Tamalco Boat Ramp at Carlyle Lake [Dark Sky Site]
FROM ST. LOUIS: Take 1-55/70, then I-70 East to IL 127, Exit 45 (Greenville); head south on IL 127
FROM HIGHLAND: Take IL 143 north out of town; turn east on IL 143 through Pierron to IL 127 (14.2 miles on IL 143 to IL 127); turn right (south) on IL 127
FROM SOUTH (CARLYLE): Take IL 127 north
You are looking for Tamalco Road, look for the sign for the Tamalco Boat Ramp. If you are coming from St. Louis or Highland, traveling south on IL 127, Tamalco Road is the first left after the 143/127 intersection, about 1/3 of a mile past 143, on the left
If you are coming from Carlyle, the road will be 1/3 of a mile before 143, on the right (makes sense, eh?). I think it is about 10 miles on 127 from Carlyle to the IL 143 intersection.
Once you turn on Tamalco Road you will stay on it for 5 to 6 miles and run right into the ramp. There will be a 90 degree left after about a mile, then in about ¼ of a mile there is a T in the road; make a right and stay on Tamalco Road. You will continue on, go through the town of Tamalco, over the railroad tracks, then about another mile to a stop sign at Mulberry Grove Road.
Go straight across Mulberry Grove Road to stay on Tamalco, there is another sign for the boat ramp there. There will be a cemetery on the left, then the entrance for the shooting club on the left, then the road winds about ¼ of a mile through a wooded area. You will see a sign for the boat ramp straight ahead, turn right into the parking lot.
I usually park right in the middle of the lot to get max clearance on all sides. We could circle the cars there in the middle to protect ourselves from any wayward teenagers that don't turn off their lights!