This campsite is along the COE Carlyle Lake Reservoir, about 12 miles south of I-70, and about 60 miles east of St. Louis. It has both electric and full-hookup sites. I stayed in an electric site and then moved to a full hookup. Electric sites are in woods along lake, but I could not get satellite. Full-hookup sites are newer and more open with asphalt pads and grass. There is a marina and boat launch. I would easily stay here again. Price is senior rate for COE campgrounds. Electric only site was $8. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Very nice COE campground. The sites are huge and in good shape. The grounds are very well maintained. Nice grass and huge mature trees. We had a lakefront site and it was very nice. All sites were back in. Very quiet area. The only negative was finding the place. We arrived after dark and there were no signs from the main road to direct you to this place at all. Once you find it, it is worth it though. Nice swimming beach area, boat ramps, extra parking for boat trailers. We had an electric only site and it was great for a weekend. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
The sites are big, paved, and clean. This park has limited full hook up sites. If you are fortunate enough to get in on a reservation you will love it. Very quiet. The summer is booked usually over the weekends...by the locals, which makes it difficult for full timers like us. 10 miles from town. Walk-ins are either W/E or just E. Reserve America isn't clear on this. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Reservation website, recreation.gov, does not make it clear which sites have hookup's and which do not. Very few sites have water & sewer hookups. campground is far from civilization which makes it quiet, but not easy to find groceries, etc. We have stayed at Dam West several times which is MUCH better. We probably will not stay at Coles Creek again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Great campground on Carlyle Lake. We had a wonderful lakefront spot with great fishing. Not much around the lake to do, but if you are a water lover or fisherman, this is a great campground. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
The best thing about this park is that is owned and operated by the Corps of Engineers, therefore seniors get half price. So you can camp in nice wooded and paved campground with electric and water for $9/night. And as if that weren't good enough, there is a campground below the spillway for $14 that you can get half price senior rate for $7/night. It is paved with paved pads, has electric hookups, and a central potable water supply, and nice clean close restrooms. And the river below the dam is literally 20 steps from the back of your camper with great fishing and fish cleaning station. Picnic pavilion close by. Where you going to find a campground like this for $7/night ??? We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This is a very nice Corps campground. We paid the senior half-price rate. They did have full hook-up and pull-through sites, but the back-in 50-amp sites are much larger and more private. We enjoyed the bike trails, as well. Only negative--to us--was that our site didn't have satellite TV access. Too many trees. Wi-Fi was good on Friday, weaker over the weekend. Verizon broadband worked. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Paid Senior rate of $9 per night for a nice long, level paved 50 amp back in site. We took one of the sites that cannot be reserved, but are held for walk ups. This is a very busy CG. It filled on the weekend and people were showing up before noon on Sunday looking for an available site. Overall this is a very nice area. This COE CG has Wi-Fi which was a nice surprise, but it was spotty on the weekend. TV via batwing was very good as was our Verizon cell and broadband. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Excellent campground, easy access, long sites, well maintained. We stayed across the street from the main campground and liked it. The earlier comment about the water changing temperature is still true but it wasn't that much of a factor. There are children's play areas. There are full hookup sites at the regular campground but most were underwater due to heavy rains. There were also nice long sites at the spillway that are first come, first serve. The only negative thing is that there are no places to eat in Carlyle, except for fast food. There's a café at the marina and it wasn't that good. We would stay here again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Excellent COE. Spacious, paved sites with lots of trees so lots of shade. We had a lake site (#51) and it was perfect! Nice fire rings, and picnic tables on each site. We were electric only. Our fee was with the senior pass. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Very large level gravel sites, either full hookup or electric only. Premium elec only sites on lakefront. Pretty spot on the lake, where our Golden Retriever found a swimming spot. Appears to have a lot of local folks, and reservations are necessary for weekends. Laundry was reasonable price, but we didn't use it. Just two miles to Wal-Mart. The friendly camp host said they are working on installing Wi-Fi. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Across the street from the main entrance is what they call the "long term use" campground, about half pull-through and half back-in spaces. During our stay they were much less crowded than main area next to lake. Very quiet and tree-shaded, with wide paved spaces. Bathroom was clean, but single shower on both gender sides ran out of hot water after two consecutive uses. If you do not care about lake views, this is the place to camp. Attendants very friendly and entire campground is clean and attractive. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
If you are using the "Camping with the COE" book please note that the coordinates given are incorrect, and caused us no end of trouble cruising through St. Louis! We finally just opted for Carlyle and then followed the signs to the campground. This is a very nice park, well maintained with lots of beautiful trees and with many sites on the lake. Unfortunately, we could not find a site to get satellite service, but Verizon cell phone and mi-fi worked well. Note that there is no sewer connection or water at the sites! I see no reason why families with children would not find this a good campground. Our Golden Age Passport gave us a 50% discount so we only paid $9/night. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This camp seems to fill quickly. Many campers bring boats and the camp seems empty by day. The night seems to be loud and quiet time is not observed by many. The camp is run by Army Corps of Engineers. Not the best place to take young children. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Great campground. Kids loved the playground. It was too cold to swim but we enjoyed walking around the lake and riding bikes. Campsites are very wooded and there are lots of areas to explore. Bath house pretty clean. Area is very safe and well lit. Overall, we had a great time. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We really enjoyed the full hookup site that we had. The park's sites were a nice size and we felt like we had our own space. The campground was completely full but we still found it to be quiet and peaceful. This was a weekend trip for just my wife and I (No kids). It might have been a bit boring for our kids (teens) but my wife and I will definitely be going back as soon as we can get a site. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
[ 9 / 10 ]
Beautiful COE park, lots of shade and very spacious sites. Not much in town, new Walmart and a couple of restaurants. There are a lot of areas for walking and biking and plenty of space for dogs. Only downside is that the park, especially near the lake, can be very wet. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a very nice COE park and even in October it was crowded with mostly retirees. It reminded us of a small village with lots of walkers, camp fires, Halloween decorations, party lights, etc. We used our Senior pass. We had a back-in site which was somewhat challenging for a 42' motorhome. Our site (#83) was quite unlevel and required blocks of wood to reach correction. There were lots of trees, but surprisingly the Dish worked! The sites are gravel with a picnic table, grill and fire ring. Roads are paved. Very good for dog walking. We truly enjoyed our three days. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a great RV site operated by the Army Corps of Engineers. The staff was great and helpful. The RV sites were very spacious with all the facilities. This is the best site we have stayed. We would definitely stay here again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We camped here in 25' motorhome with full hookups and lake view. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The campground looked very clean and had constant maintenance people reviewing site conditions daily. Our site was great until it rained and then it became muddy. Issue could be resolved by adding additional gravel to site and making channel to run water behind the site. We would definitely return! We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a very nice Corps of Engineers campground on Lake Carlyle. The sites were huge, ours was over 100 feet long. There was lots of shade and plenty of space between sites. We would definitely stay here again. Think carefully though how close you want to be to the water. A few sites closest to the water had to be closed due to the recent flooding. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This is an excellent COE campground on Carlyle Lake, Illinois’ largest man-made lake. Sites 75 - 97 are full hookup. Many of the sites in the campground are long enough to fit a fifth wheel, truck, and a boat. The campground is close to the marina and a restaurant. The restrooms and shower houses are clean, but there wasn’t a hot air blower or towel dispenser in the restrooms. There are grocery stores and a WalMart close by in the town of Carlyle. We used our “America the Beautiful” pass and paid $12 for a full hookup site. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Outstanding campground! Large level lots with lots of privacy. Most have beautiful views of lake. Staff is friendly and helpful. We have stayed here twice. Only drawback is 4PM checkout and 5 PM check-in. We had to wait for our site to be vacate on last visit. Staff found us a place to park where we could hook up and wait in comfort. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Hickory Shores "Resort" -- definitely need to remove the last part of the campground name. This park is a far from being a "Resort" in any context of the word -- bluntly, this "place" is a dump!! We were in the parking lot (by choice) as there was a 50 AMP connection -- one of the few in the "place". The Host was extremely helpful and apologized for the condition of the "place" -- owner appears reluctant to invest in updating all the known issues/deficiencies. We last stayed here in the early '90s and it's not been updated/maintained for years. Mostly folks living here are on a yearly basis -- projects a neglected "trailer park" appearance. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This campground sites were very small. I have a 31 foot motorhome, we could not put up our awning due to a tree in the way. My slideout was about 1 to 2 inches from another tree on other side. The water & electric hook up was on other side of camper so we had to get out a garden hose for water. They had a very nice pool. The office/store closed by 3pm most time sooner than that. There was a pond with no fish in it one of the permanents said he there was fish in there but he had not seen anyone pull any out in a long time. Carlyle lake is near by its a huge man made lake looks like a smaller lake Michigan. There are lots of water things to do there. The campground was loud at night because cars and trucks. All in all this was a no thrills campground I would not drive out of my way to stay here. Lake Carlyle cool, Hickory shores resort not cool. We will not be going back. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Very pretty camp with lots of shade trees. The big draw back is it's distance from main highways. Park needs some restoration. They did have WiFi but the modem broke and they did not repair or replace it. I was directed to a site which was a nice choice but narrow on a winding road. The manager did not follow me or show me the site or help with my backing up. I was traveling alone so had to get in and out of the truck to check distances and obstructions. They need a lesson in park management. I just stayed over night and left the next day instead of staying longer. Park was empty except for two of us. Getting out of the site next day was fun due to the close confines and 360 degree tight turn to exit the area. We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
With all the amenities and a great staff, this is a wonderful campground to stay at. With a little TLC this has the pontential to be a top notch place - then I would rate it a 10. We camped here in a camper.
[ 10 / 10 ]
Lovely park with lots of amenities. Swimming Pool, putt putt gold, tennis, basketball courts, horseshoes, shuffleboard, fishing, hicking, biking, and many more. Lots of room on each site with fire ring and picnic table. Laundry facilities, clean bath houses, special events, restraurant and a good clean family atmosphere. We camped here in a camper.
We found this park most scenic -- near the beautiful Lake Carlyle -- and near enough to town that we could run in for groceries, restaurants, etc. Even though we had a horrific storm at night, our grounds stayed fine. Showers and toilets could be better (and maybe more of them -- nearer), but all-in-all, it was nice. We can't comment on the pool and grocery part as it wasn't open yet. But we do recommend this park. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
I've camped here a few times. The sites are well spaced. The outhouses are, well, outhouses, but there are three shower facilities with toilets that are clean. No sewer or water hookups. There are some beautiful sites on the edge of Carlyle Lake and some beautiful sites back in the woods. They take reservations for sites 1-65, but the rest are first-come, first-served. There are a few stewards on at all times and the camp is open year round. I've camped in a tent site on the lake, and twice in a camper. Each time left me feeling closer to nature. There is a new-appearing playground, several hiking trails, and a swimming pool as well. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.