Did you know...

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...]

Latest News Releases

Bill Emerson Memorial Visitor Center Opening Date and Program Dates

The Bill Emerson Memorial Visitor Center which is located near the Gate House, south of the dam, just off Highway T will soon be open.
Published: 4/23/2014

There's Something for Everyone at the Great Rivers Festival

The Meeting of the Rivers Foundation (MTRF), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and their many partners are throwing a party for our great rivers! The first annual Great Rivers Festival will be at the National Great Rivers Museum in Alton, IL and the Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary in West Alton, MO from 10 am - 5 pm on Saturday May 17th. A party so big, it spans the Mississippi River!
Published: 4/23/2014

Temporary Closure of Dam West Boat Ramp

CARLYLE LAKE - The FLW College Fishing Circuit will be holding a Central Conference Bass Fishing Tournament at Carlyle Lake on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at the Dam West Boat Ramp in the Dam West Day Use Area. Anglers will take off from the Dam West Boat Ramp at 6:30 a.m. and weigh in will begin at 2:30 p.m. Take off and weigh in are free and open to the public. To ensure visitor and public safety, the Dam West Boat Ramp will be closed from Friday, April 25th at 10:00 p.m. through Saturday, April 26th at 4:00 p.m. Visitors wishing to launch a boat should use the Allen Branch or Apache Boat Ramps located in Eldon Hazlet State Park or the Dam East and Keyesport Boat Ramps which will be available to the general public during this period.
Published: 4/22/2014

36th Annual Old Greenville Black Powder Rendezvous This Weekend at Wappapello Lake

All roads in southeast Missouri will lead to the Greenville Recreation Area at Wappapello Lake on April 12 and 13, 2014, for the 36th Annual Old Greenville Black Powder Rendezvous. This event is the longest consecutive rendezvous in the state of Missouri. Many families have made this event a tradition. There will be something for all ages to do. Check out the traders, food, old-time children’s games, and primitive lodges. Watch or participate in the competitive activities such as black powder shooting, hawk and knife throwing, bow shooting, and fire starting. Adult entry fee for those in primitive attire is $10. For those in modern dress it is $12. Teenage division (13-17 years old) fee is $5 and will shoot with adults. Youth division ages 12 and under shoots for free with adult supervision. Women may compete in Women’s Division or Open Division. Event hours are 9 a.m. to dark on Saturday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free to the public.
Published: 4/8/2014

Carlyle Lake Main Dam Bridge Deck Closure

CARLYLE LAKE – On Monday, April 14, 2014, the Carlyle Lake Main Dam bridge deck will be closed for maintenance work. The work is a continuation from prior structural repairs and painting performed in 2006. Repairs will include sandblasting and repainting the four tainter gates at the Carlyle Lake Main Dam. These repairs will ensure the integrity and increase the longevity of the structure. The repairs are expected to last through the entire recreation season and work is scheduled to be completed in September 2014. The schedule of work is contingent upon weather and lake level, and may be adjusted.
Published: 4/8/2014

Around the District

2013 Ready, Set, Wear It!