Dam West Recreation Area – Corps of Engineers

Location: Carlyle, Illinois

Webpage: Corps of Engineers

General Description: Dam West Recreation Area is located on the south shore of Lake Carlyle, just outside the town of Carlyle, Illinois.  This location is 50 miles east of downtown St. Louis and combines a small town atmosphere with Illinois’ largest man-made lake.  The facility provides a number of day-use areas along with a campgrounds with 109 campsites.  There is also a marina and restaurant next to the campgrounds.  Amenities include electric hookups (50 amp), bathrooms/showers, laundry room, and playgrounds.



1) Dam West Recreation Area is a very nice COE Campgrounds located just outside of Carlyle.  The most attractive feature is a large Walmart within 2 miles of the campgrounds.  It is also a short drive to St. Louis with its many attractions.   All of the sites are back-in with electric hookups.  There are no water hookups, however, there is a convenient faucet to fill your tanks as you enter the campgrounds.


2) The bathrooms are cleaned daily and are very modern.  The staff was extremely friendly, assisting us with locating a first-come first-served site since we could not make reservations for the weekend.  We would certainly stay here again.