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Carlyle Lake

Address: Carlyle, IL
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Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Carlyle
Type: Bodies of water, Nature & Parks
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Type: Bodies of water, Nature & Parks

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Carterville, Illinois
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66 reviews 66 reviews
33 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

Beautiful lake and area. Well maintained, very clean. Lots of room for lots of people. Motel, cottages, campgrounds, rv parks, restaurant, visitor center, marinas, boat launches, sailing, bank and boat fishing, beaches, playground, picnic areas, walking and biking paths, waterfowl, variety of wooded and ag lands. All convenient to IL Rt 127 and Carlyle town.

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Joplin, Missouri
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83 reviews 83 reviews
39 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Yes the lake is muddy. But the people we talked to were very friendly and helpful. The boat docks and restroom facilities were clean and well maintained. There was adequate parking, and the visitor center was very nice. The proximity to the town of Carlyle makes it handy for last minute provisions and "fast" food.

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Alto Pass, Illinois
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23 reviews 23 reviews
3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We just enjoyed camping 5 days at Dam West...the cleanest and the best shower houses...beautiful lake view every morning all day! Nice people taking reserve.Clean campground!Nice little town with plenty food choices..grocery stores..just everything you need and very close..also has marina..beach and hotel.

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Rockford, Illinois
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We just experienced a beautiful weekend camping at Eldon Hazlet Campground at Carlyle Lake. The campground was beautiful, very clean and very accommodating. We would definitely camp here again. We were very disenchanted at the beach that was available nearby. There was a terrible terrible stagnant or dead smell and the sand was a construction grade dirty sand. The pool... More 

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Waterloo, Illinois
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83 reviews 83 reviews
26 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Nothing relieves stress better than a hike through nature and Eldon Hazlet State Park on Carlyle Lake in southern Illinois provides some very peaceful walks through the woods. On this beautiful summer day we hiked the Cherokee Trail - three interlocking loops that totaled about 3 miles. They took us through peaceful forested land, along the edge of Carlyle Lake... More 

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Effingham, Illinois
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

lake Carlyle its the largest Manmade lake in Illinois a great place for fun and relaxation!!!! gonna be going back there soon on a Camping trip ,looking forward to it.

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Centralia, Illinois
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67 reviews 67 reviews
19 attraction reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

Popular Carlyle Lake Is HUGE - It Is An Easy 1-Hour (70-Mile) Drive Due East of St. Louis & Is About 20+Miles Long & Up To 4-Miles Wide. It's Great For Swimming (From It's Sand Beaches), Sailing, Marina, Power Boating, Shaed Areas For Picnicking, Exploring It's Small Museum, Playgrounds, Hiking, Camping, & Lodging (Are All Located At It's Southern End)... More 

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lawrenceville, il
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

Carlyle Lake is beautiful... and we had the pleasure of staying the weekend there.... however the cabins we stayed at weren't the best we have ever had the pleasure of renting.... there lake and all it's beauty is simply breathtaking.... and when we stumbled upon a little lodge to eat some dinner.... we simply fell in love Bretz Wildlife Lodge... More 

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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

The water is extremely dirty. Nice campgrounds around the lake. Cool haunted trail at little prairie nature trail in October. Most local residents are very unfriendly. Don't recommend swimming in lake especially if you have any open wounds such as a cut or scratch.

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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

What a welcoming place! A Lodge in a beautiful setting close to Carlyle Lake, Carlyle, Illinois. There are many things to do and see here, you will be amazed! A beautiful water fountain, with a bridge over the water that's stocked with goldfish. They have food right there for you to feed them. A beautiful pavilion, outside bar, winery, and... More 

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