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Carlyle Lake

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Address: Carlyle, IL
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Nice beaches, beautiful lake

This lake is gigantic. There are 4 public beaches for swimming and numerous docks, etc. Eldon Hazlet State Park has beautiful campsites and a clean, big swimming pool. We... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 27, 2016
Anne F
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Marshall, Illinois
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Granite City, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We always enjoy camping at Eldon Hazlet State Park. We have been coming here since we bought our first tent camper in 1993. We have had several units since then but come here at least 3-4 times a year. It's only an hour drive from our home in Granite City IL. We came for the Perseid Meteor shower but unfortunately... More 

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Wood River, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Dam west: nice campground with clean flush toilet bathrooms. There are many full hook up sites that are spacious. The main beach is right next to the camp ground as well as a restaurant. Right outside the campground is a McDonald's and Walmart. Coles creek: nice flat camp with many full hookup sites. However, the sites by the water do... More 

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O'Fallon, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is one of those little gems that "locals" frequent including me. So you know it has to be nice. It's a little out of the way but only 10 miles from town if you need it. The trailer pads are decently level, there is decent space between sites so you're not on top of your neighbor. There is a... More 

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Marshall, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

This lake is gigantic. There are 4 public beaches for swimming and numerous docks, etc. Eldon Hazlet State Park has beautiful campsites and a clean, big swimming pool. We stayed in an air conditioned cottage at the state park. We had planned to camp, but the temperature was in the 90's, so we rented a cottage. We enjoyed our stay,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016 via mobile

Something for everyone ,young and old, great fishing, swimming beaches and nature trails ,lots of picnic and barbecue locations

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Eureka, Missouri, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

I have camped at Hazlet State Park and Dam West campground (corp of engineer). Both camp grounds are well maintained. The bathrooms are in good shape too. Each area had camp sites that over look the lake, which is great. There is a marina, swimming beach, big playground... all near by. I recommend checking it out.

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Bluffton, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016

You would never know that is a Great lake to sail on and the Olympic Team apparently have held a trial here. It is wide open and has great air. The place is really habited by motor boats for water skiing and fishing.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2016 via mobile

I had never been camping, and my boyfriend took me to this lake. It is beautiful! We watched sunrise and sunset and moonglow on the water. We watched ducks and geese, herons, gulls, egrets, a curious groundhog, and a coyote, plus numerous squirrels and birds. We later took a drive almost the entire way around the lake, with its many... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2016

There are several recreational and wildlife sanctuaries located in Illinois and Caryle Lake is the largest man-made lake in the state and the largest lake wholly contained within the state. Created by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which built Carlyle Dam across the Kaskaskia River, thus creating a reservoir of 26,000 acres largely located in Clinton County with smaller... More 

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Greenville, IL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2016

Nice lake to visit in the summer. Always nice to walk the dam and get in some exercise... Nice camping & walmart is close by.

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