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Eldon Hazlet State Recreation Area, IL

It seems appropriate for the largest campground in the Illinois state park system to be located on the largest man-made lake in Illinois. Eldon Hazlet State Park is a 3,000-acre park on the west shore of Crlyle Lake, a Kaskaskia River impoundment. The park is located 3 miles north of Carlyle...

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It seems appropriate for the largest campground in the Illinois state park system to be located on the largest man-made lake in Illinois. Eldon Hazlet State Park is a 3,000-acre park on the west shore of Crlyle Lake, a Kaskaskia River impoundment. The park is located 3 miles north of Carlyle and 2 miles east of Illinois Route 127 in Clinton County. More than 900,000 visitors come to the park annually to camp, boat, fish, hunt, picnic, birdwatch and to hike the9 miles of trails in the park, or attend the sailboat regattas held almost every summer weekend. Whatever type of recreation you choose, it's probably offered at Carlyle Lake. Eldon Hazlet State Park is probably best known for its camping facilities. The Illini Campground has 327 Class A campsites with 30 and 50 amp electrical hook-ups for trailers, 35 Class C campsites for walk-in tent camping, and 2 Rent-a-Camp cabins. Some of the Class A campsites are accessible to individuals in wheelchairs. The campground occupies almost 1 & 1/2 miles of the Carlyle Lake shoreline, and most of the campsites are within easy reach of the water. Many campers keep their boats in the protected coves that are located along the campground.

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • Amphitheater
  • Archery
  • Basketball Net/Court
  • Bicycling
  • Bird Watching
  • Boat Launch Ramp
  • Boating
  • Cabins
  • Campground Host
  • Camping, Improved Site
  • Camping, Primitive
  • Cottages
  • Dock, Boat
  • Dock, Fishing
  • Dump Station, Camper
  • Fire Rings
  • First Aid Supplies
  • Fish Cleaning Station
  • Fish Hatchery
  • Fishing
  • Fishing, Park Lake
  • Fishing, Pier
  • Fishing, Reservoir
  • Grills
  • Group/Community Facility
  • Hiking
  • Hiking - Difficult
  • Hiking - Moderate
  • Hiking Trail
  • Historic Sites
  • Horseshoe Pits
  • Hunting
  • Information/Contact Station
  • Interpretive Trail
  • Interpretive Waysides
  • Jet Skiing
  • Jogging/Running
  • Kiosk
  • Laundry
  • Lodging, Cabins
  • Maintenance, Facility
  • Maintenance, Vehicle
  • Meeting Space
  • Motel
  • Nature Study
  • Newspapers
  • Office/Ranger Station
  • Park Lake
  • Parking
  • Pay Telephone
  • Photography
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Pavilion
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnicking
  • Playground
  • Powerboating
  • Programs, Nature
  • Propane
  • Recreation Programs
  • Restrooms
  • Retail, Bait & Tackle
  • Retail, Drinks
  • Retail, Firewood
  • Retail, Seasonal Concessions
  • Retail, Snacks
  • Retail, Store/Gift Shop
  • Retail, Supplies
  • Sail Boarding
  • Sail Boating
  • Shelters
  • Showers
  • Stargazing
  • Sunbathing
  • Swimming - Pool
  • Swimming, Pool
  • Toilet, Pit/Vault
  • Trails, Difficult Hiking
  • Trails, Easy Hiking/Walking
  • Trails, Moderate Hiking
  • Trails, Mountain Bike
  • Viewing Platform/Overlook
  • Volleyball
  • Volleyball Net
  • Walking
  • Water Skiing
  • Water, Drinking
  • Wildflower Viewing
  • Wildlife Viewing
Less Than 1 Mile
  • Fishing, River/Stream
  • Putt-putt
Greater Than 1 Mile
  • Gardens, Botanical Displ
Within 10 Miles
  • Antiquing
  • Area attraction
  • Ball Field
  • Car Rentals
  • Cash Machine/Atm
  • Church
  • Cultural Activities
  • Dining
  • Emergency Services
  • Field Sports/Activities
  • Fruit / Produce Picking
  • Fuel, Boats
  • Fuel, Vehicles
  • Golf
  • Golfing
  • Grocery Store
  • Hospital
  • Interpretive Center
  • Interpretive Exhibit/Display
  • Kennel
  • Maintenance, Boat
  • Maintenance, RV/Camper
  • Marina
  • Ocean/Beach Access
  • Putt-Putt Course
  • Rentals, Boat, Motorized
  • Restaurant
  • Seasonal Festivals
  • Shopping
  • Sightseeing
  • Tennis
  • Trails, Bicycle
  • Water Access, Park Lake
Greater Than 10 Miles
  • Airport
  • Mall
  • Museum
  • Theme Park
  • Winery Tours
Alerts and Important Information
Shelter Reservations are non-refundable unless the area is closed by the Department, in this circumstance the Site Manager will contact you prior to your reservation date to cancel and issue your refund.

For a campsite, a "Single Family" consisting of 4 related adults with or with children occupying the same shelter are allowed; or a "Single Group" consisting of 4 unrelated adults with or without children occupying the same shelter are allowed. * A responsible adult (18 years of age or older) from the camping party must register for the party and thereby acknowledge compliance with the rules and regulations of the park for the party. * Special camping rate reductions apply to Illinois residents only * Group size and number of vehicles cannot exceed the established maximums * The maximum length of camping stay from May 1 through September 30 is 14 nights in any 30 day period * All pets must be on a leash. Pet owners are responsible for their animal's waste and must dispose of it properly * All visitors are required to leave the park at or before 10:00PM * Groups of 25 or more are required to register in advance with the park office *Large group gatherings or parties which are disruptive to the normal atmosphere of the campground are not permitted. Picnic shelters are available for group gatherings. . *All fires must be in the grill/fire pit provided. NO GROUND FIRES! *.Violations of the campground regulations may be cause for eviction. * We hope you enjoy your stay or event. Remember, take only memories, leave only footprints.

For specific park information or questions regarding your reservation, please call the Park Office at 618-594-3015.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

Eldon Hazlet State Recreation Area
20100 Hazlet Park Road
Carlyle  IL  62231

Phone Number:

Information:  (618)594-3015