The 2017 Carlyle Lake and Lake Shelbyville camping seasons officially kick off very soon in southern Illinois, the Alton Telegraph reported. This season opener is a big event for those longing to again sit around a campfire and roast hotdogs and marshmallows.

The Carlyle Lake camping season begins March 31 with the opening of Dam West and McNair campgrounds. And, many of the campgrounds at Lake Shelbyville’s open within weeks.

In addition, other campgrounds at Carlyle Lake are scheduled to open in the coming weeks. The Boulder campground opens April 14 and camping at the Coles Creek and Lotus Group area begins April 31.

Actually, some Carlyle Lake campsites have been available all winter. The Dam East Spillway campground and the Eldon Hazlet State Park are open year-round.

Little has really changed regarding rates and amenities at most Carlyle Lake campgrounds. The rates at Dam West campground are basically in the same range as last year. Unless recently changed the Rates at Dam West campground range from $18-$26 per night. The campground features full hookup and electric sites. Also available are extended stay sites, ABA accessible sites and buddy sites.

The Rend Lake camping season also kicks off March 31 with several campgrounds in that area opening.

The 2017 Lake Shelbyville camping season actually kicks off April 20. Here, campsite fees are $18-$24 per night.

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