DAM WEST SPILLWAY, IL

Dam West Spillway has a reservable group picnic shelter situated on the southern 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'...
Status: Open through Sun Sep 28 2014   Season Dates

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  • Day-use only
  • Shelter hours are 8 a.m. until 10 p.m. daily
  • 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
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DAM WEST SPILLWAY GROUP SHELTER ELECTRIC 75 0 Back-In
Electric Hookup Full Hookup - no
Pets Allowed Near Water - no
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Overview

Overview

Dam West Spillway has a reservable group picnic shelter situated on the southern 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 man-made 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:

This facility has one reservable group picnic shelter that can host up to 75 people, as well as an accessible fishing pier and several amenities. It is within walking distance of a marina and boat storage facility and connected to the Dam West Day Use Area and Recreation Area, which offers a campground. The Carlyle Municipal Pool is a short drive away.

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
Mon Aug 04 2014 - Sat Aug 01 2015

Reservations must be made 3 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 12 Month(s) in advance.

Season Dates

Season Schedule

Park Season Start End
Peak Mon Apr 28 2014 Sun Sep 28 2014
Services and Amenities
Within Facility
  • Accessible Fishing Dock
  • Boating
  • Drinking Water
  • Fish Cleaning Stations
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Interpretive Trails
  • Pit Toilets
  • Playground
Within 10 Miles
  • General Store
  • Restaurant
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 28 2014 -
Sep 28 2014
GROUP SHELTER ELECTRIC $30.00

*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):
38.60833, -89.35833
38°36'30"N, 89°21'30"W

From I-70, take State Route 127 south to Carlyle and turn east on William Road. Continue for 1/2-mile to Lake Road and turn south, following signs to the park.
Contact Information

Mailing Address:

DAM WEST SPILLWAY
801 LAKE ROAD
CARLYLE  IL  62231-9703

Phone Number:

Information:  (618)594-5253
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