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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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Duck blind drawing, Mobility impaired deer hunt at Wappapello Lake

Wappapello Lake – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Wappapello Lake would like to announce two upcoming events. First, the annual duck blind drawing and registration will be held on August 16, 2014, at 1 p.m. in the multi-purpose room of the Bill Emerson Memorial Visitor Center. Secondly, in partnership with the Missouri Department of Conservation and the National Wild Turkey Federation, we are sponsoring a Mobility Impaired Modern Gun Deer Hunt on October 18 and 19, 2014. Applications are being accepted through August 29, 2014, and the drawing will be conducted on September 2, 2014.
Published: 7/30/2014

Hands-on science fun on August 2, 2014

Benton, IL- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Rend Lake invites you to attend this week’s Environmental Science Series program to be held in the Rend Lake Visitor Center on Saturday August 2nd . “Hands-on Science Fun” will be presented by The Science Center of Southern Illinois. Join us at 11:00 a.m. when we will be investigating volcanoes.
Published: 7/30/2014

Summer Hunting Opportunities at Carlyle Lake

CARLYLE LAKE – Carlyle Lake offers the outdoor sportsman a variety of late summer hunting opportunities. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources work together to manage the public lands and waters at Carlyle Lake. More than 10,000 acres of public lands are open to hunting to which all-current Illinois game laws and regulations are in effect. All hunters are also required to sign in and out daily and record harvest at the nearest hunter sign in box. Access areas are conveniently located around the lake to provide parking and access to public lands.
Published: 7/29/2014

Weekend Activities at Carlyle Lake

CARLYLE LAKE – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Carlyle Lake is preparing for a fun and safe weekend. Whether you enjoy fishing, camping, boating, bike riding or other outdoor activities, Carlyle Lake offers an abundance of recreation opportunities. While participating in water related recreation activities, always wear your life jacket. Over two-thirds of people who drown never had any intention of being in the water.
Published: 7/29/2014

Aquafest to be held at Dam West Beach at Lake Shelbyville

Lake Shelbyville – Aquafest at Dam West Beach is no ordinary day at the beach! The Lake Shelbyville, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be hosting Aquafest for Saturday, August 2 from noon to 4:00 p.m. Children and adults of ages all are welcome to attend.
Published: 7/24/2014

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