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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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Jerry F. Costello Lock and Dam Dedication Ceremony

CARLYLE LAKE – On Thursday, November 6, 2014 a dedication ceremony will be held to commemorate the renaming of the Kaskaskia Lock and Dam to the Jerry F. Costello Lock and Dam. The ceremony will be held at ten o’clock in the morning adjacent to the pavilion at the upstream boat ramp of the Jerry F. Costello Lock and Dam (formerly the Kaskaskia River Project Lock and Dam).
Published: 10/17/2014

Shuttles to be used at Indian Creek Halloween Walk

Mark Twain Lake – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Mark Twain Lake Chamber of Commerce are
Published: 10/16/2014

Mark Twain Lake Waterfowl Refuge and No Hunting Zones

Mark Twain Lake – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers manages a waterfowl refuge on the Middle Fork and
Published: 10/15/2014

Firewood Cutting at Mark Twain Lake

Mark Twain Lake – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has announced that firewood cutting for personal
Published: 10/15/2014

Fall Opportunities at Carlyle Lake

CARLYLE LAKE – Fall is a beautiful time for camping! Enjoy the cool fall temperatures with family and friends while roasting hot dogs and marshmallows over a crackling campfire. Carlyle Lake offers opportunities at several campgrounds that stay open for fall camping. Dam West and McNair Campgrounds will be open through 4 p.m. Saturday, November 1st, Boulder Campground will be open through 4p.m. Wednesday, October 15th, and Dam East and Hazlet State Park Campgrounds are open year round.
Published: 10/14/2014

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