BOULDER REC. AREA, IL

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.Created...
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BOULDER CAMPGROUND STANDARD ELECTRIC 8 75 Back-In
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BOULDER CAMPGROUND STANDARD ELECTRIC 8 75 Pull-Through
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BOULDER CAMPGROUND STANDARD ELECTRIC 8 97 Back-In
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BOULDER CAMPGROUND STANDARD ELECTRIC 8 83 Back-In
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BOULDER CAMPGROUND STANDARD ELECTRIC 8 66 Back-In
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BOULDER CAMPGROUND STANDARD ELECTRIC 8 62 Back-In
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BOULDER CAMPGROUND STANDARD ELECTRIC 8 66 Back-In
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BOULDER CAMPGROUND STANDARD ELECTRIC 8 66 Back-In
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BOULDER CAMPGROUND STANDARD ELECTRIC 8 85 Back-In
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BOULDER CAMPGROUND STANDARD ELECTRIC 8 65 Back-In
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BOULDER CAMPGROUND STANDARD ELECTRIC 8 48 Pull-Through
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BOULDER CAMPGROUND STANDARD ELECTRIC 8 65 Back-In
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BOULDER CAMPGROUND STANDARD ELECTRIC 8 50 Back-In
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BOULDER CAMPGROUND STANDARD ELECTRIC 8 61 Back-In
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BOULDER CAMPGROUND STANDARD ELECTRIC 8 75 Back-In
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BOULDER CAMPGROUND STANDARD ELECTRIC 16 73 Back-In
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BOULDER CAMPGROUND STANDARD ELECTRIC 8 67 Back-In
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Overview

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.

Booking Window
Sun Aug 24 2014 - Sat Feb 21 2015

Reservations must be made 3 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 6 Month(s) in advance.

Season Dates

Season Schedule

Park Season Start End
Peak Sun Apr 13 2014 Sun Oct 12 2014
Services 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
Fees and Cancellation Policies

Fees and Cancellation

Fee Information
Payment in full will be charged to your credit card upon completion of the reservation. A $9.00 non-refundable on line reservation fee may be charged for some facilities.

Payment Methods Accepted On-line:
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Changes and Cancellations
A $10.00 service fee will apply if you change or cancel your reservation. Late cancellations are subject to additional fees. For full details see NRRS Reservation Policy


Facility Rates*
Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
Peak Season
Apr 13 2014 -
Oct 12 2014
STANDARD ELECTRIC $16.00-$32.00

*Displayed rates do not reflect discounts, attribute fees (electrical hook-ups / water hook-ups), taxes or incremental charges
**Weekly rates may not be available for all sites
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