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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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ROAD WORK ON CLARENCE CANNON DAM

Mark Twain Lake --The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Mark Twain Lake would like the public to be
Published: 8/29/2014

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Water Safety Tips for Labor Day Holiday

Carlyle Lake — It’s almost time to say goodbye to summer. If you’ll be spending the weekend on or around the water this Labor Day, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers urges you to remember these safety tips. Before heading out for the lake or river, be sure you have a life jacket on hand for everyone. Know your swimming ability. And if you plan to swim at a lake, please do so at a designated swim beach that is marked with a buoy line.
Published: 8/27/2014

ROAD WORK ON CLARENCE CANNON DAM

Mark Twain Lake --The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Mark Twain Lake would like the recreating
Published: 8/26/2014

Serengeti Steve returns to Rend Lake Visitor Center

REND LAKE - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers invites you to join us this Saturday, August 30th at the Rend Lake Visitor Center for the final Environmental Science Series Program of the 2014 season. The very popular, Serengeti Steve, will wrap up our season by presenting The Reptile Experience. Two programs will be presented the first begins at 11:00 a.m. and the second at 2:00 p.m. Join us as snakes, lizards, scorpions, and much more will be a part of your “reptile experience.”
Published: 8/26/2014

Temporary Closure of Saddle Dam II Roadway

The Saddle Dam II roadway between McNair Recreation Area and Dam East Boat Ramp will be temporarily closed to the general public from September 2nd through September 10th for road maintenance. The McNair Campground and Recreation Area and Dam East Boat Ramp will remain open to the general public during this timeframe. All visitors are asked to use the South Shore State Park entrance to access the Dam East Boat Ramp.
Published: 8/26/2014

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