Enjoying Labor Day Weekend In Clinton County, IL

Labor Day Weekend, the official wind-down of the season, offers unwritten permission to take advantage of all that summer 2018 still has to offer here in Clinton County, Illinois. Whether you like being by the water or chilling out with a drink and music, here are a few of the options to keep you and your family engaged and happy.

Three kids playing in the sand on the beach by the lake. Title: Finding fun in the last days of summer.Carlyle Lake, the largest man-made lake in Illinois, is fun central all summer long, and Labor Day weekend is a highlight. Pack a picnic and head to the beach for a day of swimming, volleyball, and relaxing. Rather be on the water? Stop by the Dam West Pontoon Boat Rentals, and enjoy a slow turn around the lake. Or visit West Access Marina to check out their selection of small to medium rentals. For those who prefer a little wind in their sale, the Carlyle Lake Sailing Club has sailboats that can be rented by qualified skippers for half or full days. Or stop by on Sunday afternoon September 2, 2018, to take in the CSA Pursuit Races, a laid-back challenge on a set long distance course.
Dam West Pontoon Boat Rentals
14222 Lake Road, Carlyle
Daily, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

West Access Marina
14222 Lake Road, Carlyle
Daily, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Carlyle Lake Sailing Club
20960 Hazlet Park Road, Carlyle

Several of our Clinton County Wineries will be hosting events over the Labor Day weekend (as they do many other weekends too). Friday through Sunday, Hidden Lake Winery in Aviston has live music on its patio. Stop by and enjoy wine and a light meal or snack from their onsite kitchen.

It’s Sangria Sunday at Roundhouse Winery on the afternoon of September 2, which means refreshing drinks and the tunes of Lon-L and the Petty Thieves.

And all weekend long, you’ll find live music in the evenings at Bretz Wildlife Lodge and Winery in Carlyle. Feel like a little manly competition? The venue is hosting an 8-Man Invitational Arm Wrestling Tournament on Saturday, September 1 with several weight classes and $3,000 in cash prizes.

Hidden Lake Winery
10580 Wellen Road, Aviston, IL
Friday-Saturday, August 31-September 1, 7:00 p.m. -11:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 2, 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Roundhouse Winery
1938 Dogwood Lane, Centralia
Sangria Sunday, September 2, 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Bretz Wildlife Lodge and Winery
15469 State Route 127, Carlyle, IL
Friday-Saturday, 8:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.
Sunday, 6:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Arm Wrestling Tournament: Saturday, September 1, 2018; 1:00 p.m start
Information: 618-978-2104

And of course there will be plenty of barbecuing going on throughout the County, both in our back yards and at our favorite local BBQ joints, such as Whelan’s Barbecue Shack and A Fine Swine.

Don’t miss the fun. Come celebrate Labor Day in Clinton County!

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