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SIU Campus Lake


Development Officer: Matt McCoy
Phone: 618/453-6096
Fax: 618/453-4911
Office:  Kaplan Hall, Room 219
Southern Illinois University Foundation
1235 Douglas Drive
Mail Code 6805
Carbondale, IL 62901
Make Reservations:  618/453-1245

One of the jewels of the SIU campus is its 40-acre, spring-fed lake. In 1956, the lake was purchased from the Thompson family and was drained and cleaned. As the lake underwent restoration, boat docks with canoes and rowboats were added. For six decades, students, staff and the community have flocked to the boathouse to enjoy a variety of outdoor experiences. Campus Lake has been a special place for generations of alumni and friends.

One of the most popular experiences was the moonlight canoeing event. Each month, when the moon was full, students and community members would come to the boathouse to enjoy a free canoe or paddleboat ride across the lake.

In recent years, issues with Campus Lake have forced regular closures, diminishing the impact of one of SIU’s preeminent landmarks. Now, with your help, we plan to restore and enhance the lake for generations to come.

Watch the SIU Campus Lake Beautification Project video for more information.


For reservation questions, email Amber Armstrong or call 618/453-1245. Learn more at the Student Recreation Center website.




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