Eldon Hazlet State Park RV & Campground Guide

Illinois

Eldon Hazlet State Park

in Illinois is located about 7 miles from Carlyle and 9 miles southwest of Keyesport. The town of Greenville is about 20 miles from the state park, making it another ideal area to explore. The park is filled with winding trails, mature oak-hickory trees, and wildlife that call this place home. When visiting, you'll love how three seasons have mild temperatures, but the night can become quite chilly, so don't forget a jacket. In winter, the temperature can go below freezing.

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Weather
Spring 34-75 F
Summer 64-88 F
Fall 35-80 F
Winter 19-42 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Eldon Hazlet State Park

Whether you visit Eldon Hazlet in the summer or winter, an RV is the ideal home base, and it will protect you against the outdoor weather. If you don't own an RV, consider renting one from RVshare.com, where you can select from different brands and sizes that suit your family's needs. 

Carlyle Lake Dam West Campground

Kick back along the southern shore of Carlyle Lake and enjoy the peaceful retreat of Carlyle Lake Dam West Campground. The campground offers 109 sites that accommodate any size of RV or camper. There is a playground for kids and an amphitheater for educational programs.

  • Water hookup: Yes
  • Electrical hookup: Yes
  • Sewer hookup: Yes
  • Wi-Fi: No
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Other amenities: Fire pit, dump station, restrooms, showers

Coles Creek Campground

Coles Creek Campground offers 119 campsites for any size of RV. The sites are either directly on the shoreline or a short walking distance from the lake. All of the camping sites are near restrooms, showers, and a laundry facility.

  • Water hookup: Yes
  • Electrical hookup: Yes
  • Sewer hookup: Yes
  • Wi-Fi: No
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Other amenities: Boat ramp, dump station, amphitheater, fire pit

Tomahawk Campground

The campground is located on a 34-acre lush and wooded lot with a private lake. Tomahawk Campground is 5 miles off Interstate 70 in a small town called Pocahontas. The campground has 142 sites that accommodate any RV or camper. All sites have a picnic table and a fire ring.

  • Water hookup: Yes
  • Electrical hookup: Yes
  • Sewer hookup: Yes
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Other amenities: Laundry facility, dump station, showers, restrooms

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What to Do at
Eldon Hazlet State Park

Inside Eldon Hazlet State Park

Eldon Hazlet State Park has a public swimming pool that is located behind the campground store. The combination of wide-open water, low surrounding terrain, and strong wind provide the right condition to sail across Carlyle Lake. You can take your vessel on the lake as well. The park has more than 50 acres designated for dove, archery deer, and upland game hunting. Other things to do inside the park are hiking, picnicking, fishing, and observing wildlife.

Outside Eldon Hazlet State Park

One of the best things about Eldon Hazlet State Park is the abundance of things to do outside of the park. The area outside of Eldon Hazlet State Park is filled with restaurants, shops, and other attractions. Several of these establishments are family-oriented, so there is no need to worry about them not being appropriate for your children.

Restaurants

Blind Daddy’s Hideout

This quaint hideout offers a breakfast and dinner buffet. Specialty homemade pizza, homestyle meals, and other delicious foods are severed at Blind Daddy’s Hideout. The bar has a wide mixture of drinks, including spirits, wine, and beer.

Type: Italian, American

Location: 103 Republican Street, Keyesport, IL 62253

The Keys Restaurant & Lounge

Sit down at the deck for a relaxing dining experience overlooking Lake Carlyle or choose one of the other seating areas. The Keys Restaurant & Lounge serves a variety of comfort foods and delicious prime delicacy dishes, including wings, rib-eye, prime rib, steakhouse fries, tilapia, and grilled shrimp.

Type: Seafood, American

Location: 712 Main Street, Keyesport, IL 62253

Bretz Wildlife Lodge & Winery

Bretz Wildlife Lodge & Winery provides you with a relaxing dining atmosphere with delicious food that brings your taste buds to life. After dinner, step into the wine room for a complimentary wine tasting and purchase your favorite bottle of wine.

Type: American

Location: 15469 Illinois Highway 127, Carlyle, IL 62231

Guzman’s Restaurant

Guzman’s Restaurant serves a variety of Mexican favorites like fajitas, quesadillas, burritos, and enchiladas. Indulge in a peach and passion margarita or Mexican bulldog margarita.

Type: Mexican

Location: 1150 12th Street, Carlyle, IL 62231

Duey's on Fairfax

Mouthwatering selections of funky fresh salads, gourmet artisanal subs, and homemade seasonal soups are served at Duey's on Fairfax. They offer both indoor and outdoor dining. Several live music events are held on the new update back patio.

Type: American

Location: 1028 Fairfax Street, Carlyle, IL 62231

Shopping

Walmart Supercenter

The closest grocery store to the state park is the Walmart Supercenter. Here, you can obtain all you need to restock your RV refrigerator, camping supplies, and more. There is a pharmacy where you can refill your prescriptions with ease.

Location: 2591 12th Street, Carlyle, IL 62231

The Crescent Moon

The Crescent Moon is a place to go for decorating your RV, home, or business. Popular items include curtains, artwork, candles, quilts, and seasonal items.

Location: 3720 12th Street, Carlyle, IL 62231

Carlyle Meat Market

Beef, poultry, and other meats are sold at the Carlyle Meat Market. The market sells gluten-free items, lunch specials, and more. They process deer meat here as well.

Location: 2141 Franklin Street, Carlyle, IL 62231

B & P Jighead

Bait, lines, and hooks are sold at B & P Jighead. The shop is situated right beside Carlyle Lake, making it convenient for anglers to get their supplies.

Location: 250 Methodist Street, Carlyle, IL 62231

CVS

CVS is the ideal place to refill a prescription or pick a few odds and ends. They sell a variety of cosmetics, beauty supplies, snacks, medical supplies, and more.

Location: 1171 Franklin Street, Carlyle, IL 62231

Sightseeing

Twelve Oaks Vineyard

Unwind and relax as you observe the view at Twelve Oaks Vineyard. Award-winning wines are produced right from the vineyard. At the tasting room, you can sample various wines such as Chambourcin rose, traminette, and so much more.

Location: 18975 Vogel Road, Carlyle, IL 62231

American Farm Heritage Museum

The American Farm Heritage Museum is solely run by volunteers. Various events are held here such as fall festivals, farm heritage days, swap meets, Christmas displays, etc. Learn about the history of Greenville and how the people lived, dressed, and did chores.

Location: 1395 Museum Avenue, Greenville, IL 62246

General Dean Bridge

The bridge is named after Major General William F Dean, who served in the Korean War and was a native of Carlyle. The General Dean Suspension Bridge extends across the Kaskaskia River at Carlyle. 

Location: Carlyle, IL 62231

Hoiles-Davis Museum

The Hoiles-Davis Museum operates under the Bond County Historical Society with funding assistance from the Kingsbury Park District. You will learn the history behind the Norman House and all its occupants over the years.

Location: 409 S 4th Street, Greenville, IL 62246

DeMoulin Museum

Founded in 2010, the DeMoulin Museum is famous for its lodge initiation devices. The museum pays tribute to devices made for pulling pranks like the fake camera that sprays water into your face after you say cheese or a chair that fires a blank gunshot, rings a bell, and gives an electric shock when you sit down. You can enjoy a hands-on experience with the spanking machine, bucking goat, and electric branding iron.

Location: 2205 S Prairie Street, Greenville, IL 62246

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How to Get to
Eldon Hazlet State Park

From Carlyle, follow Illinois Highway 127 North/12th Street through town. Turn right onto Hazlet State Park Road/County Road 1700 North/Hazlet Park Road, and then follow this for 6.5 miles. Turn left to stay on Hazlet Park Road. Your destination will be on the right.

From Keyesport, head west on W Clinton Street toward Main Street/Porter Street, travel for about 3 miles, and then turn left onto County Road 2000E/Hopewell Road. Continue to follow Hopewell Road, turn right onto Marydale Road, go a short distance, and turn left onto Fisher Road. Travel for approximately 2 miles, and then turn left onto County Road 1700 N/Hazlet Park Road. Turn left to stay on Hazlet Park Road. Your destination will be on the right.

Entering Eldon Hazlet State Park

Eldon Hazlet State Park is open 24/7.

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1-4 adults

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