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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The Golden Age and Golden Access Passports have been replaced by the America the Beautiful – the National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Passes.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, October 16, 2018 – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has announced that improvements
Published: 10/16/2018

Weekend Activities at Carlyle Lake

CARLYLE LAKE – Head to Carlyle Lake this weekend for a variety of family-friendly fall events.
Published: 10/15/2018

Hunter Ethics

CARLYLE LAKE - With the fall hunting season underway, hunters are reminded of their obligation to practice ethical and safe hunting while in the field. Remember, your personal ethics might not match your neighbors, but certain guidelines do pertain to all hunters.
Published: 10/9/2018

Waterfowl Hunting Opportunities for Sportsmen with Disabilities

CARLYLE LAKE - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Carlyle Lake offers waterfowl hunting opportunities for sportsmen with disabilities. Two accessible waterfowl blinds will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis for the 2018-2019 Illinois South Central Zone Waterfowl Season. The first blind is located at the Saddle Dam III Wetland Complex area near the Hughes Road East entrance to Saddle Dam III. The second blind is located south of the Steins Field Parking Lot on Huey Road.
Published: 10/9/2018

Halloween Happenings at Carlyle Lake

CARLYLE LAKE – The Army Corps of Engineers is gearing up for a spooky Halloween season! There are a number of Halloween themed events taking place during the month of October at Carlyle Lake.
Published: 10/9/2018

Annual Halloween Walk at Mark Twain Lake Oct. 19 & 20, 2018

October 4, 2018, Mark Twain Lake – It’s that time of year again when the Indian Creek Campground at
Published: 10/4/2018

Recreation Around the District

Water Safety Public Service Announcement


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