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St. Louis District Recreation

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is the largest provider of water-based outdoor recreation in the nation. The St. Louis District also operates and maintains five lakes and their associated recreational areas. These lakes, which serve a variety of purposes ranging from flood protection and recreation to potable water supply and hydroelectricity, average over 15 million visitors a year.Visitors of all ages can enjoy traditional activities like hiking, biking, fishing, camping and hunting, and for those slightly more adventurous there is windsurfing, disc golf, mountain biking and geo-caching. Regardless of your favorite activity one thing is certain, recreation enriches people's lives. A visit to an Army Corps of Engineers' recreation area can strengthen family ties and friendships; create unforgettable memories and connect people to nature that will last a lifetime.

Federal Recreation Passes


Golden Age and Golden Access Passports

The Golden Age and Golden Access Passports have been replaced by the America the Beautiful – the National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Passes. The requirements to obtain the new Senior and Access passes remain the same (Senior: U.S. citizen 62 years old or older - Access: U.S. citizen legally blind or permanently disabled).


The existing Golden Age and Golden Access Passports are still valid and do not need to be replaced.

Due to the way the legislation was written, the Corps of Engineers is not authorized to issue the new passes, however, the Corps will honor them. These passes are available at many of the federal recreation areas administered by the National Park Service; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; U.S. Forest Service; Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Reclamation.

These passes are good for life and entitle the bearer to a reduction in fees at federally-operated, recreation facilities.

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Latest News Releases

Summer Employment Available at Carlyle Lake

Carlyle Lake – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Carlyle Lake is looking for qualified candidates to fill student vacancies for the 2019 summer recreation season. Carlyle Lake offers a great work experience opportunity for students pursuing a career in the field of biology, outdoor recreation, or natural resource management.
Published: 2/14/2019

Kaskaskia Watershed Association to hold Annual Summit

CARLYLE LAKE - The 19th Annual Kaskaskia Watershed Summit sponsored by the Kaskaskia Watershed Association, Inc. (KWA) will be held Monday 4 March 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Mariners Village Convention Center, Carlyle, Illinois. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. This year’s theme “Working on Solutions” will focus on how the resources of the Kaskaskia watershed and how to use them in the future. Speakers include:
Published: 2/12/2019

Eagle Watch Event at Case-Halstead Library

CARLYLE LAKE – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in partnership with the Case-Halstead Library, will host Eagle Watch on Saturday, 9 February 2019, 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Published: 1/15/2019

Mark Twain Lake Announces the 8th Annual Antler Shed Hunt for Youth

Mark Twain Lake, January 11, 2019 – Are you looking for a new outdoor adventure? The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Mark Twain Lake in partnership with the Monroe City Whitetails Unlimited Chapter, the Mark Twain Lake Visitors and Educational Resource Center Committee, the Missouri Department of Conservation and the Mark Twain State Park are proud to announce the return of the Annual Shed Hunt for Youth. This event will take place on Saturday, February 16, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the M.W. Boudreaux Memorial Visitor Center.
Published: 1/11/2019

Carlyle Lake Increasing Downstream Releases

CARLYLE LAKE - As of 8:00 a.m. on Monday, January 7, 2019 the pool elevation at Carlyle Lake was 448.32 feet, referenced to the National Geodetic Vertical Datum (NGVD), with a release of approximately 4,970 cubic feet per second (cfs). The inflow for Sunday, January 6, 2019 was approximately 4,860 day second feet (dsf). With current precipitation on the ground, Carlyle Lake has crested. In order to free up flood control storage in the lake and to continue to provide benefits to other project purposes, in accordance with the water control plan, downstream releases will be increased to approximately 8,000 cfs on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.
Published: 1/8/2019

2019 Special Events at Carlyle Lake

CARLYLE LAKE – The Carlyle Lake Project Office in partnership with numerous organizations, agencies, groups, and individuals works hard to organize and host a variety of special events throughout the year. These events would not be possible without the support and dedication from all of our partners, volunteers, and the local community. The Corps is proud to present our 2019 Special Events. All of these family-friendly events are free and open to the public.
Published: 1/8/2019

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