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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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lawrenceville, il
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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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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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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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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Illinois
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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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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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58 reviews 58 reviews
29 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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St. Louis, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

shallow, not the clearest lake..gets windy. But close to STL. :) Kids love the bike trails, riding across the dam and riding into McD or DQ on their bike to eat. Lots of friendly people here. If you have campers in the family, they can stay at the campground, but hotels are right by.

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Carlyle, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

I have been living in the Carlyle area for some years now, and the Lake is like my backyard. There is normally a good wind , however , too much wind and the lake can get rough like any other. Carlyle is a shallower lake , but is still good for Sailing and Fishing. I have spent many long ,... More

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Fairfield, Illinois
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

All of the COE campgrounds around Carlyle lake have asphalt camp pads that are nicely spaced, and most are very, very long. Most fire pits are a couple of years old, and have new concrete patio areas. Dam West sites beside one of the marinas so sailboats come and go, and it sits close to the Visitor Center, and McDonalds... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

If you can get over the brown, dirty water and the poor water quality along with trash and god only knows whats on the bottom, you can have a lot of fun at this place. It's gotten worse over the years though. There's no longer an island for people to all conglomerate and party so they've moved that to a... More

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