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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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23rd Annual Celebrate Duck Day at Carlyle Lake

CARLYLE LAKE - The 23rd Annual Kaskaskia River Duck Race returns to the Carlyle Lake West Spillway on Saturday, August 30, 2014, the event will have the same format as last year. Due to maintenance work and the closure of the bridge deck on the main dam, the event has been changed to “Celebrate Duck Day Event”. Thousands of ducks will be securely placed on land in a fenced area located in the West Spillway. A designated official will be blindfolded and randomly choose the winning ducks. The owner of the winning duck will be awarded $5,000 courtesy of the Maschhoffs and nine additional prizes will be issued to the runners-up. The top four runner-up prizes include four St. Louis Cardinal Tickets donated by Imming Insurance, Sunday Brunch for four people at Krieger’s at the Holiday Inn Atrium in Mt. Vernon, a gift basket and wing tray from Dairy King in Breese and gift basket including four passes to the 2015 Balloon Fest in Centralia, IL.
Published: 8/19/2014

Weekend Activities at 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. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers offers educational programs in the campgrounds and at the beaches every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday throughout the recreation season. Presentations are free and open to the public.
Published: 8/19/2014

"Remembering Our Fallen" Photo Exhibit at Bill Emerson Memorial Visitor Center

Wappapello Lake – An exhibit honoring the men and women who gave their lives in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars will soon be on display at the Bill Emerson Memorial Visitor Center at Wappapello Lake. “Remembering Our Fallen” will be brought to the visitor center courtesy of the Bellevue University and Wappapello Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3416 from August 27 through September 1, 2014.
Published: 8/18/2014

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. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers offers educational programs in the campgrounds and at the beaches every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday throughout the recreation season. Presentations are free and open to the public.
Published: 8/12/2014

Corps of Enigneers reopens main chamber at Mel Price Locks

Alton, Ill. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers St. Louis District reopened the main lock chamber to river traffic at Melvin Price Locks and Dam today after completing emergency repairs to one of the busiest locks on the Mississippi River.
Published: 8/8/2014

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