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  • Rend Lake's Annual Beach Blast, June 11

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Rend Lake is hosting the annual Beach Blast at South Sandusky Beach from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday June 11. Join Park Rangers for a day of safety and fun in the sun. Beach Blast includes the best of beach day activities; there will be beach games, a DJ with family friendly music all day, a sand sculpture contest, an ice cream truck, and an appearance by Bobber the Water Safety Dog. Our local emergency response personal will also be on site for other fun hands-on demonstrations. Abbott-EMS and Sesser Fire will display their emergency equipment and vehicles, and at 1 p.m. there will be an Air-Evac helicopter landing near the beach and opportunities for a photo-op in the helicopter.
  • Rend Lake Dam Road Closed for Routine Inspection

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Rend Lake will close the Rend Lake Dam Road to all through traffic from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 11, 2022. Access to the South Marcum Recreation Area, Spillway Recreation Area, and the Dedication Lot on the east end of the Rend Lake Dam will remain open. Watch for closure signs at Sugar Creek parking lot and the west entrance to the Rend Lake Dam.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Small World 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 kick off Rend Lake’s 50th Anniversary with the Small World Program series beginning January 18, 2022. These programs will be held from 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM on the third Tuesday of every month at the Rend Lake Visitor Center.
  • Rend Lake Small World Program Series- January: Wildly Warm for Winter

    On Tuesday, January 18th, at 10 AM, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Rend Lake will be presenting “Wildly Warm for Winter” at the Rend Lake Visitor Center as part of the Small World Program series. This series is designed for children 5 & under; however, all ages are welcome! As always, these programs are free and open to the public. In accordance with health requirements, masks will be worn while in the Rend Lake Visitor Center. 
  • Temporary Area Closings during Firearm Deer Seasons at Rend Lake

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Rend Lake reminds visitors that many locations on Rend Lake will be closed during the state firearm deer hunting seasons.
  • Rend Lake Park Ranger Becomes First-Ever 2x Recipient of National Award

    U. S. Army Corps of Engineers Natural Resource Specialist Timothy Bischoff received the service’s Hiram H. Chittenden Award for Interpretive Excellence today. Bischoff, the service’s first ever two-time recipient of the award was recognized by the 55th Chief of Engineers Lieutenant General Scott A. Spellmon, in a virtual service-wide ceremony. 
  • 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.
  • Rend Lake Dam Road Closed for Routine Maintenance

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Rend Lake is announcing that the Rend Lake Dam/Spillway Bridge will be closed to all through traffic from 7:00 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16 - 17 at 4:30 p.m. Watch for closure signs at Sugar Creek parking lot and the west entrance to the Rend lake Dam. This closure is necessary to complete routine maintenance that began in August to be performed to the roadways, guardrails and the upstream face of the Dam.