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St. Louis District Recreation

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is the largest provider of water-based outdoor recreation in the nation. The St. Louis District also operates and maintains five lakes and their associated recreational areas. These lakes, which serve a variety of purposes ranging from flood protection and recreation to potable water supply and hydroelectricity, average over 15 million visitors a year.Visitors of all ages can enjoy traditional activities like hiking, biking, fishing, camping and hunting, and for those slightly more adventurous there is windsurfing, disc golf, mountain biking and geo-caching. Regardless of your favorite activity one thing is certain, recreation enriches people's lives. A visit to an Army Corps of Engineers' recreation area can strengthen family ties and friendships; create unforgettable memories and connect people to nature that will last a lifetime.

Federal Recreation Passes

Golden Age and Golden Access Passports

The Golden Age and Golden Access Passports have been replaced by the America the Beautiful – the National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Passes. The requirements to obtain the new Senior and Access passes remain the same (Senior: U.S. citizen 62 years old or older - Access: U.S. citizen legally blind or permanently disabled).

The existing Golden Age and Golden Access Passports are still valid and do not need to be replaced.

Due to the way the legislation was written, the Corps of Engineers is not authorized to issue the new passes, however, the Corps will honor them. These passes are available at many of the federal recreation areas administered by the National Park Service; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; U.S. Forest Service; Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Reclamation.

These passes are good for life and entitle the bearer to a reduction in fees at federally-operated, recreation facilities.

Latest News Releases

Mark Twain Lake Shooting Range Closed for Repairs

September 14, 2018, Mark Twain Lake – The David C. Berti Shooting Range located in the Warren G. See
Published: 9/14/2018

MDC, partners to host MoNASP archery tournament at Mark Twain Lake Oct. 20

MONROE CITY, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), together with the U.S. Army Corps
Published: 9/12/2018


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will offer a skill session of the Missouri Department of
Published: 9/11/2018

South Spillway Boat Ramp Closed Temporarily on September 5

Mark Twain Lake, Monroe City, Missouri – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Mark Twain Lake will
Published: 8/29/2018

Pirate Day at the M.W. Boudreaux Visitor Center at Mark Twain Lake September 15th

August 29, 2018, Mark Twain Lake – Come set sail with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Mark
Published: 8/29/2018

Serengeti Steve at the M.W. Boudreaux Memorial Visitor Center

Mark Twain Lake, Monroe City, Missouri – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Mark Twain Lake invite
Published: 8/29/2018

Recreation Around the District

Water Safety Public Service Announcement


Water Safety