Carlyle Lake News

Carlyle Lake News
September 9, 2019

National Public Lands Day Celebration
CARLYLE LAKE – Join the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Carlyle Lake Project to celebrate National Public Lands Day on Saturday, 28 September 2019 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Little Prairie Nature Trail, located in the West Spillway Recreational Area, Carlyle, Illinois.

This year’s event will focus on the restoration of the Little Prairie Nature Trail. Volunteers will help remove vegetation and spread rock to redefine the trail path. Volunteers who register for the event by Friday, 27 September 2019 will be eligible for one night of free camping at any non-reservable U.S. Army Corps of Engineers campground at Carlyle Lake. To receive free camping, registered volunteers must work a minimum of two hours. Help the Carlyle Lake Project Office celebrate this special day by volunteering to improve and benefit the Little Prairie Nature Trail.

National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer event for public lands. This day brings together hundreds of thousands of individual and organizational volunteers to help restore public lands throughout the country. These are the places Americans use for outdoor recreation, education, and just plain enjoyment. The lands encompass national parks, monuments, wildlife refuges, forests, grasslands, marine sanctuaries, lakes, and reservoirs, as well as state, county, and city parks that are managed by public agencies, but that belong to and are enjoyed by all of us.

Carlyle Lake to Host U.S. Army Reserve Expo
CARLYLE LAKE – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Carlyle Lake Project in partnership with the U.S. Army Reserves and the City of Carlyle will host the U.S. Army Reserve Expo Saturday, 14 September 2019, at 2 p.m. at the Dam West Day Use area. The Expo will consist of a live humanitarian rescue training exercise and exhibits. This event is free to attend and will open to the public at noon.

The training exercise will show civilians trapped on Point 1 due to flooding. Reserve units will set up rescue operations, to include building a temporary bridge to evacuate those stranded and handling medical emergencies as they arise. Following the exercise, the public can explore the equipment used in the training exhibition and meet Soldiers from their local communities.

To accommodate for the event activities, the Dam West Boat Ramp will be closed Tuesday, 10 September 2019 at 10:00pm through Sunday, 15 September 2019 at 8:00pm. Visitors should use Allen Branch and Apache Boat Ramps located in Eldon Hazlet State Park or the Dam East Boat Ramp and Keyesport Boat Ramp which will be available to the general public during this period.

CAPEX Triathlon at Carlyle Lake
CARLYLE LAKE – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Carlyle Lake in partnership with MSE Racing and the City of Carlyle will host the CAPEX Triathlon Sunday, 15 September 2019. The triathlon will begin in the Dam West Day Use Area at 6:30 a.m. and will consist of three groups, sprint, Olympic, and half ironman, competing in a timed swim, bike, and run course. The swim portion will take place on the south side of the Dam West beach. The bike course will start at the Main Dam and will travel North on Clinton and Bond County roads. The route of the run course will take participants through the West Spillway, General Dean Recreation Area, East Spillway, across Saddle Dam II, and the Main Dam. While visiting Carlyle Lake during the triathlon, visitors are encouraged to take extra caution while driving in the areas of the triathlon course.

Due to the number of participants and public safety, Lake Road, located adjacent to the Dam West Recreation Area, will be temporarily closed at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, 14 September until 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, 15 September 2019 to accommodate event setup. The closure will be from the West Spillway entrance to the entrance of Dam West Boat Ramp. The Dam West Boat Ramp, West Spillway Recreation Area, and East Spillway Recreation Area will be closed to the public during the event.

For more information on these event, contact the Carlyle Lake Project Office at (618) 594-2484 or email us at