• Corps of Engineers invites public aboard the largest diesel towboat on the Mississippi River

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers St. Louis District will provide two opportunities for no-cost public tours aboard the region's largest diesel towboat, the Motor Vessel MISSISSIPPI, at two ports in early August. For safety and COVID-19 concerns, groups will be limited to 10 with a maximum limit of 80 visitors allowed onboard at any time while all will be required to wear a mask and temperature checks may be required.
  • Ray Behrens/Frank Russell Campgrounds Will Re-Open July 26, 2021

    Mark Twain Lake, July 23, 2021 – Storm debris removal has been completed in the Ray Behrens and Frank Russell Campgrounds. The Campgrounds will re-open on July 26, 2021 at 5:00 P.M. Reservations will be available for the Ray Behrens, Frank Russell, and Indian Creek Campground starting on July 26. The Ray Behrens and Frank Russell Campgrounds accumulated large wood debris piles inside of the recreation areas. The wood debris piles continue to smolder but the majority of each pile has been burned. Mark Twain Lake Staff will allow the areas to burn off over the weekend and extinguish the fires on Monday, July 26. We ask that everyone avoid the debris piles. Other areas re-opening on Monday, July 26:
  • Weekend Activities at Carlyle Lake: July 23-25

    This time of year is often referred to as the “Dog Days of Summer.” When visiting the lake with your pets, please follow a few simple rules to ensure everyone has a fun and safe visit. Pets must be kept on a leash no longer than six feet and must be kept under control at all times. Owners must pick up and properly dispose of animal waste. Animal waste bag dispensers are located throughout the project.
  • Corps of Engineers & University City to hold virtual public meeting for the University City Branch, River Des Peres General Reevaluation Report

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Louis District, in coordination with the non-Federal sponsor, the City of University City, Mo., is hosting a virtual public meeting on July 26 to present information and gather feedback from the public on the University City Branch, River Des Peres, Missouri GRR with integrated Environment Assessment, a Flood Risk Management study. The meeting will be hosted virtually using the WebEx platform, and it will include an overview of the study process including preliminary findings and the several alternatives currently under consideration to reduce flood risk to business owners and residents such as nonstructural measures (i.e. wet/dry floodproofing or elevation of structures), the creation of detention basins, and flood risk awareness and outreach efforts.
  • All Mark Twain Lake Corps Campgrounds at Mark Twain Lake Placed on Hold

    Mark Twain Lake, July 13, 2021 – The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers announces the Frank Russell, Ray Behrens and Indian Creek Campgrounds will be unavailable for any future reservations July 19, 2021 through September 13, 2021. Currently, the Ray Behrens and Frank Russell Campgrounds are closed from July 11, 2021, through July 18, 2021 for damage repairs caused by the July 9 storms. The Indian Creek Campground was also impacted but crews were able to make repairs to keep the area open. Available Indian Creek camping spots are currently being used to accommodate the displaced campers from the Ray Behrens and Frank Russell areas.
  • Hazardous Tree Cleanup in Ray Behrens/Frank Russell Campgrounds

    Mark Twain Lake, July 12, 2021 – Due to the storms that took place over the weekend of July 9, 2021, the Ray Behrens and Frank Russell Campgrounds will be burning large amounts of wood debris throughout the week of July 12, 2021. This may possibly extend into the next few weeks. The Frank Russell Campground, Ray Behrens Campground, Warren G. See South Spillway, M.W. Boudreaux Memorial Visitor Center, Spalding Day Use, Bluffview Recreation Area, and H/F 70 have been closed off to all vehicle traffic. Pedestrian foot traffic will not be allowed inside any of these closed recreation areas.
  • UPDATED - Mark Twain Lake High Water Update

    Mark Twain Lake, July 12, 2021 – UPDATE - The Salt River basin that forms Mark Twain Lake is expected to crest on Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at 630.8 NGVD. Normal lake elevation is 606.0 NGVD. You will likely find floating and submerged debris on the lake so please be cautious and always wear a life jacket. All high water boat ramps are being utilized with a courtesy dock in place.
  • Ray Behrens-Frank Russell Closure

    Mark Twain Lake, July 7, 2021 – Due to the storms that took place over the weekend of July 9, 2021, the Ray Behrens and Frank Russell Campgrounds are closed beginning Sunday July 11, 2021 – Sunday July 18, 2021, as a minimum timeframe. Additional delays openings are expected past this date. A large amount of storm debris is in the campgrounds, as well as a lack of power and sewer in the area is currently being evaluated.
  • South Fork Closure

    Mark Twain Lake, July 11, 2021 – The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers announces that the South Fork Recreation Area will be closed to public use beginning July 13, 2021. The area will be closed for approximately four days to accommodate public safety. The boat ramp will be utilized as a staging area to demobilize work barge units used for the erosion protection project, that occurred in proximity to the South Fork Recreation Area. When demobilization is completed and the boat ramp is no longer needed to stage equipment, the area will re-open for public use.
  • Let’s talk about levees: USACE, Levee District, and City of Wood River partner for community awareness campaign

    Often times levees are only talked about during crises. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Louis District, the Wood River Drainage and Levee District, and Wood River city officials are changing that with a community awareness campaign all about the Wood River levee systems.