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Poplar Camp Beach at Cedar Lake in Carbondale Opens Friday

CARBONDALE – The City of Carbondale announced Tuesday that it will be opening Poplar Camp Beach at Cedar Lake for the season Friday.

It will be open Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday through Monday from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.  

During the 2021 season, the Poplar Camp Beach will be open Wednesday through Sunday through Labor Day weekend. On weekdays, the beach will be open from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. On weekends and holidays, the beach will be open from 9:30 a.m. until 7 p.m. Due to lifeguard staffing issues, the City of Carbondale will close the beach on Mondays and Tuesdays. 

If you are a certified lifeguard, please consider applying with the City of Carbondale. The City is seeking six part-time lifeguards to supervise swimmers at Cedar Lake. For more information or to apply, go to

The concession stand this year will accept payments by credit or debit card.

Beachgoers are kindly asked to maintain social distance where possible.