8.7 Excellent
     
Carlyle, Illinois

Dam West Recreation Area COE

Carlyle, Illinois



Carlyle, Illinois
Phone: (618) 594-4410

Sites: 109
Recent Rate: $13 9/2016

Latitude: 38.63207531251
Longitude: -89.360303878784

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets no
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities yes
  • $1.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 1.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • RV Wash RV Wash no
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking ?
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water no
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service yes
  • Verizon, Other Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers Verizon,Other
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • yes-lake Waterfront Waterfront yes-lake
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Business Center Business Center ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities ?
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services ?
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) ?
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Beach Access Beach Access yes
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp yes
  • Marina Marina yes
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals ?
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Golfing Golfing ?
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) ?
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals ?
  • Hiking Hiking ?
  • Spa Spa ?
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit ?
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball ?
  • Sports Field Sports Field ?
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games ?
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment ?
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre yes
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf ?
  • Billiards Billiards ?
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong ?
  • Lake Lake yes
  • Pond Pond ?
  • River River ?
  • Creek Creek ?
  • Ocean Ocean ?
  • Water Park Water Park ?
  • Casino Casino ?

Review Details

Ratings overview

26 Reviews

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Review Count: 24
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $13.00
Overall Rating:      

Wow, wow, wow. First time ACE camper. Means: Corps of Engineers. Wonderful, roomy, lots of mature trees.

We had full hook-up, which is $26, with National Parks card only $13.

Love it here!!! We camped at Dam West Recreation Area COE in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Concrete, Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

If you can go electric only, price drops to $16, $8 w discount. Have dump station and fresh water station. Well managed and well maintained.

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Review Count: 53
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

Wonderful! The Corps of Engineers does everything right at Dam West. Clean, well maintained, and spacious sites. Very easy to get to with great signage. Sites are super long with ample space and mature trees. We used Dam West as an overnight stop and would return here for a true vacation. We camped at Dam West Recreation Area COE in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
43
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $9.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a beautifully maintained campground. It has pull throughs large enough for my 40ft 5th wheel to remain hooked to my truck, and back-ins long enough for two RV's as well as side by side with lots of room to spare. 50 & 30amp electric service at site with water and sewer at dump station. Wonderful staff at check-in. Lake access for boating and fishing. Only spent one night this time but hope to pass this way again for a longer stay. We camped at Dam West Recreation Area COE in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
109
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Not big enough for my 5th wheel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
No

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $9.00
Overall Rating:      

Excellent!

Arrival: Roads are wide, paved, clearly marked and easily traversed. About 1 mile of US 50 and 2 miles from the smallish town of Carlyle, IL. Dump station and water are at the front entrance. Since there is no water on the basic sites, be sure to fill your water tank before pulling into the campground.

Sites: About half of the sites are paved, otherwise gravel. They all have plenty of room and most are reserve-able online at recreation.gov

Restrooms: Generally clean. Three locations throughout the park. Showers at the front have laundry facilities and open scheme for showers. Restroom in the middle has 6 individual rooms with toilet, sink and shower. Timed water with low shower heads tight to the wall.

Cost: $18 for electric and $26 for full-hookups. 1/2 price for Access Pass holders.

Local Area: Carlyle, IL is not a big town. There are basic services and a few fast food restaurants. Alternatives are between 20 and 60 miles away.

Internet: Wi-Fi in the park -- free and open. Cell signals are temperamental.

Other: One of our favorites. Friendly staff, easy access, Walmart within walking distance. Fishing is OK and lake-front sites are available.. some can be reserved. GPS routing is good from all approaches. A very secure location with periodic Sheriff patrols. Some mosquitoes and gnats, but generally pleasant... except for the biting flies... they like to go back for seconds. We camped at Dam West Recreation Area COE in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
23
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady, Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2015 - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed in site #49 which was right on the water. Spectacular view of the lake. Literally just steps from the water. My husband caught lots of fish, so he was happy. Sites are a little close together, but not bad. We had an electric site, so had to get water, but not a problem. Bathrooms could have been a little cleaner, but are old, so maybe not the easiest to maintain. Had to go outside the park to buy firewood, but it was reasonable where we bought it. We would definitely stay again and plan to next year. We camped at Dam West Recreation Area COE in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
49
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Not a lot to do in the area, but the site was so beautiful we didn't want to leave the campground.

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Review Count: 81
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 14

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $13.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice campground, excellent value. I had a 50% discount on a full hookup site. I was there during mowing week, so it was noisy all the time but the park is very pretty and has lots of trees. There are miles and miles of bike/walking paths. There's wifi throughout the park, and it works well except during peak periods. The customer service was great. There is a restaurant on the edge of the park, and a Walmart about a mile away. The water is heavily laced with chlorine, and not very good to drink. The sites are a little close together, but very level and spacious. We camped at Dam West Recreation Area COE in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
90
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: April, 2014 - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

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 at Dam West Recreation Area COE in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 431
States Visited: 52
Helpful Reviews: 36

Date of Stay: September, 2013 - $9.00
Overall Rating:      

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 at Dam West Recreation Area COE in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 176
States Visited: 39
Helpful Reviews: 10

Date of Stay: September, 2013 - $9.00
Overall Rating:      

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 at Dam West Recreation Area COE in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2013 - $9.00
Overall Rating:      

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 at Dam West Recreation Area COE in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 26
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: October, 2012 - $8.00
Overall Rating:      

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 at Dam West Recreation Area COE in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 33
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2012 - $9.00
Overall Rating:      

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 at Dam West Recreation Area COE in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 35
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 11

Date of Stay: August, 2012 - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

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 at Dam West Recreation Area COE in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 144
States Visited: 37
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: August, 2012 - $26.00
Overall Rating:      

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 at Dam West Recreation Area COE in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: June, 2011 - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

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 at Dam West Recreation Area COE in a Travel Trailer.

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