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Carlyle Lake Multi-Use Trail

Location On U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Managed public lands at the Carlyle Lake Project and the City of Carlyle, IL. 50 miles east of St. Louis MO.
State(s) Illinois
Counties Clinton
Type Fitness Trail
Length 10.30 Miles / 16.58 Km Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses Bicycling (on pavement)
Dogs - On leash
Heritage and History
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Roller/Inline Skating
Wildlife Observation
Agency U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Entry Fee? No Parking Fee? No




photo: Bicyclist stop to view the Carlyle Lake Bike Trail
Bicyclist stop to view the Carlyle Lake Bike Trail

The Carlyle Lake Multi-Use Trail is a 10.3 mile trail that is unique because of its close proximity to the City of Carlyle allowing a connection route between the City and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Carlyle Lake Project. The trail is the perfect venue for fitness based recreational activities and has one of the most scenic views in Clinton County. The trail is open to non-motorized use such as walking, running, and bicycling and is generally flat offering an easy ride for all skill levels. The trail is well marked and signed to provide an overall safe experience for those recreating on the trail.

The Carlyle Lake Multi-Use Trail was constructed over a period of years through a series of Challenge Partnership Agreements between the City of Carlyle and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers including funds through the Corps of Engineers Handshake Grant program and a grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation. The multi-use trail includes just under a mile of trail located on City of Carlyle property and connects with the remaining 9.43 miles of trail located on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers property. The connection routes between the City of Carlyle and the Carlyle Lake Project are invaluable to local citizens and to the 3.2 million lake visitors as a way to stay fit and maintain a healthier lifestyle and provides a positive economic impact to area businesses.

The trail travels to areas flourishing with historical landmarks and va (Continued...)


Visitor Information

Date Opens: 1/1 - Date Closes: 12/31

Time Opens: Not Available - Time Closes: Not Available


Carlyle Lake is located on the Kaskaskia River at river mile 94.2 upstream from it's confluence with the Mississippi River and about one-half mile upstream of the town of Carlyle Illinois. The trail head of the Carlyle Lake Multi-Use Trail is located in the Dam West Recreation Area at Carlyle Lake. Approximately 50 miles east of St. Louis, Missouri, On U.S. Highway 50. The project area is bounded by Interstate Highway to 70 on the north, U.S. Highway 50 and Interstate 64 on the south, U.S. Highway 51 and Interstate 57 on the east, and Illinois State Route 127 on the west.


Additional Information

Width: 96 inches.

Primary Surface: Asphalt

Secondary Surface: Asphalt
Crushed Rock

Average Grade: 1%

Elevation Low Point: 420

Elevation High Point: 538

Year Designated: 2012

Date Last Updated: 10/08/2013


Contact Information

Trail Management:
Robert Wilkins
Operations Manager
US Army Corps of Engineers
801 Lake Road
Carlyle , IL 62231


Related Webpages and Documents

Title Type Link
Cover Side of the Carlyle Lake Bike Trail Map Brochure View/Download
Map Side of the Carlyle Lake Map Brochure View/Download
Google map of the trail (red and blue lines) Map View/Download
Bicyclist stop to view the Carlyle Lake Bike Trail Photo View/Download
Bicyclist and walkers using the Kaskaskia Old Rive Photo View/Download
Bicyclist taking a scenic ride across the Carlyle Photo View/Download
White pelicans located on Carlyle Lake viewed from Photo View/Download
A Bald Eagle perched in a tree along the Kaskaskia Photo View/Download
Old Kaskaskia River Channel Pedestrian Bridge loca Photo View/Download
A view of the main dam section of the Carlyle Lake Photo View/Download
City of Carlyle Multi-Use Trail Section to the Dam Photo View/Download
A family watching the Bald Eagle and white pelecan Photo View/Download
rd watchers along a section of the multi-use trail Photo View/Download
Carlyle Lake Website View/Download



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