Dam West Recreation Area is a campground and day-use area situated 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. This facility consists of a day use area and campground, including 109 campsites (65 reservable, and 44 non-reservable). It provides modern amenities and access to a marina and boat storage facility. The adjacent Dam West Spillway and Day Use Areas offer additional recreational opportunities. Visitors can also walk or bike across the dam to the Dam East facilities and McNair Group Area.
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.
Mariner’s Village at Carlyle Lake is situated at the Dam West Recreation Area, just minutes from top sites like Governors Run Golf Course and Eldon Hazlet State Recreation Area. Our property offers the traditional hotel experience with guestrooms and suites as well as rustic Carlyle Lake cabins perfect for group or family retreat. Our hotel amenities include everything you need to feel right at home like a flexible pet policy, wireless Internet access, complimentary breakfast, and suites that offer an in-room microwave, refrigerator, coffeemaker, and more! Other amenities include our outdoor swimming pool and Conference Center that can accommodate up to 400 people. Join us at Mariner’s Village at Carlyle Lake for an experience like no other.