Category: Kaskaskia River Project
  • Lock and Dam and Recreational Facilities Closing

    Current flooding conditions on the Kaskaskia River are causing the closure of the Corps operated Day Use and Camping areas. The maximum regulated pool elevation is 368.8, in reference to the National Geodetic Vertical Datum (NGVD), and currently the Kaskaskia River is at 376.50 NGVD. Once the Kaskaskia River has reached the critical elevation of 380.5 the Lock and Dam will also close. Predictions currently forecast a crest of 381.5 feet NGVD and 35.4 feet at Chester on the Mississippi River on June 20th. Once the Mississippi River has crested and there is no more significant precipitation the river levels will fall. The facilities located at the Kaskaskia River Project will reopen as soon as flood water recedes and cleanup is finished.
  • Kaskaskia Watershed Association to hold Annual Summit

    The Kaskaskia Watershed Association, Inc. (KWA) will hold the Annual Summit on Monday, March 9, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Mariner’s Village Conference Center, 1 Resort Drive, Carlyle, Illinois. This year’s theme “New Opportunities Built on Past Successes,” will focus on new projects and past successes in the Kaskaskia River and the Kaskaskia Watershed.
  • Kaskaskia Eagle Fest

    Kaskaskia River Project— Eagle Fest event will be held on Saturday, February 7th, 2015 from 9am – 3pm at the Jerry F. Costello Lock & Dam in Modoc, IL (4800 Lock and Dam Road).
  • Lock and dam renamed to honor former Illinois congressman

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers St. Louis District hosted a ceremony here today to rename the Kaskaskia Lock and Dam in honor of former U.S. Congressman Jerry F. Costello.
  • Jerry F. Costello Lock and Dam Dedication Ceremony

    CARLYLE LAKE – On Thursday, November 6, 2014 a dedication ceremony will be held to commemorate the renaming of the Kaskaskia Lock and Dam to the Jerry F. Costello Lock and Dam. The ceremony will be held at ten o’clock in the morning adjacent to the pavilion at the upstream boat ramp of the Jerry F. Costello Lock and Dam (formerly the Kaskaskia River Project Lock and Dam).
  • Kaskaskia River Clean-Up Success

    Volunteers from the Kaskaskia Mariners Association participated in the first of two scheduled Kaskaskia River Cleanup Days on Saturday, March 15. The clean-up was a big success with volunteers filling a 20 cubic yard dumpster during the event. The cleanup effort was concentrated in the New Athens portion of the river. Lunch was provided for all that participated by Smitty’s at the Marina.
  • Kaskaskia Eagle Fest

    The Kaskaskia Eagle Fest event will be held on Saturday, February 1st, 2014 from 9am – 3pm at the Kaskaskia Lock & Dam in Modoc, Ill.
  • Recreation Areas Open at Kaskaskia River Project

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reopened all recreation areas that were closed due to the government shutdown on Thursday, October 17th. This includes the Kaskaskia River Boat Access and Day Use Area upstream of the lock and dam. It also includes the Confluence Campground and Trail downstream of the lock and dam. The Mississippi River Boat Access is still closed due to low water conditions.
  • Kaskaskia River Project is Back in Business

    The Kaskaskia River Project, located near the mouth of the Kaskaskia River, is now back in operation for visitors to come and enjoy the recreation areas. The third largest flood experienced at the Kaskaskia Lock and Dam since the 1993 and 1995 floods has now receded enough to clean up the debris and facilities. The Kaskaskia River Boat Access and picnic shelter, located upstream of the lock and dam, are available for public use.
  • Pelicans Enjoy Kaskaskia River

    Kaskaskia River – The American White Pelicans have returned to the Kaskaskia River Project on their way north to their spring nesting areas. Pelecanus erythrorhynchos, is one of the largest birds in North America. These large and plump birds have an overall length between 50–70 inches, a wingspan of 9-10 feet, and average weight between 11 and 20 lbs. This primarily white bird has black-tipped wings, and a yellow bill that measures up to 15 inches in length.