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Carlyle Lake

Carlyle, IL
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Ranked #1 of 3 attractions in Carlyle
Type: Bodies of Water
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Rockford, Illinois
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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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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22 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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
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3 attraction reviews
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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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57 reviews 57 reviews
15 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 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
2 helpful votes 2 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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3 attraction reviews
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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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Texico
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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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Illinois
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11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

when we were kids we used to swim here a lot, pretty stinky anymore especially main beach. They do have nice camping, but be real careful boating, way too many shallow places all over lake, and sometimes a lot of debris floating about.

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Hannibal, Missouri
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

I have been to Carlyle Lake vefore. I used to visit my grandparents as a child and we would camp at carlyle. The lake doesn't seem to be as clean as I remember. The campground however is just as quiet as I remembered

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Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
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66 reviews 66 reviews
32 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

A beautiful place for camping, boating or just a day outing. Nice beach area at the West Access. Remember to bring small bills because you need to pay in a drop box per car and per swimmer etc. Multiple boat ramps. Pontoon boats available for rent. Lovely place to watch the sail boats on the water or get active and... More

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