US Army Corps of Engineers
St. Louis District

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The Golden Age and Golden Access Passports have been replaced by the America the Beautiful – the National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Passes.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.

For more information visit: Recreation Passes

Latest News Releases

Carlyle Lake Summer Camp Series
7/11/2019
CARLYLE LAKE – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in partnership with the City of Carlyle will host the Carlyle Lake Summer Camp Series on Fridays at 10:00 a.m. in July and August beginning Friday, 19...
Weekend Activities at Carlyle Lake
7/11/2019
CARLYLE LAKE – Pack your picnic and head to Carlyle Lake, July is National Picnic Month! With more than 400 picnic sites available around the lake, Carlyle Lake is the perfect place to enjoy food,...
Lake Shelbyville Tree Stand Permits now available
7/2/2019
Lake Shelbyville Tree Stand Permits now available for the 2019-2020 Deer SeasonLake Shelbyville Tree Stand Permits now available for the 2019-2020 Deer Season Lake Shelbyville – Lake Shelbyville's...
Parking for Lake Shelbyville 4th of July Fireworks
7/2/2019
For Immediate Release:02 July 2019Release No.: 19-25Parking for Lake Shelbyville 4th of July Fireworks Lake Shelbyville – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is gearing up for the 4th of July at Lake...
Carlyle Lake Pool Update, 6-28-19
6/28/2019
As of 12:00 p.m. on Friday, June 28, 2019 the pool elevation at Carlyle Lake was 452.55 feet, referenced to the National Geodetic Vertical Datum (NGVD). The current release rate is approximately 5,200...
Carlyle Lake Pool Update, 6-27-19
6/28/2019
As of 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 27, 2019 the pool elevation at Carlyle Lake was 452.10 feet, referenced to the National Geodetic Vertical Datum (NGVD). The current release rate is approximately...

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