Carbondale was recently named by Outdoor Life magazine as one of the top 200 towns for sportsmen and is home to one of Southern Illinois’ most beautiful recreational facilities right in its own backyard --- Cedar Lake.
Enjoy a day fishing or relaxing on the beach at one of the most beautiful lakes in Southern Illinois: Cedar Lake. The City owns and maintains a public beach and boat dock at Cedar Lake. The beach is best known for its family atmosphere and beautiful scenery and fishermen enjoy regular success reeling in crappie and bass amid the beautiful coves surrounded by towering bluffs.
The beach opens Memorial Day Weekend, starting on Friday, May 24, 2013. Beach hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays and 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on weekends and holidays. The Poplar Camp Beach sandy waterfront leads to a swim and play area, an area for rafts and floats plus a swim lap lane. Red Cross certified lifeguards are on duty during beach hours and Cedar Lake personnel and the Carbondale Police patroling the beach. Restrooms, picnic tables, and concession stand are also available. After August 11, 2013, the beach will be open on weekends only through Labor Day when the beach closes for the season. The fee for a single admission is $2.00 and children 4 years of age and younger are admitted free. Ten (10) visit passes are available for $15.00 and twenty (20) visit passes are available for $25.00. Passes bought are good for the entire 2013 beach season and can be used by anyone at anytime.Children twelve years old and younger must be accompanied by an adult.
The boat dock at Cedar Lake allows access to the lake for boats with a ten (10) horsepower motor or less. The lake is located south of Carbondale. To drive to Cedar Lake, take U.S. 51 south to the intersection of Old and New U.S. 51, follow Old U.S. 51 approximately 1/2 mile to Cedar Creek Road, travel west on Cedar Creek Road about a mile and follow the signs to the beach on Poplar Camp Road or for the boat ramp at the end of Cedar Creek Road.
We hope to see you there this summer!
For more information, call 618-549-8441.
Grant Funds To Provide Improvements for Cedar Lake
After thirty five years, Cedar Lake received some needed improvements and repairs. With combined funding from the City of Carbondale, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agencys Bureau of Water and the Division of Water Pollution Control, the City worked to stabilize eroded shoreline and helped to prevent soils from the watershed from eroding and entering the lake. These efforts will help keep the lake from silting in and will help maintain water quality and capacity for years to come. Much of the City owned land around the lake is hilly woodland. Over time gullies and ravines have developed due to heavy rains and uprooted trees causing erosion of soil into the lake.
The project was completed in 2010 with approximnately 10,000 feet of shoreline stablized. Crews also installed small dams, water diverstion devices, and used other techniques to slow running water and trap suspended soil particles on land, so that cleaner water is now entering the lake. A loading pier on the north end of the City's boat ramp was constructed for the project which may eventually be converted to a fishing pier.
Anyone with questions on the project can call John Wallace, Cedar Lake Supervisor, at 549-8441.