Parks and Lakes in Southwestern Illinois

Clinton County is most known for being the home to Carlyle Lake, the largest man-made lake in Illinois.

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Carlyle Lake is the gem of the county, consisting of 26,000 acres of water and providing numerous opportunities for recreational activities. Spend the day on the lake fishing, sailing, or boating. There are marinas located around the lake. The lake is home to catfish, bluegill, crappie, flatheads, white bass, and largemouth bass. Scenic hiking and biking trails offer yet another way to experience the Carlyle Lake area. With many nearby parks where you can enjoy other things to do, such as picnics and sporting events, Carlyle Lake is also the perfect destination for family vacations and reunions.

For lodging near the lake, Clinton County offers a wide variety of accommodations from campgrounds and lodges to bed & breakfasts and hotels. So whether you are visiting the area for a vacation or a weekend getaway, you are sure to find the perfect place to stay.

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Carlyle Lake

Visitors Center, 801 Lake Rd, Carlyle, IL 62231

The largest man-made lake in Illinois (26,000 acres), Carlyle Lake is a premier location for outdoor sports. Well known to sailers, it is one of the best and most challenging for sailboats. There is also boating, fishing, hunting, bird watching, … Continue reading ...

Carlyle Sailing Association

20960 Hazlet Park Road, Carlyle, IL 62231

Located in Eldon Hazlet State Park, the marina offers launching facilities, a clubhouse and other amenities. They organize several sailing regattas from May through October....

Breese North Park

Breese, IL 62230

Swimming pool, ball diamonds, tennis courts, shelters, multiple playgrounds, stage for plays and performances....

Village Park

1103 E Hanover St, New Baden, IL 62265

Swimming pool, tennis courts, ball diamonds, soccer field, hockey rink, walking path, playground, sand volleyball court, basketball court, horseshoe pits and picnic facilities....

South Shore State Park

14205 Huey Rd, Carlyle, IL 62231

Southeast side of Carlyle Lake, fishing, boating, picnicking, and controlled deer hunting....

West Access Marina

14222 Lake Rd, Carlyle, IL 62231

Year-round facility on the southwest end of Carlyle Lake; safe, clean facilities, ideally situated for water sports, sailing, fishing and lounging....

DropShot Guide and Tackle Service

324 Douglas Street, Centralia, IL 62801

Fishing Guide Service...

Eldon Hazlet State Park

20100 Hazlet Park Rd, Carlyle, IL 62231

3,000 acre site on the west side of Carlyle Lake; camping, boating, fishing, hunting, picnicking, bird watching, hiking, swimming pool...

Trade Winds Marina

10 Tradewinds Dr, Keyesport, IL 62253

Able to accommodate boats up to 45 ft in covered slips and 40 ft in open slips, Trade Winds Marina is a great place to park your boat. The clubhouse features showers, restrooms, and a lounging area for members. A … Continue reading ...