Lake Carlton

Whiteside County - Illinois
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Lake Carlton is located in Morrison-Rockwood State Park, north of Morrison in Whiteside County.
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Caught by Jay Johnson
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Frequently Asked Questions About Lake Carlton, IL

How big is Lake Carlton?
Lake Carlton is approximately 70 sq acres (0.3 sq km) in size with 3 miles (4.5 km) of shoreline.

How deep is Lake Carlton?
Lake Carlton is approximately 27 feet (8.2 m) at its deepest point with an average depth of 11 feet (3.4 m).

What kind of fish can you catch in Lake Carlton?
Although thery may be others but anglers can expect to find a variety of fish including Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Muskie and Walleye in Lake Carlton.

Other fish species in the lake include Redear Sunfish and Saugeye.

Are there places to stay in the Lake Carlton area?
Are you craving a weekend escape from the hustle and bustle of city life? Or maybe you're an avid angler in search of the perfect fishing spot? Look no further! Lake Carlton and its surrounding area offer an abundance of options to suit your needs. If you're in need of accommodation, check out our area map which highlights some of the best places to stay. And if you're looking for even more options, head on over to our Travel section. But why settle for a traditional hotel or resort when you can take your adventure to the next level by renting a RV? The open road awaits you!
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Are there topographical lake maps available Lake Carlton?
We have an topograpical map for online viewing near the top of this page. Lake-Link Pro users can download an print a topograpical map of Lake Carlton (.pdf format) along with 2,700 more lake maps. For more information on all the benefits of Lake-Link Pro click here.

Are there places to eat and drink near Lake Carlton?
Yes, you can find numerous options in the area. Click the button below to see what's nearby.

What is the fishing outlook for Lake Carlton?
What does the future look like for Lake Carlton? We have some insignt on what to expect for a number of fish species in Lake Carlton.

Explore the Lake Carlton area in a RV
Are you looking for an adventurous vacation option that won't break the bank? Look no further than renting an RV! Contrary to popular belief, the process is much simpler than you might imagine. With just a few easy steps, you'll soon be experiencing the ultimate freedom and convenience of exploring the open road in your very own recreational vehicle. And the best part? RV travel can save you up to 60% compared to other types of vacations! With the money you'll save, you'll be able to travel even more and create unforgettable memories along the way. So why wait? Start planning your next adventure today with an RV rental. Learn more about renting a RV.

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History & Status of the Fishery
Lake Carlton is a watershed impoundment constructed in 1969 by building a 38-foot high, 1,800-foot long earthen dam across a stream. The lake was named in memory of L. Carlton Anderson, a local citizen who actively promoted the park and was an important civic and conservation leader.

Controling Authority
Morrison Rockwood State Park
18750 Lake Road
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, David Wyffels

What is the average air temp for Lake Carlton?
Looking forward to your next adventure at Lake Carlton? Don't forget to plan ahead! Weather can be unpredictable, but we've got you covered. On average, air temperatures during this time of year range from a high around 50°F (10°C) to a low around 30°F (-1°C). Of course, these are just historical averages, so be prepared for anything Mother Nature throws your way. For the most up-to-date weather information, be sure to check out our Weather Bar located at the top of this page.

Are there any state parks near Lake Carlton?
Enjoy more of the outdoors with a visit to an area state park. There are 1 state park in the vacinity of Lake Carlton.

For more Illinois State Park information see our State Park Guide.

Lake Carlton Reviews
Below is the word on street about Lake Carlton.
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cody m.
5 star rating
Awesome fishing
Reviewed Aug 18, 2013
todd b.
3 star rating
I've been to this lake 10 times or so. Have caught some nice LM bass and lost a few lures to accidental muskies. Have seen a few upper 30's Muskie caught. Small lake and descent pressure. It's ok but not a destination lake for sure.
Reviewed Jun 26, 2013
john m.
5 star rating
Personally i love this lake. There are plenty of docks and places to fish if you do not have a boat with a small motor, and i've been catching tons of Largemouth Bass the last 2 weeks. I hear people pulling up to the dock and complaining about poor fishing, but i've had great luck every night i've gone. About a week ago i pulled a 2 1/2 lb largemouth from the lake and i catch keepers just about everynight. I mainly fish for bass but have caught a few catfish within the last week. A few years ago i used to fish for crappie and would catch some pretty nice ones each time i went out. Imo this is one of the better lakes to fish in northern illinois, i just wish i lived closer so i wouldn't have to drive so far to fish it.
Reviewed Aug 24, 2008

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