Located in Macoupin County 7 miles southwest of Carlinville and situated in an oak/hickory woodland, Beaver Dam State Park offers a variety of recreational opportunities on its 750 acres. Fishing, picnicking, hiking, and tent and trailer camping are among the most popular activities. Although the beaver is virtually gone from this area, the park is named for a beaver dam that created its lake.
There is another half to the trail that takes you up through tent camping and trailer camping areas and winds down through wilderness areas. Lots of creeks to go over and tracks to see. Great for teaching kids coyote, raccoon and deer tracks. Total distance just over 3 miles. Will upload map next time.
Beaver damn is about 30 minutes from my where I live so I go there often to kayak and trout fish. They stock the lake with trout in the fall but have also caught bass and catfish as well. There is a hiking trail around the lake but it is not very long. Only takes about 20-30 minutes to walk. Overall great place near the great town of carlinville
I frequently take my kayak out to this lake in the summer to either paddle around or fish for catfish, bass, and bluegill. In the fall they release the trout into the lake which is always a great attraction. The hiking trail that goes around the lake is nice
Jeffery G. on Beaver Dam Loop
Easy, quiet hike.