Carlyle Lake Beaches Open

May 2018
By Kayla
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Carlyle Lake Beaches Open

As of May 17 2018, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Carlyle Lake Project has opened all beaches for the 2018 recreation season. Keyesport, Dam West, McNair, and Coles Creek beaches are all available for public use.

Prior to opening, beaches must be inspected by divers to ensure there are no submerged objects that could be a hazard to visitors. Buoys must also be placed to mark the designated swimming area. When visiting the Carlyle Lake beaches, please remember that alcohol is prohibited on the sand and water portions of the beach. Glass and other dangerous objects, such as lawn darts or horseshoes, are not permitted on the beach. Beach users must stay within the designated swim areas.

An established dog friendly beach is available at Coles Creek beach. Dogs on a six foot leash are allowed on a designated portion of the Coles Creek beach. Dogs are not permitted at any other Carlyle Lake beaches.

Please remember to always wear your life jacket when in, on, or around the water. Life jacket loaner stations are available at Keyesport, Dam West, McNair, and Coles Creek beaches and boat ramps.

For more details on the Carlyle Lake Beaches visit the link below…


“I Got Caught” Water Safety Campaign

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers along with several local businesses are teaming up to reward individuals wearing their life jackets while recreating at Carlyle Lake.  Carlyle Lake Park Rangers will be out on the lake and at the beaches on weekends throughout the summer catching individuals wearing their life jackets!

Individuals found wearing their life jacket while on or in the water may be rewarded with a special “I got caught wearing my life jacket at Carlyle Lake” t-shirt or a coupon for a free ice cream treat.  These t-shirts were sponsored by  Boat Works, Breese Motor Sales, Carlyle Meat Market, Case-Halstead Public Library, Clinton County Sheriff’s Office, Country Financial Gene Huels & Keith Rensing, Covered in Chocolate Deli, Dairy King, Dairy Queen in Carlyle, Envirotech, Excel Bottling Co., First National Bank in Carlyle, Gebke Bros. Outdoor Power, Hardee’s in Carlyle, HMG Engineers, Imming Insurance Agency, Isaak Auto Body Inc., Isaak Insurance Agency Inc., Jansen Chevrolet, K&J Chevrolet, Kohrmann Electric Co. Inc., Kues Bros Auction and Reality Co., Max 96.7 FM WCXO, Mideastern Plumbing, Heating & AC, Norrenberns Pool & Spa, Poettker Construction Co., Schaefer Contracting, Scott’s Processing LLC, and Weigman Ford. In addition, Carlyle Dairy Queen donated ice cream cones for school-age children caught on Carlyle Lake on the beaches or boats wearing their lifejackets.

For more information contact the Carlyle Lake Project Office at (618) 594-2484 or e-mail us at