• Dredging on the Kaskaskia River

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is announcing that dredging has once again began on the Kaskaskia River from the New Athens, Ill. boat ramp south to the confluence of the Mississippi River. This dredging is intended to remove sediment from boat ramps and the mouths of oxbows on the Kaskaskia River improving access for navigation capabilities, recreation, and promoting economic growth.
  • USACE Emerging Leaders

    VICKSBURG, Miss. – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Emerging Leaders (ELs) from the Mississippi Valley (MVD) and Transatlantic divisions (TAD) convened at the U.S. Government Accountability Office in Washington D.C., April 4 – 8, for congressional briefings as part of the Government Affairs Institute (GAI) at Georgetown. GAI week provided a unique opportunity for ELs to hear from a variety of members who work on Capitol Hill such as Jenn Armstrong-Schenck with the Energy and Water Subcommittee on Appropriations, a former congressman, journalists, staffers, and USACE leaders, Director of Resource Management Thomas Stephens and Government Accountability Office Acting Director Cardell Johnson.
  • Dam West Boat Ramp and Lake Road Closure for Celebrate the Earth

    CARLYLE LAKE – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Carlyle Lake Project will temporarily close Dam West Boat Ramp to the public beginning the evening of Thursday, April 21 through Friday, April 22, 2022. In addition, Lake Road in the Dam West Recreation Area will be temporarily closed from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Friday, April 22, 2022. These closures are necessary for public safety during the 2022 Celebrate the Earth event. This annual event will draw over 2,500 students, teachers, and chaperones to the Dam West Day Use area. To ensure the safety of everyone participating, Dam West Boat Ramp and Lake Road will be temporarily closed.
  • Begin your new career journey with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mississippi Valley Division is hosting a Virtual Career Fair on April 13, 2022, from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. CST. The St. Louis District will be hiring to fill positions with highly qualified candidates throughout the district footprint in the career fields of engineering, real estate, project management, project scheduling and more.
  • Carlyle Lake Dam East Boat Ramp Closure

    CARLYLE LAKE – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Carlyle Lake Project will temporarily close the Dam East Boat Ramp to the public beginning the evening of Friday, April 8 through Sunday, April 10, 2022. The closure is necessary for the 739th Engineer Company to conduct military training exercises associated with launching, catching, and releasing interior bays on the water with approximately 60 to 70 soldiers participating.
  • Lake Shelbyville Fish Habitat Improvement Day Rescheduled to March 27

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Illinois Department of Natural Resources and Lake Shelbyville Fish Habitat Alliance will place donated Christmas trees and artificial structures into Lake Shelbyville to enhance the fisheries on March 27, 2022. The workday was originally scheduled for Saturday, March 26, 2022, but has been rescheduled due to safety concerns associated with forecasted high winds for Saturday. To volunteer, meet at the Wilborn Creek Recreation Area boat ramp parking lot by 8:30 a.m. Volunteers are required to sign in prior to starting work at 9:00 a.m. A free lunch will be provided.
  • The First Rend Lake Marathon Will Help Celebrate Rend Lake’s 50th Year

    Bringing together runners from twenty different states is no easy task! Many partners and running organizations have teamed up to host the River to River Runners Rend Lake Marathon. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Rend Lake in partnership with the River to River Runners, the Road Runners Club of America, Rend Lake Conservancy District, and Ashworth Awards will host the race on Saturday, March 26. The River to River Runners Rend Lake Marathon event is excited to bring back the Southern Illinois favorite running tradition to the backroads, trails, and through beautiful Rend Lake. The event will include races and festivities for everyone in the family.
  • Temporary Closure of Robert Allen

    Mark Twain Lake, March 18, 2022 – The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers announces that the Robert Allen Recreation Area will be closed to public use beginning March 21, 2022 through April 4, 2022. The area will be closed for approximately two weeks to accommodate public safety.  The area will be undergoing roadway repairs related to erosion sustained from fluctuating lake levels.
  • Frank Russell Campgrounds Upgrades for the 2022 Camping Season

    Mark Twain Lake, March 18, 2022 – The Frank Russell Campground will be undergoing 56 full-service campsite upgrades. Campsites 1-60 within the Frank Russell Recreation Area will be closed for the 2022 camping season and will undergo water and sewer upgrades. The Equestrian campsites 61-67, Frank Russell Pond, Joanna Trail access, and Frank Russell Archery Park will remain open. Access into the Joanna, Clear View, and Flint Ridge loops will not be permitted as this will be an active construction site.
  • Mark Twain Lake Campgrounds Open Soon

    Mark Twain Lake – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Mark Twain Lake has announced the opening date for campgrounds is April 1, 2022.  All sites are reservable and you will need a reservation prior to setting up on a site.  You can make reservations at www.recreation.gov  or by calling 877-444-6777. Additional campground loop opening/closing dates are listed below.