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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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Waterfowl Hunting Opportunities for Sportsmen with Disabilities

CARLYLE LAKE - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers would like to announce waterfowl hunting opportunities for sportsmen with disabilities at Carlyle Lake. Two accessible waterfowl blinds will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis for the 2014-2015 Illinois South Central Zone Waterfowl Season. The first blind is located at the Saddle Dam III Wetland Complex area near the Hughes Road East entrance to Saddle Dam III. The second blind is located in the recently constructed Steins Field Wetland Unit east of South Shore State Park.
Published: 9/30/2014

James Hawn Waterfowl Blind Drawings To Be Held

CARLYLE LAKE - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers would like to announce a regulation change for waterfowl hunters wishing to hunt the James Hawn Wetland Area on November 8th and 9th, 2014. A lottery drawing will be held for six designated waterfowl blinds located in the area during the opening weekend of the 2014-15 Illinois South Central Zone waterfowl season.
Published: 9/30/2014

Rivers Project Canal Access Area Closure

The US Army Corps of Engineers, Rivers Project Office, is announcing the temporary closure of the Canal Access Area in Granite City, IL. This access area will be closed from October 3, 2014 at 7 p.m. until October 4, 2014 at 2 p.m. for the Lewis and Clark Frontier Dog Walk and Picnic. For more information on this event, contact Mike Stout at (618) 251-5811.
Published: 9/24/2014

Rivers Project Two Rivers South Access Area Closure

The US Army Corps of Engineers, Rivers Project Office, is announcing the temporary closure of the Two Rivers South Access Area in Rockport, IL. This access area will be closed from October 1-31, 2014 for dredging. Boats wishing to launch in this section of the river should use Two Rivers North Access Area to the north or Gosline Access Area to the south.
Published: 9/24/2014

Army Corps of Engineers waives fees on National Public Lands Day, Sept. 27

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) will waive day use fees at its more than 2,200 USACE-operated recreation areas nationwide in recognition of National Public Lands Day on Sept. 27. On this day, fees normally charged at boat launch ramps and swimming beaches will be waived.
Published: 9/24/2014

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