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MCNAIR GROUP AREA, IL

McNair Group Area has a reservable group shelter 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...
Status: Open through Sun Sep 28 2014   Season Dates

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  • First-come, first-served sites are available
  • Campsites are single capacity; no double capacity or buddy sites are available
  • Firewood from areas outside of this facility is not permitted due to invasive insects; click here for more info
  • Click here for a virtual tour of Carlyle Lake
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Electric Hookup Full Hookup - no
Pets Allowed Near Water - no
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Overview

Overview

McNair Group Area has a reservable group shelter 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 area 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.

Facilities:

McNair Group Area has one reservable group picnic shelter that accommodate up to 80 people, as well as 32 first-come, first-served individual campsites. The facility also provides a swimming beach, bathhouses and laundry facilities. McNair has a nature trail and a multi-use trail, and is connected to the Dam East facilities.

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
Sat Sep 20 2014 - Thu Sep 17 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 Tue Apr 29 2014 Sun Sep 28 2014
Peak Fri May 01 2015 Sat Oct 31 2015
Services and Amenities
Within Facility
  • Accessible Campsites
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Bait Shop
  • Beach
  • Biking
  • Birding
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Campfire Rings
  • Dock
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Fish Cleaning Stations
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Fuel Available
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Lake Access
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Playground
  • Restaurant
  • Self Pay Station
  • Showers
  • Swimming
  • Tent Pads
  • Trash Collection
  • Water Skiing
  • Wildlife Viewing
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 29 2014 -
Sep 28 2014
GROUP STANDARD AREA ELECTRIC $50.00
Peak Season
May 01 2015 -
Oct 31 2015
GROUP STANDARD AREA ELECTRIC $50.00

*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, -89.325
38°36'30"N, 89°19'30"W

From I-57, take Old U.S. Highway 50 west for 22 miles to the Dam East Entrance road. Turn north and continue through the four-way intersection to the McNair Group Area.
Contact Information

Mailing Address:

MCNAIR GROUP AREA
801 LAKE ROAD
CARLYLE  IL  62231

Phone Number:

Information:  (618)594-5253