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Date(s) - 04/08/2024
12:00 am

Cedar Lake


On April 8, at 1:59 PM, Carbondale, Illinois will officially become the “Eclipse Crossroads of America” as this
year’s total solar Eclipse crosses over the path from the total solar eclipse we experienced here in 2017. The
exact cross-points are within Carbondale’s Cedar Lake.

Cedar Lake will be open and available for guests to come observe the Eclipse in this truly iconic location. Spots
at Cedar Lake will all be first-come first-serve. Below is important info and guidelines for our guests to be able
to plan their most enjoyable Eclipse experience possible.

-Poplar Camp Beach will be open for visitors. There are restrooms available for guest at this site. No swimming
or alcohol will be allowed at this location, and there is no boat access allowed from the beach. There is no
admission fee at this site.

-There will be full access to the Carbondale Boat Launch- The gates will open at 9 AM, unless traffic is an issue
at this time. NO overnight parking is allowed and visitors will be turned around once the parking lot is full.
Restrooms are also available to guests at this site.

-Saddle Dam (at the end of Cedar Road) will be open for guests to view the Eclipse. Accessing the Main Dam
by foot and by boat to view the Eclipse will be allowed.

-General Access Points (Trailhead)- like the other locations, no overnight parking will be allowed here & no
camping will be allowed on these sites. Trail maps are available at each of our trailheads via a QR code.

For more information, contact the City of Carbondale’s Public Relations Officer at 618-457-3262 or Cedar Lake
Manager at 618-549-8441

“Carbondale prides itself on providing its visitors, students, businesses and residents with a unique mix of edge
and ease. It’s a cultural town, yet free of pretense, embracing the great outdoors as readily as urban
sophistication. Here, we are open to new ideas, experiences and cultures, so you are encouraged to both
express yourself and be yourself, in all ways. That’s Carbondale…All Ways Open… for family, fun, business,
new ideas and a bright tomorrow.”

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