• Mark Twain Lake Announces Excess Debris on the Lake

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Mark Twain Lake announces due to high water levels the lake has an excess amount of debris. This can create hazards on the lake as well as make some areas difficult to maneuver. This debris can also fluctuate and move throughout the day with wind patterns. Clarence Cannon Dam will also be near or at maximum release, utilizing tainter gates to release water, please take extra caution to stay away from the Dam. We ask that you stay aware while on the lake, avoid areas you may see with large amounts of debris, and wear a life jacket while on the water.
  • Rend Lake to Host Honest Abe with Fritz Klein

    On Saturday, June 1st at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Rend Lake will be hosting one of history’s brightest figures, Abraham Lincoln. Considered one of the nation’s foremost Lincoln actors, Fritz Klein has been portraying this former president full-time since 1980. His performances have taken him to some 35 states for film and television, on stage, and as a motivational speaker. The Lincoln Institute’s website proudly states Klein’s reenactment is “thoroughly researched, historically accurate, and blend Lincoln’s humor with his great humanity.” Grab your stove-pipe hat and don’t miss your opportunity to have an in person encounter with the 16th President who was the first in office to sport a full beard!
  • Temporary Closure of the National Great Rivers Museum and Illinois Esplanade

    The US Army Corps of Engineers, Rivers Project Office, will temporarily close the National Great Rivers Museum and Illinois Esplanade area including the picnic shelter to all pedestrians, fishermen and vehicle traffic on Friday, May 31, 2019 at 7 p.m. due to rising water levels.
  • Weekend Activities at Carlyle Lake, 31 May - 2 June

    CARLYLE LAKE – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Carlyle Lake is preparing for another 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 any outdoor activities, please keep safety in mind.
  • Carlyle Lake Pool Update - May 23, 2019

    CARLYLE LAKE - As of 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, 23 May 2019 the pool elevation at Carlyle Lake was 446.63 feet, referenced to the National Geodetic Vertical Datum (NGVD). The current release rate is   approximately 4,040 cubic feet per second (cfs). The inflow for Wednesday, 22 May 2019 was approximately 12,790 day second feet (dsf). With current precipitation on the ground, Carlyle Lake is forecasted to crest at 449.5 feet NGVD on Tuesday, 28 May 2019. Carlyle Lake Dam is operating as designed, helping reduce flood stages on the Lower Kaskaskia and Mississippi Rivers. 
  • Army Corps of Engineers promotes water safety this summer season

    Summer is almost here and that means millions of Americans will be planning visits to our nation’s lakes and rivers. As the steward of many of these public waters, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) reminds visitors to be aware of the importance of practicing safe, sensible and thoughtful activities in and around the water.
  • Lake Shelbyville Kids Fishing Tournament

    For Immediate Release: 20 May 2019 Release No.: 19-19 Lake Shelbyville Kids Fishing Tournament Lake Shelbyville – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Lake Shelbyville is hosting a free fishing tournament for children 12 and under on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at Opossum Pond. The pond is located near the entrance to the Opossum Creek Recreation Area. Participants are encouraged to pre-register by calling 217-774-3951 ext. 2, though it is not mandatory. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. for the age 6 and under category, and participants will fish from 9:00 to 9:45 a.m. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. for the age 7-9 and 10-12 category, and participants will fish from 10:00 a.m. to11:00 a.m. Prizes will be awarded for biggest fish, smallest fish, and most fish in each age division. All children will receive a certificate for participating. The tournament will be limited to bank fishing only. All participants are required to bring and wear a life jacket. Fishing equipment (including tackle and bait) is not provided, and children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
  • Lake Shelbyville is WILD about Nature

    For Immediate Release: 20 May 2019 Release No.: 19-20 Lake Shelbyville – Registration is underway for the 2019 Wild About Nature series at the Lake Shelbyville Visitor Center! Sessions take place on Thursday mornings in June and July. Any children from birth to 12 years old are welcome to attend. Birth to 5 years old meet from 9:00-10:00AM. Ages 6-12 meet from 10:30-11:30AM. Participants will check-in at the Visitor Center front desk upon arrival. A responsible adult must accompany anyone birth to age 3. Adults are not required to stay for all other ages. SCHEDULE OF EVENTS Thursday, June 6: Get Outdoors & Move Thursday, June 13: Let’s Build Fish Habitat Thursday, June 20: Magic in Nature Thursday, June 27: Backyard Birding Thursday, July 4: No sessions Thursday, July 11: Recycling with Woodsy Owl Thursday, July 18: Water Safety Wars Thursday, July 25: Painting Class Each program session includes an educational lesson and craft or activity. There is no cost to attend Wild About Nature, but pre-registration at least 1 day in advance is required. To register, please call Interpretive Services and Outreach at (217)774-3951 or direct message us on facebook: @LakeShelbyvilleUSACE. Required information includes: name and age of participant, parent/guardian name, and phone number. Limited spots are available, so register today! These programs are provided with support from Friends of Lake Shelbyville. -30-
  • Carlyle Lake Celebrates Kids to Parks Day

    CARLYLE LAKE – To celebrate National Kids to Parks Day and the Illinois High School State Bass Fishing Finals, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in partnership with Academy Sports + Outdoors, Henkel’s Hook and Arrow, and Fishing and the Outdoors, will host “Fishing Frenzy” on Saturday, 18 May 2019 from 1p.m. to 3p.m. at the Dam West Boat Ramp. Participants will visit stations that will teach them the basics skills of fishing. Stations will include: casting, fish identification, knot tying, fish anatomy, types of bait, and water safety. Each station will have a challenge for participants to complete. Prizes will be awarded to participants that complete every challenge. Stick around after the event to see the IHSA State Bass Fishing Finals weigh-in at approximately 3:30.
  • Dam West Boat Ramp Closed Temporarily for IHSA State Bass Fishing Finals

    CARLYLE LAKE - The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) State Bass Fishing Finals are being held at Carlyle Lake Friday, 17 May 2019 – Saturday, 18 May 2019 at the Dam West Boat Ramp in the Dam West Day Use Area. To accommodate tournament activities, the Dam West Boat Ramp will be closed from Monday, 13 May 2019 at 10:00 p.m. through Saturday, 18 May 2019 at 6:00 p.m. Visitors should use Allen Branch and Apache Boat Ramps located in Eldon Hazlet State Park or the Dam East Boat Ramp and Keyesport Boat Ramp which will be available to the general public during this period.