The Kaskaskia Watershed Association’s 16th Annual Summit is scheduled for Monday March 7th, 2016 at the Mariner’s Village Conference Center. This event will run from 9:00am – 2:00pm. This year’s theme: Planning for Implementation of Critical Projects.
Over the past 16 years the Summit has brought together a diverse group of speakers that have helped with the understanding of our resources and the diversity of laws that we work with. This year we have achieved our goal to get a Comprehensive Plan started for the Watershed. We have been working it for over 10 years. This plan will identify Critical Projects for Implementation. We are poised to access the authorization in Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) for up to $20,000,000 for critical projects.
In addition to the Comprehensive Restoration Plan for the entire watershed we are fortunate to have each of the projects – Lake Shelbyville, Carlyle Lake and the Kaskaskia River Project update their Master Plans. You will hear about the progress and be able to provide input into those plans.
The Flood of 2015-16 will also be featured along with the benefits of the projects that reduced downstream impacts. This presentation is quite compelling.
Elected officials in the watershed or their representatives will be available for comments and to converse with you on issues that are near and dear to your concerns.
Pre-registration is required by Wednesday, March 2, 2016. To register for the event, contact Ms. Roberta LaSalvia at HeartLands Conservancy by calling (618) 566-4451 ext. 12 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org There is a $15.00 registration fee to cover the cost of lunch and refreshments that can be paid at the door.
For more information please contact the Carlyle Lake/Kaskaskia River Project Office at (618)594-2484 or email email@example.com.
The recreation opportunities at Carlyle Lake continue to increase! With greater accessibility to paddle boats, canoes and kayaks thanks to local businesses offering a variety of boat rentals, the Army Corps of Engineers has recently released a new map dedicated entirely to the enjoyment and safety of the public and their growing use of these small boats. Read More
If you are thinking about visiting Carlyle Lake, be sure to visit the Carlyle Lake Virtual Tour! Provided by the US Army Corps of Engineers, this tour explores the Carlyle lake Visitors Center, General Dean Recreation area, Dam Spillways, Eldon Hazlet State Park, Marinas, Camping sites and more. Get an incredible glimpse of the area before you arrive! Read More
Cruisin’ the Dam is the largest gathering of classic cars in the St. Louis metro area. Many classic vehicles show up there including: classic cars, stock cars, drag cars, and custom bikes. This event allows car enthusiast to cruise over the dam, and check out vendors, games, auctions, food and more. This year’s event was held August 14th 2015. The main event was held at Mariner’s Village from 4:30pm to 10:00pm.
Dam West Pontoon Rentals
Located at the Dam West Marina
Carlyle, IL 62231
The Fish House
13551 Dam East Access Rd.
Carlyle, IL 62231
911 Fairfax Street
Carlyle, Illinois 62231
Located in downtown Carlyle, The Lubar offers ice cold beer, wine, mixed cocktails, frozen drinks or other house-made favorite’s like a LuLu Bucket or Sangria. And not to mention the great menu items from sandwiches to pizza and so much more…
5 Resort Drive
Carlyle, Illinois 62231
Located before the Dam West Recreational area in front of the Mariners Village Resort the restaurant is open year round and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
The Carlyle Lake Bike Trail, is a cooperative effort between the City of Carlyle and the US Army Corps of Engineers at Carlyle Lake! The Trail is comprised of bike trails and routes that connect the City to the southern edge of Carlyle Lake and public lands maintained by the Corps. It’s a great way to tour Carlyle and take in great views of the Lake and adjacent farmland, prairie, and wetlands.
The Trail consists of looped routes within the City that take you through historic neighborhoods, main commercial districts, restaurants, shops. It also consists of an out-and-back ride along the top of the Carlyle Lake Dam and saddle dams maintained by the US Army Corps of Engineers and the Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources. All told, over 20 miles of bike routes and trails are presented.
More than 9 miles of trails are available to hikers at Eldon Hazlet. The 3-mile Cherokee Trail has three separate loops that pass through a mature oak-hickory forest over gently rolling terrain, offering great views of the lake. The Pawnee Trail is a 1-mile loop trail running along the highest point on Carlyle Lake. Both the Cherokee and Pawnee trails lead to Burnside Cemetery, a restored cemetery with tombstones dating to the 1830s.
The Kaskaskian Trail is a 2 1/2-mile loop trail that begins at the park office and passes by the youth campground, the Pawnee Trail, various day-use areas and the Eagle trail, a 3/4-mile loop near the north end of Illini Campground. A 1/4 -mile accessible interpretive trail is located within the 3-acre prairie restoration directly across from the park office. The 1-mile Illini Trail is located across from the Campground Store and loops around the Illini Fishing Pond. All trails are closed Wednesday through Sunday during pheasant season.
Carlyle Lake offers good fishing for crappie, white bass, largemouth bass, bluegill, channel and flathead catfish, freshwater drum and carp. Other species commonly caught are green sunfish, yellow bass, yellow and black bullheads. If you like variety, the tailwater area, directly below the lake’s spillway, is a fisherman’s paradise.