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McNair Group Area

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About This Campground

US Army Corps of Engineers

McNair Group Area has a reservable group shelter on the southern shore of Carlyle Lake, a prime getaway for city-dwellers and families. Located 50 miles east of St. Louis, the area offers the peaceful retreat of a small town combined with the grandeur of Illinois' largest man-made…

Site Types

  • Tent Sites
  • RV Sites
  • Group

Features

For Campers

  • Trash
  • Picnic Table
  • Electric Hookups
  • Toilets
  • Alcohol
  • Pets
  • Fires

For Vehicles

  • Pull-Through Sites
  • 30 amp Hookups
  • 50 amp Hookups
  • Water Hookups
  • Max Length: 117 ft.

Access

  • Drive In
    Park next to your campsite

Reviews

1 Review of McNair Group Area

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Dave W.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2020

Nice campground on the lake.

Nice clean, quiet campground. Lots of fisherman. Spaces are decently spaced. No trash. Sites have electric. $18night

Location

McNair Group Area is located in Illinois

Directions

From I-57, take Old U.S. Highway 50 west for 22 miles to the Dam East Entrance road. Turn north and continue through the four-way intersection to the McNair Group Area.

Coordinates

38.61332344 N
89.3379214 W

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About This Campground

McNair Group Area has a reservable group shelter on the southern shore of Carlyle Lake, a prime getaway for city-dwellers and families. Located 50 miles east of St. Louis, the area offers the peaceful retreat of a small town combined with the grandeur of Illinois' largest man-made lake.

Recreation

The area 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 white bass, bluegill, crappie, channel catfish, largemouth bass, freshwater drum, carp, flathead catfish and walleye can be found in abundance.

There is an on-site playground and plenty of open space for children to play in, as well as an amphitheater for educational programs.

Facilities

McNair Group Area has one reservable group picnic shelter that accommodate up to 80 people, as well as 32 first-come, first-served individual campsites. The facility also provides a swimming beach, bathhouses and laundry facilities. McNair has a nature trail and a multi-use trail, and is connected to the Dam East facilities.

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

Carlyle Lake Visitor Center, located in the Dam West Recreation Area, has information, a gift shop and nature exhibits, including a 215-gallon aquarium with native fish and a display featuring a live massasauga rattlesnake.

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