PROJECT UPDATE: The sewer plant and shower house projects are still in progress. Campsites 67-328 and the three shower houses will remain closed for the season and reopen in the spring.
Campsites 1-65 are available by making a reservation at camp.exploremoreil.com Primitive walk-in tent sites are available first-come, first-serve. Privy toilets and the water fill and dump station are available for use by campers. Please contact the park office at 618-594-3015 for questions.
It seems appropriate for one of the largest campgrounds in the Illinois state park system to be located on the largest manmade lake in Illinois. Eldon Hazlet State Recreation Area is a 3,000-acre site on the western shore of Carlyle Lake, a Kaskaskia River impoundment. The site is located 3 miles north of Carlyle and 2 miles east of Illinois Route 127 in Clinton County.
Eldon Hazlet SRA attracts more than 800,000 visitors annually to camp, boat, fish, hunt, picnic, bird watch and to hike more than 9 miles of trails. Also popular are the sailboat regattas, held almost every summer weekend.
The site is leased by the IDNR from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which built the 26,000-acre lake. The state recreation area is named for Carlyle attorney Eldon Hazlet, the first president of the Kaskaskia Valley Association, which organized and promoted construction of two of Illinois' three largest reservoir/recreational complexes - Carlyle Lake and Lake Shelbyville - plus other improvements on the Kaskaskia River.
Eldon Hazlet SRA is probably best known for its camping facilities. The Illini Campground has 328 Class A campsites with 30 and 50 amp electrical hook-ups, 36 Class C campsites for walk-in tent camping and two rustic rent-a-cabins (Campground Map).
A campground store and public swimming pool are located at the campground. Camping reservations can be made online at ExploreMoreIL™.
Hazlet Cottages - 20 cottages overlooking the lake - are available for rent offering spectacular views of the lake. Each cottage has a kitchenette, bar, living area, bedroom, loft and deck, with amenities including cable TV, linens and cookware. For reservations, call 618-594-8702 or visit the Hazlet Cottages website.