappie, channel catfish, largemouth bass, freshwater drum, carp, flathead catfish and walleye can be found in abundance.

Amenities

• Boat Ramp
• Boating
• Drinking Water
• Fishing
• Fishing Pier
• Fish Cleaning Stations
• Flush Toilets
• Picnic Shelters
• Pit Toilets
• Wildlife Viewing
• Biking
• Boat Ramp
• Drinking Water
• Educational Programs
• Grills
• Hiking
• Nature Trails
• Playground
• Tent Pads
• Trash Collection

Overview

The area provides fun both on the water and on shore. Boat ramps and courtesy docks are provided, and the vast lake allows for plenty of water sports. Fishing is a popular pastime, and white bass, bluegill, crappie, channel catfish, largemouth bass, freshwater drum, carp, flathead catfish and walleye can be found in abundance. There is an on-site playground and plenty of open space for children to play in, as well as an amphitheater for educational programs. A multi-use biking and walking trail is located a short walk away.

This facility has one reservable group picnic shelter that can accommodate up to 75 people, as well as 15 non-reservable individual campsites that are open year-round. It is connected to the Dam East Recreation Area. There is a beach located nearby at the McNair Group Area.

Dam East Spillway has a reservable group picnic shelter situated on the southern shore of Carlyle Lake, a prime getaway for city-dwellers and families. Located 50 miles east of St. Louis, the area offers the peaceful retreat of a small town combined with the grandeur of Illinois’ largest man-made lake.

The campground provides fun both on the water and on shore. Boat ramps and courtesy docks are provided, and the vast lake allows for plenty of water sports. Fishing is a popular pastime, and white bass, bluegill, crappie, channel catfish, largemouth bass, freshwater drum, carp, flathead catfish and walleye can be found in abundance. There is an on-site playground and plenty of open space for children to play in, as well as an amphitheater for educational programs.

A multi-use biking and walking trail is located a short drive away at the dam. The historic Swinging Bridge is just a short walk down river

DAM EAST REC. AREA: CARLYLE, IL 62231
PHONE: (618) 594-2484

DIRECTIONS

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude): 38.60833, -89.30833 38°36’30″N, 89°18’30″W

From I-57, take Old U.S. Route 50 west for 37 miles to the Dam East entrance road and turn north. Turn east at the next intersection and continue for 1.2 miles to Dam East Day Use Area.

Dam East Spillway

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude): 38.59972, -89.34972 38°35’59″N, 89°20’59″W

From I-57, take Old U.S. Route 50 west for 37 miles to the Dam East entrance road and turn north. Turn west at the next intersection and proceed west for 1.2 miles to the Dam East Spillway.

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