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  • Dam West Boat Ramp Closure for IHSA State Bass Fishing Finals

    CARLYLE LAKE - The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) State Bass Fishing Finals will be held at Carlyle Lake Friday, May 20, 2022 – Saturday, May 21, 2022, at the Dam West Boat Ramp. To accommodate tournament activities, the Dam West Boat Ramp will temporarily close to the public beginning the morning of Wednesday, May 18 through Saturday, May 21, 2022. During this period, Allen Branch and Apache Boat Ramps located in Eldon Hazlet State Park or the Dam East Boat Ramp and Keyesport Boat Ramp will be available to the general public.
  • Upper Mississippi River System Hydraulic Model Update Complete

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island, St. Paul and St. Louis Districts recently completed a seven-year effort to develop an updated, standardized hydraulic model for the Upper Mississippi River System, including the Illinois Waterway. The model can be used to evaluate and communicate the effects of floodplain modifications to provide better predictability and more consistent flood risk management for the Upper Mississippi River System.
  • 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.
  • Temporary Closure of Maple Island and Low Water Access Area

    The US Army Corps of Engineers, Rivers Project Office, will temporarily close Maple Island in West Alton, MO as well as Low Water Access Area on Chouteau Island, Illinois to all vehicles, pedestrians and fishermen due to high water. These project areas will re-open when water levels recede at a date that is yet undetermined. Further information will be made available when these areas are again accessible for recreation.
  • Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary to Host Walk for Wildlife 5K Benefitting Local Wildlife

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rivers Project Office, is partnering with the Audubon Center at Riverlands and TreeHouse Wildlife Rehabilitation Center to host the second annual Walk for Wildlife event on Saturday, May 14 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. This fun-run style walk will benefit the TreeHouse Wildlife Center during the peak spring baby season while also supporting the conservation education team at the Audubon Center at Riverlands.
  • St. Louis District reminds visitors to practice water safety

    As millions of Americans plan visits to our nation’s lakes and rivers, the St. Louis District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reminds visitors of the importance of practicing safe, sensible, and thoughtful activities in, on, and around open water. Tragically, people lose their lives while visiting USACE-managed lands and waters every year. Most of the tragedies are water related. The public’s help is needed to reduce the number of fatalities at the more than 2,800 USACE-managed recreation areas nationwide. USACE personnel stress the importance of water safety year-round when talking with visitors, but especially during the summer season because that is when most public recreation fatalities occur.
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers & University City to release Draft Report with updated recommendation for the University City Branch, River Des Peres General Reevaluation Report, a Flood Risk Management Study 30-day public comment period begins April 18

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Louis District, is releasing an updated version of the Draft Report for the River Des Peres-University City GRR study for public review. The report presents an updated recommendation consisting of a detention basin located within the City of Overland, which would provide flood risk reduction benefits to University City and Overland. The report will be released for public review on Monday, April 18, 2022, opening a 30-day public comment period.
  • 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.