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Established Camping

Coles Creek Recreation Area

About

US Army Corps of Engineers

Carlyle Lake

Overview

Coles Creek Campground is situated on the eastern shore of Carlyle Lake, a prime getaway for city-dwellers and families. Located 50 miles east of St. Louis and a few miles from the town of Carlyle, the area offers the peaceful retreat of a small town combined with the grandeur of Illinois' largest man-made lake.

Recreation

Coles Creek Campground 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 the lake offers year-round varieties of fish such as bluegill, crappie, channel catfish, flathead catfish, white bass, largemouth bass, freshwater drum, carp and walleye. There are multiple playgrounds on-site, as well as a swimming beach and an amphitheater for educational programs. A multi-use biking and walking trail is located a short drive away at the dam.

Facilities

Coles Creek Campground 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 the lake offers year-round varieties of fish such as bluegill, crappie, channel catfish, flathead catfish, white bass, largemouth bass, freshwater drum, carp and walleye. There are multiple playgrounds on-site, as well as a swimming beach and an amphitheater for educational programs. A multi-use biking and walking trail is located a short drive away at the dam.

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.

Nearby Attractions

The Carlyle Lake Visitor Center, located in the Dam West Recreation Area, has information available and nature exhibits on display, including a 215-gallon aquarium with native fish.

Charges & Cancellations

Camping No Show - Camping no-show customers who do not arrive at the campground or group facility by check-out time the day after arrival or does not cancel the reservation by check out time on the day after the scheduled arrival date will be assessed a $20.00 service fee and forfeit their reservation. If the no-show service fee is greater than the reservation amount, the customer will not be charged any additional service fees. Cancellations - A customer who cancels a reservation the day before or on the day of arrival will pay a $10.00 service fee AND forfeit the first night's use fee (not to exceed the total paid for the original reservation). Cancellations for a one-night reservation will forfeit the entire amount paid and will not be subject to an additional service fee.

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Location

Coles Creek Recreation Area is located in Illinois

Detail location of campground

Directions

From I-57, take Old U.S. Route 50 west for 19 miles through Salem, Odin and Sandoval. Turn north on Boulder Road and continue for 4 miles, then turn onto 1700 and continue until the road connects with 2400. Continue south to the Coles Creek entrance. Address: 16225 Coles Creek RD, Carlyle, IL 62231

Address

801 LAKE ROAD
Carlyle, IL 62231-9703

Coordinates

38.6569444 N
89.2602778 W

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Access

  • Drive-In
    Park next to your site
  • Walk-In
    Park in a lot, walk to your site.
  • Boat-In
    Sites accessible by watercraft.

Stay Connected

  • WiFi
    Unknown
  • Verizon
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  • AT&T
    Unknown
  • T-Mobile
    Unknown

Site Types

  • Tent Sites
  • RV Sites
  • Standard (Tent/RV)
  • Group
  • Tent Cabin

Features

For Campers

  • Market
  • Trash
  • Picnic Table
  • Firewood Available
  • Phone Service
  • Drinking Water
  • Electric Hookups
  • Toilets
  • Alcohol
  • Pets
  • Fires

For Vehicles

  • Sanitary Dump
  • Sewer Hookups
  • Water Hookups
  • Pull-Through Sites
  • Big Rig Friendly

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14 Reviews

K
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2022

Drive through while camping nearby

I did a drive through while camping nearby. This campground had nice sites with plenty of space and shade. What I was most impressed with was the cleanliness of the bathroom. I have included a pic

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Month of VisitOctober
  • Review photo of Coles Creek Recreation Area by Keri B., September 20, 2022
  • Review photo of Coles Creek Recreation Area by Keri B., September 20, 2022
Sam W.
Reviewed Aug. 7, 2022

Great campsite with lots of sites

Great campsite has lots of sites including a section just for first come first serve. Very nice some campsites have a pretty nice view of the lake but even the ones that don't are very clean and big and nice. Only reason it's 4 stars and not 5 Is because it is decently buggy.

Site109
Month of VisitSeptember
  • Review photo of Coles Creek Recreation Area by Sam W., August 7, 2022
Joel R.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Apr. 20, 2021

Nice lake, quiet campground

Coles Creek Campground on Carlyle Lake has 219 sites, most with full hookups, and shade. (There is 30 & 50 a as no service). Internet is spotty. There are also 2 group campsites with cabins. There are showers, flush toilet, a playground, fish cleaning station, boat ramp and a dump station. There is also a laundry area. All the campsites are either on the shoreline or a short walk to the lake. The whole campground is fairly flat, so the sites are level and easy to get into. There are a few pull through sites. Comes Creek is on the east side of Carlyle Lake, away from the larger, more crowded Hazlet State Park area. It’s a great place for fishing and boating or just enjoying the lake. The lake is a prime fishing and boating lake, and is recognized as one of the nation's top ten inland sailing lakes.

Month of VisitMay
  • Review photo of Coles Creek Recreation Area by Joel R., April 20, 2021
  • Review photo of Coles Creek Recreation Area by Joel R., April 20, 2021
  • Review photo of Coles Creek Recreation Area by Joel R., April 20, 2021
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C
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2021

Always a favorite

I have literally spent weeks here. I used to come out here alone for a week to prepare for big college exams. Such a peaceful atmosphere. Great place for families and a big choice in types of sites.

C
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2021

My kind of place.

Big sites. Been coming here since the trees were just saplings. For us it is a little farther drive but a pretty campground.

J
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2020

Go Swimming

This wonderful camping area is beautiful with clean campsites. With picnic areas and a beach close you and the family will have a good time and make new friends. With sevral areas to choose from this is a wonderful campground.

  • Review photo of Coles Creek Recreation Area by Jake L., October 27, 2020
  • Review photo of Coles Creek Recreation Area by Jake L., October 27, 2020
Amurican L.
Reviewed Aug. 26, 2020

Very well kept

I was thoroughly impressed with the upkeep of this area. The campground is well maintained and has plenty of hiking area, fishing area, and playing/swimming area for children. Everything at this place was decent. The only thing I would change is the ONE dump station for this massive campground. Corps of Engineers to well on this place!

  • Review photo of Coles Creek Recreation Area by Amurican L., August 26, 2020
b K.
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2020

Great campground on Carlyle Lake, IL

Coles Creek is a nice, large campground located on Carlyle Lake in Illinois. It has full hook up, 50 amp sites with many located right on the water! Although not the most conveniently located campground to stores and restaurants, they are just a short 15 minute drive away.

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  • Review photo of Coles Creek Recreation Area by b K., April 29, 2020
  • Review photo of Coles Creek Recreation Area by b K., April 29, 2020
Chelsea D.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2019

Southern Illinois treasure

This is our favorite campground in Central/southern illinois. The sites are very nice and most have shade. There is a beach for campers to use, and a really nice playground. Their bathrooms and showerhouse were impeccably clean, and many sites are right next to the lake.

  • Review photo of Coles Creek Recreation Area by Chelsea D., October 6, 2019
  • Review photo of Coles Creek Recreation Area by Chelsea D., October 6, 2019
S
Reviewed Jul. 8, 2019

Camping Without Equal

This place is unlike any other. Very clean, usually quiet, rangers drive through everyday making sure all is well with everyone. There is swimming, fires, biking, walking, pretty much everything you’d need when one thinks of camping. Very decently priced. There is something for everyone whether you have just a tent, or a pop up, or a full size RV! If you camp, this HAS to be a place you at least try. Amazing people.

R
Reviewed Jun. 14, 2019

Another Wonderful COE Campground

We visit this campground on a regular basis. Large waterfront campsites, full hookup loop, and 4 other large loops that have electric. Nice new bath house for those who need it. This is a COE campground and takes our senior pass. If you are needing a full hookup site, make sure you book early!
Great campground for taking long walks and bike rides.

Rhonda M.
Reviewed May. 15, 2019

Best COE to date

Clean. Friendly staff. Beautiful area

Rhonda M.
Reviewed May. 15, 2019

Best COE campground

Very, very clean. Beautiful area. Friendly staff

Sarra W.
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2016

Great place

Loved it here!

  • Review photo of Coles Creek Recreation Area by Sarra W., October 1, 2016

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Coles Creek Recreation Area have RV hookups?

According to TheDyrt.com, Coles Creek Recreation Area has water hookups and sewer hookups.

What is the max vehicle length at Coles Creek Recreation Area?

Coles Creek Recreation Area allows vehicles up to 115 feet.

Are fires allowed at Coles Creek Recreation Area?

Yes, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, fires are allowed at Coles Creek Recreation Area, although make sure to check current fire restrictions in the area.

Does Coles Creek Recreation Area have wifi?

No, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, Coles Creek Recreation Area does not have wifi.

How hard is it to get a campsite at Coles Creek Recreation Area?

Some campers book as far as 6 months in advance, so on high-demand weekends it can be very difficult to get a campsite at Coles Creek Recreation Area. If you want to get a last-minute campsite at Coles Creek Recreation Area, try setting up a text message Alert at TheDyrt.com/alerts

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