Cedar Lake was named as the best lake in Illinois on the website www.cheapism.com The July 2015 article titled, “The Best Lakes in all 50 States,” selected Cedar Lake as the one lake to visit in Illinois. Known locally as a recreation hotspot, the website also noted the following ....... "Carbondale was 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"
"The City of Carbondale is committed to protecting and maintaining the water quality of Cedar Lake. An important part of water quality is conducting routine tests so that baseline levels can be established which will allow the City to recognize potential water quality issues as they develop instead of react to them years or decades later. The City conducts a slate of monthly water tests on the lake and publishes this data for here (insert link) for those who may be interested. Should you have any questions or concerns about this data please contact the Public Works Department."
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The Cedar Lake Supervisor is accepting requests for 2017 Fish-Off and Fishing Tournament Permits. Date requests for Cedar Lake fish off permits are reserved on a first come, first served basis. Call 618-549-1841 for available dates and to reserve your specific event. Statewide fishing tournament permits are also required for organized competitive fishing events. Contact the Illinois Department of Natural Resources at www.dnr.illinois.gov or www.ifishillinois.org for more information.
Below is a listing of Cedar Lake Rules and the 2017 Fish-Off Permit Application. For more specifics or questions about Cedar Lake call the Lake Supervisor at 618/549-8441.
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Archery deer hunting season closes January 15, 2017. The season will open again on October 1, 2017. Archery deer hunting is the only hunting allowed but is not permitted during the state’s two deer firearm (shotgun) seasons.
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 26, 2017. Beach hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on 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 relaxing on rafts and floats plus a lap swim lane. Red Cross certified lifeguards are on duty during beach hours with Cedar Lake personnel and the Carbondale Police patrolling the beach. Restrooms, picnic tables, and a concession stand are also available. In mid to late August, the beach will be open on weekends only (after local schools start back) through Labor Day, September 4, 2017, when the beach closes for the season. The fee for a single admission is $2.50 per day but children 4 years of age and younger are admitted free. Ten (10) visit passes will be available for $20.00 and twenty (20) visit passes will be available for $35.00. Passes bought will be good for the entire 2017 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.
For more information, call 618-549-8441.