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 --- Cedar Lake.
The Cedar Lake Supervisor will be accepting reservations for fish-offs and fishing tournament permits for the remainder of 2014. Requests for 2015 fish-off/fishing tournament dates will not be accepted until January 2, 2015. Information on archery deer hunting at Cedar Lake is now available to the public, as well. Below is a listing of Lake Rules and Regulations, forms for fish-off and fishing tournament permits, plus the new deer hunting fact sheet. For availability of fish-off permit request dates or for more information call the Lake Supervisor at 618/549-8441.
The attachments are in pdf format:
In an effort to help reduce populations of white-tailed deer, most of the City’s surrounding Cedar Lake land will be open to archery deer hunting beginning October 1, 2014. The season will remain open through January 18, 2015, with two exceptions, November 21-23 and December 6 - 9, 2014. Hunters do not need to sign in or register but are responsible for knowing City of Carbondale regulations. In addition, hunters must also comply with Illinois hunting regulations. General information about the hunt along with the regulations can be found in the hunter fact sheet and map of the hunt area. Paper versions of the fact sheet and hunt area map should be available at several access areas and can be found electronically on this page in a downloadable, pdf format. Firearms are not permitted on City property at Cedar Lake and no other hunting is allowed.
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 23, 2014. Beach hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 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 rafts and floats plus a swim lap lane. Red Cross certified lifeguards are on duty during beach hours and Cedar Lake personnel and the Carbondale Police patroling the beach. Restrooms, picnic tables, and concession stand are also available. The entry fee for a day at the beach is $2.50 and children 4 years of age and younger are admitted free. Ten (10) visit passes are available for $20.00 and twenty (20) visit passes are available for $35.00. Passes bought are good for the entire 2014 beach season and may be used at anytime. After August 15, 2014, the beach will be open on weekends only through Labor Day, September 1, 2014, when the beach closes for the season.
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.
We hope to see you there this summer!
For more information, call 618-549-8441.
Public Works staff installed an osprey nesting platform on City property at Cedar Lake this fall. An osprey (Pandion haleatus) is a fish-eating hawk that is classified as a state endangered species. Endangered plants and animals are those at risk of disappearing from the state as a breeding species. The birds may be seen throughout spring and fall migration but none have been known to nest at Cedar Lake.
Osprey stand 21-24” tall and have a 4 ½’ - 6’ wingspan. They nest in the tops of large, dead or open-topped trees, and on rock formations. Successful nesting sites are closely associated with bodies of water. Osprey have also adapted to nest building on artificial structures placed on poles or towers. While in flight, the birds dive into water for prey, which they carry to a perch to consume. Since the birds have been observed successfully catching fish, perching and soaring at Cedar Lake, it is plausible that they may also choose to nest, should a desirable nesting site become available to them.
Since very few osprey actually nest in Illinois, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) has launched an osprey recovery project with hopes of restoring stable breeding populations to the state. Components of the recovery project include hacking young osprey and building nesting platforms adjacent to bodies of water to encourage nesting throughout the state. Relocating raptor chicks, feeding them and ultimately releasing young raptors into the wild is accomplished through a procedure known as hacking. Since last year, ten osprey chicks have been taken from Virginia and hacked out of structures similar to nesting platforms at two central Illinois lakes. In locations where osprey are already active platforms are built to encourage nesting. Since 2005, more than 40 nesting platforms have been installed, statewide. A second platform will likely be constructed and put in place at Cedar Lake sometime next fall.
For more information on Cedar Lake and wildlife management on City of Carbondale land visit the City’s website at ww.ExploreCarbondale.com or call the Cedar Lake office at 618/549-8441.
After thirty five years, Cedar Lake received some needed improvements and repairs. With combined funding from the City of Carbondale, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agencys Bureau of Water and the Division of Water Pollution Control, the City worked to stabilize eroded shoreline and helped to prevent soils from the watershed from eroding and entering the lake. These efforts will help keep the lake from silting in and will help maintain water quality and capacity for years to come. Much of the City owned land around the lake is hilly woodland. Over time gullies and ravines have developed due to heavy rains and uprooted trees causing erosion of soil into the lake.
The project was completed in 2010 with approximnately 10,000 feet of shoreline stablized. Crews also installed small dams, water diverstion devices, and used other techniques to slow running water and trap suspended soil particles on land, so that cleaner water is now entering the lake. A loading pier on the north end of the City's boat ramp was constructed for the project which may eventually be converted to a fishing pier.
Anyone with questions on the project can call John Wallace, Cedar Lake Supervisor, at 549-8441.