Parks & Recreations
Loveless ParkLoveless Park Sports Complex, a volunteer effort which earned the community two Governor's Home Town Awards in 1992, is a multi-sport facility located in southwest Carlinville. Players and spectators alike marvel at the facilities available here. Full-size and half-court soccer fields, baseball and softball diamonds, basketball courts, batting cages, fitness trail, playground and picnic pavilion are just a few of the highlights. The park has lighting for evening games and has hosted several regional and national tournaments throughout the various seasons.
In addition to Loveless Park, the Carlinville Park District operates four neighborhood parks with ball fields, playgrounds, and picnic areas: Legion, Tom Thumb, Denby and Tower Grove-an outdoor skateboard facility and a municipal pool.
The City of Carlinville boasts two small man-made lakes just to the south of the city which serve the water needs of the community and provide recreational outlets as well.
At one or both of these lakes you might find a boat launch ramp, fishing, swimming, bath house and camping facilities. Beaver Dam State Park, named for the creatures that first built its lake, is located just seven miles southwest of Carlinville. Camping, fishing, picnic grounds and hiking trails are a few of the features of this popular state park. This beautiful 737-acre woodland area offers public playgrounds, restaurant, boat rentals, bait, boat launch and more.
A bowling alley, movie theater and modern public library round out the leisure-time facilities.
Beaver Dam State Park
Located 7 miles southwest of Carlinville in an Oak/Hickory woodland, Beaver Dam State Park offers a variety of recreational activities on its 750 acres. Among the most popular activities are fishing, picnicking, hiking, and tent and trailer camping. The combination of upland and bottomland woods, farmland, open fields, a lake and a marsh combine to provide habitat for many kinds of animals. A quiet walker may discover deer, fox, raccoons, grey squirrels, wild turkeys, hawks, owls and woodpeckers. White Squirrels, which are not albinos but rather a white-color phase of the grey squirrel, are periodically seen within the park boundaries. Some different types of songbirds which enrich the natural setting are bluebirds, orioles, finches, cardinals, titmice, nuthatches, chickadees, peewees, and cuckoos. Waterfowl and shorebirds are found seasonally in the park. Pileated woodpeckers are also commonly seen. For more information call: 854-8020 or 854-2141.
Carlinville Lake and Campground
Carlinville Lake and Campground is located 3 miles from Carlinville, IL south off Route 4. The campground is located on Lake #1 and offers a lot for campers, fishermen and boaters. It is open April 1 - October 31. The campground has RV and tent sites, playground, two shower houses, beach, recreation equipment for children and more. Lake #2 is a fishing lake in a quiet serene setting.
If you would like information for either lake or the campground, please contact the lake office at 217.854.4076.