St. Louis District > Missions > Recreation > Carlyle Lake
endless possibilities await you at carlyle lake. grab your gear and enjoy the abundant camping opportunities at six developed campgrounds. hit the water for boating, fishing and swimming; from a relaxing sailboat excursion to fast-paced waterskiing, the 26,000 acres of water in illinois’s largest man-made lake is ready when you are.
contact with us. mariner's village resort. known to many locals and visitors as the "biggest man made lake in illinois," carlyle features the kind of small town charming atmosphere and scenic outdoor beauty worthy of such a title. at the award-winning hotel, il our hotel staff welcomes you to our model town and assures your comfort is a top
carlyle lake has more than 400 first come, first serve picnic sites and eight reservable picnic shelters. both provide some of the best views of the water while you enjoy both great food and company. see you soon! the picnic shelter at bluebell access in dam east south shore is pictured below.
carlyle lake is a hidden peaceful gem. well hidden out in the country is a peaceful lake that rarely gets close to being wild or busy. i see it as a perfect example for kids and to show them what is important.
carlyle lake is a 26,000-acre multipurpose lake administered by the u.s. army corps of engineers. the department of natural resources has a 25-year lease on part of the army corps' property to conduct a variety of habitat management measures aimed at increasing food, shelter and nesting areas for numerous wildlife species.