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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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Fall and Winter Camping Opportunities at Carlyle Lake

Fall and winter is a wonderful time to go camping offering campers beautiful landscapes, solitude, inspiration, natural quiet, and a place to get away. Carlyle Lake offers two campgrounds that are open year around - Dam East Spillway Campground located in the Dam East Spillway Area and the IIini Campground located in Eldon Hazlet State Park
Published: 11/10/2014

Regular dialogue with the navigation industry continues to keep commerce moving on the Mississippi River system

Near constant communication between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the navigation industry and the U.S. Coast Guard is allowing commercial barge traffic to safely pass a restricted section of the lower Mississippi River (miles 632–635) near Fair Landing, Ark., and 30 miles south of Helena, Ark., with most delays less than 10 hours.
Published: 11/10/2014

Lake Shelbyville Disabled Deer Hunt Volunteers Needed

Lake Shelbyville- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Lake Volunteers Association at Lake Shelbyville will hold the 25th Annual Deer Hunt for People with Disabilities on November 21, 22 and 23, 2014. Volunteers are needed to help with the hunt.
Published: 11/10/2014

Lake Shelbyville Water Control Operations/ Dam Safety Public Meeting

Lake Shelbyville – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will host a meeting with the public to discuss the current Water Control Plan, the 2015 Water Control Operations and Dam Safety on Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.
Published: 11/10/2014

Temporary Area Closings during Deer Seasons at Rend Lake

REND LAKE – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers would like to remind visitors that the some recreation areas will be closed to all vehicle and foot traffic during the first weekend of the 2014 firearm deer season, November 21-23, 2014. In addition, all sections of the Rend Lake Bike Trail, which are under the management of the Corps of Engineers, will be temporarily close to persons not actively involved in the sport of deer hunting. This closure will be in effect during all state firearm deer hunting seasons.
Published: 11/10/2014

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