• High Water in the Mississippi River Valley

    VICKSBURG, Miss. – Protecting people, infrastructure, commerce, agriculture and energy are always at the forefront of what we do at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mississippi Valley Division (MVD). National Weather Service (NWS) analyses show a high pressure area located near the Southeast coast of the United States and a large trough out west. “This is the same pattern seen in most of the significant flooding events in the Mississippi Valley over the past 120 years, including the high water experienced earlier this year,” said Bill Frederick, senior NWS meteorologist and NWS liaison at the Mississippi Valley Division. NWS model guidance suggests this pattern will continue through at least the middle of May and will produce areas of very heavy rains across the Mississippi watershed. Currently, models show the heaviest rains falling over the Arkansas/Red/White/lower Missouri/middle Mississippi/Illinois valleys.
  • Corps of Engineers activates Emergency Operations Center

    St. Louis District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, activated its Emergency Operations Center as part of its continued readiness posture and response to rising forecasted river stages. The EOC will operate seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Loop Lake Shelbyville Bike Ride

    For Immediate Release: 24 April 2019 Release No.: 19-17 Loop Lake Shelbyville Bike Ride Lake Shelbyville – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Friends of Lake Shelbyville are hosting the 6th Annual Loop Lake Shelbyville bike ride on Saturday, June 8, 2019. All rides will start from the Lake Shelbyville Visitor and will include options for a 22 mile, 47 mile or a 65 mile ride. Proceeds for the ride will benefit the Friends of Lake Shelbyville (FOLS). The FOLS provides education, historical interpretation, recreational and environmental improvements at Lake Shelbyville. Loop Lake Shelbyville bike ride starts at the Lake Shelbyville Visitor Center. Rest stops will be provided every 10-13 miles for riders with water and snacks available. The 22 mile ride will take riders to Findlay and back to the Visitor Center. The 47 mile and 65 mile routes will loop Lake Shelbyville, ferry across the lake and head back to the Visitor Center. Registration and check-in at the Lake Shelbyville Visitor Center begins at 7:00 a.m. and ends at 8:30 a.m. Riders may start riding after they have registered or checked in. Participants should plan their route to be back at the Visitor Center no later than 3:00 pm. Requirements: Riders must be over the age of 14 years. If under the age of 18, riders must be accompanied by a responsible adult. All riders will be required to wear a helmet for the duration of the ride and obey all applicable Illinois State rules of the road. If registered by May 24th participants will receive a t-shirt! Online registration can be found at www.bikereg.com/loop-lake-shelbyville This event coincides with National Get Outdoors Day, which encourages Americans to seek out healthy, active outdoor lifestyles, connect with nature, and embrace public lands. Loop Lake Shelbyville provides a great opportunity to get out and enjoy the outdoors with family and friends. For additional information, contact the Lake Shelbyville Project Office at (217) 774-3951 ext 2. -30-
  • Temporary Closure of Lake Road

    CARLYLE LAKE – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Carlyle Lake will be temporarily closing Lake Road in the Dam West Recreation Area from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Friday, 26 April 2019. This closure is necessary for public safety during the 2019 Celebrate the Earth event. This annual event draws more than 3,500 students, teachers, and chaperones to the Dam West Day Use area. To ensure the safety of everyone participating, Lake Road will be temporarily closed.
  • Pack the Park at Lithia Springs

    For Immediate Release: 15 April 2019 Release No.: 19-15 Lithia Springs Pack the Park Event at Lake Shelbyville Lake Shelbyville – Camping season is here and Lake Shelbyville is celebrating with a free camping event called Pack the Park. The event will take place at Lithia Springs Campground May 9-11, 2019. During this time, campsites are first come, first served with no reservations available. Paid camping will resume on Sunday, May 12. SCHEDULE OF EVENTS Thursday, May 9: Free Camping Begins Friday, May 10 6:30PM Ninja Night at the Amphitheater Saturday, May 11 8:00AM Yoga with Becky Jo at the Beach 9:30AM “Best Brew” Coffee Contest at the Amphitheater 12:00-5:00PM Boat Rides at Lithia Springs Marina Ship Store *Campers Only* 6:00-9:00PM Battle Creek Band at the Beach/Nearby Area Sunday, May 12: Free Camping Ends, Paid Camping Begins Again For additional information regarding Lithia Springs Pack the Park, please contact our Lake Shelbyville USACE Project Office at (217)774-3951 X 2. -30-
  • 2019 Recreation Season at Lake Shelbyville

    For Immediate Release: 15 April 2019 Release No.: 19-16 Lake Shelbyville – The recreation season is upon us and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Lake Shelbyville would like to announce 2019 campground & public beach season dates. All camping facilities, with the exception of Lone Point Campground, are on target to open on their scheduled dates. All beaches are also on target to open as scheduled, weather permitting. Fish cleaning stations and restrooms are open, with the exception of Lone Point, and all courtesy docks are in place.
  • Lake Shelbyville Adopt-A-Flower Bed Program

    For Immediate Release: 20 March 2019 Release No.: 19-13 Lake Shelbyville Adopt-A-Flower Bed Program Have you ever wanted to have your own flower garden? The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) at Lake Shelbyville is looking for individual or groups that would be interested in adopting a garden space, for free! The program is a volunteer-based activity where area volunteer groups or individual can “adopt” and maintain designated sections of flowerbeds located outside the Lake Shelbyville Visitor Center.
  • Lake Shelbyville Seeks Volunteers

    Lake Shelbyville Seeks Volunteers Lake Shelbyville – Enjoy the outdoors? Looking for a quiet place to RV this summer? Officials from the U.S Army Corps of Engineers, Lake Shelbyville, are looking for volunteers to help take care of Coon Creek Campground, Lone Point Campground, Lake Shelbyville Visitor Center Butterfly Garden, and the Okaw Bluff Group Camp. One volunteer position at the Lone Point Campground will be responsible for mowing within and around the Lone Point Campground. The volunteer positions at Coon Creek Campground, Okaw Bluff Group Camp, and the second volunteer position at Lone Point Campground will be responsible for keeping the areas sanitized and presentable for campers and visitors. Volunteers interested in the Visitor Center Butterfly Garden position would be responsible for watering the entire garden, keeping the area clean for visitors, and regular garden maintenance as needed. The mentioned positions can be accomplished by an individual volunteer; however, a pair of volunteers for these positions are ideal.
  • Carlyle Lake Christmas Tree Recycling Project Rescheduled

    CARLYLE LAKE – Due to inclement weather, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Carlyle Lake has rescheduled the annual spring Christmas tree recycling/fish habitat improvement project for Saturday, 23 March 2019. The event will take place at the Allen Branch Boat Ramp located in Eldon Hazlet State Park starting at 8:30 a.m.
  • Eagle Day at Lake Shelbyville

    Eagle Day at Lake ShelbyvilleLake Shelbyville – Eagle Day at Lake Shelbyville is scheduled for Saturday, February 2, 2019 at the Lake Shelbyville Visitor Center. The center will be open from 9:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. with three different opportunities for event participants to view birds up close. First, a 30 minute bald eagle program for kids is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. At 11:00 a.m., there will be a 1 hour “talk and gawk” session where a live bald eagle and presenter will be available for visitors to photograph and ask questions to the Illinois Raptor Center staff. Finally, a one hour show at 12:30 p.m. will feature appearances from many different North American Birds of Prey.