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The largest man-made lake in Illinois (26,000 acres), is a premier location for outdoor sports. We known to sailors, it is one of the best and most challenging for sailboats. There is also boating, fishing, hunting, bird watching, sand beaches, and camping areas. Hotels, cabins and golf courses make the area a true outdoor lover's playground.
Located across from the Statehouse in Vandalia, the park features a life-size, bronze statue of Abraham Lincoln. This is a favorite spot for photos with the 16th president.
Home to the Balloon Fest, Foundation Park has many walking trails, nature areas, and gathering places.
J-H Bison Ranch
Tours of this family-run bison ranch include baby bison feeding, herd tours, and photos with baby bison, llamas and horses.
With 45-acres of recreation, Fairview Park features a swimming pool, baseball and softball fields, Skateboard Park, several picnic shelters, and a variety of playground equipment.
Vandalia State House
Step inside the Illinois’ oldest surviving State Capitol building. Vandalia was the fourth statehouse in Illinois, and is best known for the era when Abraham Lincoln served in the Illinois House of Representatives. Visitors can enjoy guided tours of this restored landmark.
Historic National Road Scenic Byway
The National Road is called the "road that built the nation" because it was the first highway in American history. Today the National Road in Illinois covers 164 miles, from Marshall and the Wabash Valley, to East St. Louis and the Mississippi River.
Carlyle Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area
As a major stopping point for migrating ducks and geese, this 9,486-acre area offers excellent public waterfowl hunting opportunities.
Carlyle Dam East Spillway Campground
Swimming, fishing, boating.
Coffeen Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area
22 species of fish are found in this lake, including bass, white crappie, channel catfish, bullhead, yellow bass, bluegill, and carp. This 1,100-acre lake is surrounded by native oak and hickory forests. Picnicking, hiking, and limited hunting and trapping.
Flying M Ranch Golf Course
This public nine-hole, 32 par course also offers a driving range, rental carts and clubs. Miniature golf, camping and fishing are also available for a fee.
Centralia's resident carilloneur performs on the town's 65-bell carillon, one of the few in the country. The surrounding park also features a museum and tours of the 165-foot-tall tower.
Boulder Recreation Area
Swimming and fishing, boating, tent camping
Salem Country Club
This 18-hole course has lots of character, and is open to the public from 9am-12pm Monday through Friday. Golf carts are available.
Coles Creek Recreation Area
148 sites, electricity, shower, reservations
Carlyle Dam West Campground
Swimming, fishing, boating, tent camping
South Shore State Park
33 sites, fishing, boating, tent camping.
Located north of Greenville in Sorento, this covered bridge holds festivals every year that draw thousands of visitors.
West Access Marina
A year-round facility for large and small boats located at the southwest end of Carlyle Lake. Suited for a complete variety of water sports.
148 sites, swimming, fishing, boating, tent camping
Greenview Golf Club
This public 18-hole, 72 par course offers rental clubs and carts, and a pro on site.
The marina offers modern concrete docks, an air-conditioned lounge, private showers, dry dock, and winter storage.
Bent Oak Golf Course
This par 9 course is located in Breese.
Twin Oaks Golf Club
Twin Oaks offers a scenic nine-hole golf course.
Colonial Golf Course
This public 18-hole, par 70 course is open year round, with rental clubs and carts, plus a snack bar.
Carlyle Lake Golf Club
This nine-hole golf course was designed by John Kueper.
Governors Run Golf and Country Club
This championship 18-hole course has 13 lakes scattered throughout the par 72 layout. It boasts five sets of tees to accommodate all skill levels on exquisitely manicured greens.
Indian Grove Campground
Overnight tent camping, overnight pull through spots and permanent camper sites. Call ahead -- space limited for overnight trailer sites.
Eldon Hazlet State Park
The largest campground in the Illinois State Park system. The park covers 3,000 acres on the west shore of Carlyle Lake. Every year more than 3/4 million visitors come here to hunt, fish, picnic, camp, boat, water ski, and hike.
McNair Group Camping
42 sites, lake swimming and fishing, boat rentals, tent camping.
95 sites, electricity, water, sewer, showers, reservations.
Five cabins, cable TV, lake swimming and fishing.
Stephen A. Forbes State Park
Located among the rolling hills of Southwestern Illinois, this park has a beach and offers boating, camping, fishing, hiking, swimming, and other activities.
Vandalia Golf & Country Club
Opened in 1916, this nine-hole course features 2,782 yards of golf from the longest tees, for a par of 35.
Marion County Fairgrounds
20 sites, big rigs welcome.
Archway Skydiving Center
Averaging over 10,000 skydives annually, more than 1,200 students make their first jump each year with high quality, USPA-rated instructors.
Tomahawk Camp Ground
142 sites, electricity, water, sewer, showers.
Timber Trails Camp Ground
150 sites, electricity, 100 sites with water, 50 sites with sewer, showers, reservations.
CITY: Mulberry Grove
Kampground Okaw Valley
52 sites, electricity, dump station, showers, reservations.
Carlyle Lake Sailing Association
CSA has docking for 380 boats, 3 electric jib cranes, 1,300 ft. of dock and 2 launching ramps. Special events feature annual regattas.
Able to accommodate boats up to 45 ft. in covered slips and 40 ft. in open slips, Trade Winds Marina is a great place to moor your boat. The new clubhouse features showers, restrooms, and a lounging area for members.
The park is open for boating and fishing year round and hosts a major drag boat racing event each year.