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In America’s steamboat era, the main danger to waterborne travel and commerce was neither fire nor explosions, but rather snags—trees that had fallen into the rivers as a result of bank erosion. The current carried them to the center of the stream, and the heavier end, that with the roots, became lodged in the riverbed with the other end pointed downstream at an angle. A snag could punch a hole in a boat’s hull, often causing it to sink. Particularly dangerous were the fallen trees that lay hidden beneath the river’s surface. Snags caused enormous losses of vessels, cargoes, and lives.

During an age when America moved mostly by water, the Corps of Engineers began removing snags and other obstructions on navigable rivers in 1824. [More...]

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Sleep under the stars at the 5th Annual Family Campout

Alton, Ill. – Get your family together for an outdoor adventure at the 5th Annual Family Campout on September 27-28, 2014. This year’s festivities will include archery, family teambuilding games, campfire cooking competitions, stargazing, and an outdoor movie after dark! This event is in celebration of National Public Lands Day. What better way to celebrate our Public Lands than to spend the night on the banks of the Mississippi River!
Published: 9/16/2014

Red Cross Blood Drive at Lake Shelbyville Visitor Center

Lake Shelbyville – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Lake Shelbyville is partnering with the American Red Cross for a blood drive on Thursday, September 18, 2014. The blood drive is from 12 p.m. until 6 p.m. at the Lake Shelbyville Visitor Center Auditorium. Participants who attempt to donate will receive a voucher for a free night of camping at Lake Shelbyville. The certificate can be used at any standard, single capacity, non-reservable site at Bo Wood, Coon Creek, Lithia Springs, Lone Point, or Opossum Creek.
Published: 9/16/2014

Providing Accessibility: General Dacey Trail Hay Ride

Lake Shelbyville – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Lake Shelbyville and the General Dacey Trail are teaming up to provide access to the trail for those who are physically unable. On Thursday, October 9, 2014 hay ride tours of the General Dacey Trail will be offered for all, young and old, who are physically unable to walk the trail on their own. To provide the best experience possible, you are encouraged to make your reservations as soon as possible as space is limited.
Published: 9/16/2014

Waterfowl hunting opportunities at Lake Shelbyville

Lake Shelbyville – Okaw Wetland offers ten waterfowl blinds that will be available on a first-come, first-served basis 7 days a week only during the 2014 Early Goose and Teal waterfowl-hunting seasons. Due to limited size of the area, all hunting in the wetland complex will be strictly controlled during the remainder of the waterfowl hunting season. Hunters using the area during the regular waterfowl season are required to have a Special Use Permit in their possession while hunting. To obtain a Special Use Permit initially, all hunters must make a reservation by telephone. Reservations will be accepted Wednesday, October 1, 2014, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Published: 9/16/2014

Blood Drive Donors to Receive Free Camping

Carlyle Lake - The American Red Cross in cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be hosting a blood drive on Thursday, September 18th at the Carlyle Lake Visitor Center from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The American Red Cross works diligently every day to keep an adequate supply of blood available. The need for blood is ongoing—24 hours a day, 365 days a year. In the United States a blood transfusion is needed every two seconds. The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give the gift of life to help meet the demand.
Published: 9/15/2014

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