Coles Creek/Lotus Group

January 2014
By CarlyleAdmin
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Modern amenities like showers, laundry facilities and flush toilets are provided. The campground is adjacent to Coles Creek Day Use Area and Lotus Group Area, which feature reservable picnic shelters.


• Amphitheater
• Birding
• Boat Ramp
• Boating
• Drinking Water
• Dump Station
• Educational Programs
• Fish Cleaning Stations
• Flush Toilets • Grills
• Hunting
• Picnic Shelters
[one_third_last]• Pit Toilets
• Playground
• Showers
• Swimming
• Vault Toilets
• Wildlife Viewing[/one_third_last]



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.

Coles Creek Campground offers 119 campsites and two large group campsites, all with electric hookups. All sites are either directly on the shoreline or a short walk to the lake.

Lotus Group Area offers a secluded group campground in Coles Creek Recreation Area. The facility consists of five enclosed mini shelters with electricity, five campsites with electricity and one large enclosed shelter with tables, water and electricity. A playground, a restroom with vault toilets and a large fire ring are also provided. The site can hold a single group of up to 80 people at a time. The Coles Creek Beach and Day Use Area are a short walk away.



GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude): 38.65694, -89.26028 38°39’25″N, 89°15’37″W

From I-57, take Old U.S. Route 50 west for 19 miles through Salem, Odin and Sandoval. Turn north on Boulder Road and continue for 4 miles, then turn onto 1700 and continue until the road connects with 2400. Continue south to the Coles Creek entrance.

Lotus Recreation Area

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude): 38.66354, -89.25822 38°39’49″N, 89°15’30″W

From I-57, take Old U.S. Highway 50 west for 19 miles, through Salem, Odin and Sandoval. Turn north on Boulder Road/2400E. After 4 miles turn east on 1700N and continue until the road connects with 2400E. Continue south and turn right just before reaching the Coles Creek entrance road. Proceed north to Lotus Group Area.