Weekend Activites at Carlyle Lake

May 16, 2014

Great Outdoors Scavenger Hunt at Carlyle Lake

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will host a Great Outdoors Scavenger Hunt on Saturday, May 17, 2014 at the Carlyle Lake Visitor Center to commemorate National Park Trust’s (NPT) Third Annual National Kids to Parks Day. This event is open to children ages 5 to15. A parent or gaurdian will be required to accompany children who are between the ages of 5 and 10. Registration will begin at 9:00 a.m. followed by the scavenger hunt at 9:30 a.m. Participants will have an hour to complete the hunt. Prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers who find all the items on the scavenger hunt list. All participants will receive prizes. After the hunt, park rangers will present “Natures Treasures” an environmental program to educate participants about the natural items on their scavenger hunt list.

At a time when an obesity epidemic affects nearly 1 in 3 children who are either overweight or obese, communities are witnessing sky-rocketing rates of high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and elevated cholesterol levels in children. Parks and cities across the nation are committing to a simple motto: “active kids are healthy kids” and encouraging their residents to use National Kids to Parks Day as the first of many days spent outdoors or at local parks and recreation sites to develop a more active and healthy lifestyle.

For additional information on the scavenger hunt please contact the Carlyle Lake Project Office at (618) 594-2484 or email at carlylelake@usace.army.mil.

Gateway Triathlon at Carlyle Lake

3 Disciplines Racing will be hosting the Gateway Triathlon at Carlyle Lake on Sunday, May 18, 2014. The triathlon will begin in the Dam West Day Use Area at 8:00 a.m. and will consist of two groups, beginner and advanced, competing in a timed swim, run and bike course. The swim portion will take place on the south side of the main beach. The route of the run course will take participants South from the main dam through the city streets of Carlyle. The bike course will start at the main dam and will travel North on Clinton and Bond County roads. 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, May 17, 2014 until 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 18, 2014 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 and West Spillway Recreation Area will remain open to the public during the event.

For more information on the event, contact the Carlyle Lake Project Office at (618) 594-2484 or email us at carlylelake@usace.army.mil.