• 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.
  • Mark Twain Lake Fee Collection Stations

    Mark Twain Lake, March 16, 2022 – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is announcing the installation of new automated fee collection machines at the following recreation areas:  M.W. Boudreaux Memorial Visitor Center, David C. Berti Shooting Range, Ray Behrens, Robert Allen, South Fork, Stoutsville, Indian Creek, Spalding Beach/Day Use, and Spalding Boat Ramp.
  • Environmental Science Series Programs Return to the Rend Lake Visitor Center

    After two years of limited public programming due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Rend Lake is excited to celebrate Rend Lake’s 50th Anniversary with a full year of programming. The Environmental Science Series begins May 28, 2022. These programs will be held every Saturday from May 28th to September 3rd in the Rend Lake Visitor Center.
  • Summer 2022 Student Intern Positions at Mark Twain Lake

    Mark Twain Lake – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Mark Twain Lake is recruiting for Student Trainee Intern positions (Pathway Interns, GS-02/03) for the 2022 recreation season. The direct link for the job and application process is https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/640387900 . This announcement closes March 13, 2022.
  • St. Louis District to host virtual Industry Day March 2

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Louis District will host a virtual Industry Day on Wednesday, March 2 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Advance registration for this free event is required, and you can register on-line at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2022-corps-of-engineers-st-louis-district-industry-day-tickets-253267709537.
  • Rescheduled Kaskaskia Eagle Fest

    The rescheduled 2022 Eagle Fest event will be held on Saturday, March 12th from 9am – 3pm at the Jerry F. Costello Lock & Dam in Modoc, Ill. (4800 Lock and Dam Road).  All vendors were able to join us for the new date, so it is sure to be a great day to get out and enjoy!
  • 150th Anniversary celebration of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers St. Louis District to kick off at the National Great Rivers Museum

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) St. Louis District will commence celebrating their 150th Anniversary at the National Great Rivers Museum in Alton, IL, Tuesday, from 11:30 till 12:00.  Lt. Col. Jason Sears, Deputy Commander, USACE St. Louis District and Michael R. Morrow, Mayor of Grafton, IL will sign a proclamation in appreciation of the District’s history, partnerships and contributions to the region.