Cedar Lake







Cedar Lake

Cedar Lake is a 1,750-acre reservoir constructed for the purpose of supplying tap water to the residents of Carbondale. In addition, the lake has become a popular recreation destination for outdoor enthusiasts.

Enjoy your visit. Please follow the Cedar Lake Rules.

Fishing Tournament / Hunting Information

The Cedar Lake Supervisor is accepting requests for 2018 Fish-Off/Fishing Tournament Permit. Date requests for Cedar Lake 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 or I Fish Illinois  for more information.

Archery Deer Hunting Season

Archery deer hunting is the only hunting allowed at Cedar Lake, but it's not permitted during the two shotgun seasons.

Hunting Fact Sheet

City of Carbondale Poplar Camp Beach










If the heat and humidity is getting to you this summer, try cooling off in the refreshing water of Cedar Lake at Poplar Camp Beach. 

  • Located a few miles south of Carbondale
  • A swim, play and floating areas, plus a swim lap lane are provided
  • Certified Red Cross lifeguards are on duty 
  • Hours of Operation are 9:30am-5:30pm on weekdays and 9:30am-7pm on weekends and holidays
  • Restrooms, picnic tables and a concessions are available
  • Single day admission: $2.50
  • Children 4 years of age and younger are admitted free
  • Ten (10) visit pass $20 or twenty (20) visit pass $35
  • Passes purchased are good for the current beach season.

Directions to the Lake:

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.


Eric Stead, Lake Management Supervisor
200 S. Illinois Avenue
P.O. Box 2047
Carbondale, Illinois 62902-2047
(618) 549-8441

Water Quality Testing

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 those who may be interested. Should you have any questions or concerns about this data please contact the Public Works Department.

Continue on to this link to access the Water Quality Tests.........

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