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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The Golden Age and Golden Access Passports have been replaced by the America the Beautiful – the National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Passes.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

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 recreational opportunities. While participating in water related recreational activities, always wear your life jacket. Over two-thirds of people who drown never had any intention of being in the water.
Published: 6/20/2018

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 recreational opportunities. While participating in water related recreational activities, always wear your life jacket. Over two-thirds of people who drown never had any intention of being in the water.
Published: 6/12/2018

Halloween Walk Reservations Open June 6 at 9 a.m.

The Annual Indian Creek Halloween Walk will be held October 19th & 20th, 2018. Reservations for camping during the Annual Indian Creek Halloween Walk at Mark Twain Lake will be accepted starting June 6, 2018 at 9 a.m. You must decorate your site in order to camp in the event area. Reservations can be made through the centralized reservation system website at www.recreation.gov or by calling toll free at 1-877-444-6777.
Published: 6/5/2018

Dam East Spillway Closure for Road Work

CARLYLE LAKE – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Carlyle Lake will be performing routine road maintenance and resurfacing work in the Dam East Spillway Recreation Area beginning Wednesday, 6 June 2018. All work is scheduled to be completed by Friday, 8 June 2018. These closures are necessary to provide public safety while work crews are on-site. Areas impacted will include the Dam East Spillway road including the Dam East Spillway Campground which will be closed from Wednesday, 6 June 2018 through Friday, 8 June 2018.
Published: 6/5/2018

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. While participating in water related recreation activities, always wear your life jacket. Over two-thirds of people who drown never had any intention of being in the water.
Published: 6/5/2018

Memorial Day Weekend Activities at Carlyle Lake

CARLYLE LAKE – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Carlyle Lake is preparing for a fun and safe Memorial Day weekend. Whether you enjoy fishing, camping, boating, bike riding or other outdoor activities, Carlyle Lake offers an abundance of recreation opportunities. While participating in water related recreation activities, always wear your life jacket. Over two-thirds of individuals who drown never had any intention of being in the water.
Published: 5/23/2018

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