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BOULDER REC. AREA, IL

part ofCARLYLE LAKE, US Army Corps of Engineers
Status: Closed through Tue Apr 14 2015   Season Dates
 

Overview

Boulder Recreation Area is situated on the eastern shore of Carlyle Lake, a prime getaway for city-dwellers and families. Located 50 miles east of St. Louis, the area offers the peaceful retreat of a small town combined with the grandeur of Illinois' largest manmade lake.

Natural Features:

Created in 1967, the 26,000-acre lake is recognized as one of the nation's top ten inland sailing lakes and hosts several annual races and regattas.

Carlyle Lake is home to an array of wildlife that can be seen throughout the year. Its waters and shores are a resting spot for migratory waterfowl and other birds. There are six established Watchable Wildlife Sites with viewing towers open to the public around the lake.

Recreation:

The campground provides fun both on the water and on shore. Boat ramps and courtesy docks are provided, and the vast lake allows for plenty of water sports.

Fishing is a popular pastime, and white bass, bluegill, crappie, channel catfish, largemouth bass, freshwater drum, carp, flathead catfish and walleye can be found in abundance.

There is an on-site playground and plenty of open space for children to play in, as well as an amphitheater for educational programs. A multi-use biking and walking trail is located a short drive away at the dam.

Facilities:

The campground sits along the lakeshore and offers ample shade. There are 83 campsites, all of which have a view of the lake with some sites perched directly on the shoreline. Each campsite offers a picnic area, and the campground has modern amenities like flush toilets, showers and drinking water, as well as fuel and boat storage.

Nearby Attractions:

Carlyle Lake Visitor Center, located in the Dam West Recreation Area, has information, a gift shop and nature exhibits, including a 215-gallon aquarium with native fish and a display featuring a live massasauga rattlesnake.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Boat Ramp
  • Accessible Playground
  • Accessible Sites
  • Amphitheater
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Fire Rings
  • Fish Cleaning Stations
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Marina
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Playground
  • Ranger Station
  • Self Pay Station
  • Showers
  • Vault Toilets
Within 10 Miles
  • Biking
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
Know Before You Go
  • Firewood from areas outside of this facility is not permitted due to invasive insects; click here for more info
  • First-come, first-served sites available
  • Click here for a virtual tour of Carlyle Lake
  • Don't Move Firewood: Protect your forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. Visit Dontmovefirewood.org for further information.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
38.69472, -89.23361
38°41'41"N, 89°14'1"W

From I-57, turn west onto Old U.S. Highway 50. Continue for 19 miles through Salem, Odin and Sandoval. Turn north on Boulder Road and follow seven miles to the campground.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

BOULDER REC. AREA
801 LAKE ROAD
CARLYLE  IL  62231-9703

Phone Number:

Information:  (618)594-5253
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