Dam East Spillway Day Use Area is situated on the southern shore of Carlyle Lake, a prime getaway for city-dwellers and families. Located 50 miles east of St. Louis, the area offers the peaceful retreat of a small town combined with the grandeur of Illinois' largest man-made lake. This facility has one reservable group picnic shelter that can accommodate up to 75 people, as well as 15 non-reservable individual campsites that are open year-round. It is connected to the Dam East Recreation Area. A courtesy dock and two boat ramps are available, including one of the best high water boat ramps on the lake. There is a beach located nearby at the McNair Group Area.