Cedar Lake is located just south of Carbondale, IL, and is reasonably a major source of pride for the city. Cedar Lake is one of the most beautiful lakes in all of southern Illinois, with a scenic wooded shoreline that has been protected from over-development. Swimming is permitted at the public beach for a small fee.
Beach hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 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, and a lap lane. Red Cross certified lifeguards are on duty during beach hours, and the Carbondale Police patrol the beach. Restrooms, picnic tables, and a concession stand are also available. The fee for a single admission is $2.00 and children 4 years of age and younger are admitted free. Ten (10) visit passes are available for $15.00 and twenty (20) visit passes are available for $25.00.Cedar Lake