Carlyle Lake News

Carlyle Lake News
January 2, 2020

CARLYLE LAKE – The Carlyle Lake Project Office in partnership with numerous organizations, agencies, groups, and individuals works hard to organize and host a variety of special events throughout the year. These events would not be possible without the support and dedication from all of our partners, volunteers, and the local community. The Corps is proud to present our 2020 Special Events and the Carlyle Sailing Association’s 2020 Sailing Events. All of these family-friendly events are free and open to the public.

Carlyle Lake 2020 Special Events:

February 8 Eagle Watch (Case-Halstead Library)
February 29 Polar Plunge and 5k Donut Dash
May 15&16 Illinois High School Association State Bass Fishing Finals
May 16 National Kids to Parks Day
May 30 Crappie USA
June 13 King Kat Tournament
June 27 Fireworks Spectacular
August 14 Cruisin’ the Dam Car Show and Cruz-In
September 20 CAPEX Triathlon
October 16&17 Haunted Trail
November 7 Youth Pheasant Hunt

CSA 2020 Sailing Events:

May 16 Try Sailing Day
May 28-30 Adult Sailing Seminar
June 7-12 Junior Sailing Day
June 27 Independence Day Sail and Party
September 12&13 Wale of a Sail Regatta

For more information on any of the events listed above, contact the Carlyle Lake Project Office at (618) 594-2484 or email at

Carlyle Lake Increasing Downstream Releases
CARLYLE LAKE – As of 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 31, 2019 the pool elevation at Carlyle Lake was 446.36 feet, referenced to the National Geodetic Vertical Datum (NGVD), with a release of approximately 4,790 cubic feet per second (cfs). The inflow for Monday, December 30, 2019 was approximately 11,300 day second feet (dsf). With current precipitation on the ground, Carlyle Lake is expected to crest at less than 447.0 on Wednesday, January 1, 2020. In order to free up flood control storage in the lake and to continue to provide benefits to other project purposes, in accordance with the water control plan, downstream releases will be increased to 5,500 cfs on Tuesday, December 31, 2019, with a maximum release of 7,000 cfs approximately on Monday, January 6, 2020.

The Corps of Engineers continues to work closely with their partners, the Carlyle Lake Association, Mid-Kaskaskia River Association and the Okaw River Basin Coalition to monitor the situation. For more information, contact the Carlyle Lake Project Office at (618) 594-2484 or email at

Carlyle Lake Christmas Tree Recycling Project
CARLYLE LAKE – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Carlyle Lake will be collecting used Christmas trees for the annual Christmas Tree Recycling Project. The Corps of Engineers, along with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, uses these trees to provide effective and economical fish habitat at Carlyle Lake.

Christmas trees can be donated from December 26, 2019 through January 31, 2020 at the following locations: Plant Land (located on Old Route 50 east of Breese), Dam East High Water Boat Ramp, and the Little Prairie Nature Trail parking lot, located in the West Spillway at Carlyle Lake.

Every spring, volunteers from various conservation minded organizations and clubs donate their time to help submerge the trees in the lake as fish shelters. These fish shelters provide breeding areas, resting places, and protection. They give young fish much needed living spaces where they can feed on plankton and avoid being preyed upon by larger fish. The protection provided by the trees allows for a large number of fish to grow to maturity and ultimately provide more fish for anglers.

If you are interested in volunteering to help place Christmas trees in the lake in the spring, contact the Carlyle Lake/Kaskaskia Navigation Project Office at (618) 594-2484 or email at