Memorial Day Weekend Kicks Off Summer Events at Carlyle Lake

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By Kayla
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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Carlyle Lake Project is ready to welcome another fun and safe recreation season. Whether you enjoy fishing, camping, boating, bike riding or other outdoor activities, Carlyle Lake offers an abundance of recreation opportunities. While participating in any outdoor activities, please keep safety in mind and always wear your lifejacket when on, in, or near the water.

Life jacket loaner stations are available at Keyesport, Dam West, McNair, and Coles Creek beaches and boat ramps. Visitors are encouraged to borrow a life jacket from a station to use while recreating and return the life jacket to a station once done. To incentivize visitors to always wear their lifejackets, The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers along with several local businesses are teaming up to reward individuals wearing their lifejackets while recreating at Carlyle Lake through the “I Got Caught” program. Carlyle Lake Park Rangers will be out on the lake and at the beaches throughout the holiday weekend and summer catching individuals wearing their life jackets!

For Memorial Day weekend, the Carlyle Lake Project will offer interactive educational programs on Friday and Saturday evenings and beach activities on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday afternoons. A tour of the Carlyle Lake Main Dam will be conducted on Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m. All offerings are free and open to the public.

Friday, 24 May:

8:00 p.m. Cattail Cove Amphitheater, Coles Creek Campground –Campground Program

8:00 p.m. Brewster Creek Amphitheater, Boulder Campground –Campground Program

Saturday, 25 May:

9:00 a.m. Tour of Carlyle Lake Dam

8:00 p.m. West Bay Amphitheater, Dam West Campground –Campground Program

8:00 p.m. Cattail Cove Amphitheater, Coles Creek Campground –Campground Program


Dam West, Coles Creek, McNair-Dam East, and Boulder Campgrounds are open, and reservations can be made by calling R1S (Recreation One Stop) at 1-877-444-6777 or online at Dam West Campground does offer first come, first serve sites as well. Eldon Hazlet State Park is also open and has sites available on a first-come, first-serve basis or online.

The Carlyle Lake Visitor Center will open daily starting Saturday, May 25, 2024, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Visitor Center provides educational exhibits, literature, and in-person communication with an attendant to help plan your stay at Carlyle Lake.

For more information, contact the Carlyle Lake Project Office at (618) 594-2484, email at, or visit the official Carlyle Lake Project Facebook page @carlylelake.