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The Golden Age and Golden Access Passports have been replaced by the America the Beautiful – the National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Passes.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 Christmas Tree Recycling Project Rescheduled
3/18/2019
CARLYLE LAKE – Due to inclement weather, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Carlyle Lake has rescheduled the annual spring Christmas tree recycling/fish habitat improvement project for Saturday, 23...
Blood Donors to Receive Free Camping
3/4/2019
CARLYLE LAKE – The American Red Cross in cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be hosting a blood drive on Monday, 18 March 2019 at the Carlyle Lake Visitor Center from 12 p.m. to 6...
Lake Shelbyville Fish Habitat Improvement Day
2/28/2019
Lake Shelbyville Fish Habitat Improvement DayLake Shelbyville - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Illinois Department of Natural Resources and Lake Shelbyville Fish Habitat Alliance will place donated...
Summer Employment Available at Carlyle Lake
2/14/2019
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...
Kaskaskia Watershed Association to hold Annual Summit
2/12/2019
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...
Applications Available for Lake Shelbyville Deer Hunt for People with Disabilities and Wounded Warriors
2/4/2019
Applications Available for Lake Shelbyville Deer Hunt for People with Disabilities and Wounded WarriorsLake Shelbyville – The 30th Annual Deer Hunt for People with Disabilities, hosted by the U.S....

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