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The Golden Age and Golden Access Passports have been replaced by the America the Beautiful – the National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Passes.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


An America the Beautiful (AtB) pass is your ticket to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites. Each pass covers entrance fees at national parks and national wildlife refuges as well as standard amenity fees (day use fees) at national forests and grasslands, and at lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  The Senior passes and the Access pass can also be used at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers locations to receive a 50% discount on camping fees for the pass holder.

Please remember when making your purchase that Interagency Passes are non-refundable, non-transferable, cannot be extended and cannot be replaced if lost or stolen.

For more information visit: Recreation Passes

Latest News Releases

Fall Closures and Events at Carlyle Lake
9/13/2022
CARLYLE LAKE – Fall is one of the best seasons to spend time around the campfire and there is still time to enjoy the campgrounds at Carlyle Lake. The Coles Creek Campground will be closing September...
Carlyle Lake Tri Event and Temporary Road Closures
9/12/2022
CARLYLE LAKE – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Carlyle Lake, in partnership with MSE Racing, will host the Carlyle Lake Tri on Sunday, 18 September 2022. The triathlon will begin in the Dam West Day...
Main Dam Bridge Deck Closure for Repairs
8/30/2022
CARLYLE LAKE – The Carlyle Lake Main Dam Bridge Deck will be closed Tuesday, 6 September 2022 until Tuesday, 13 September 2022 for routine maintenance. Cleaning and repair of the monolith joints...
Lake Shelbyville Youth Deer Hunt Applications Available
8/23/2022 UPDATED
Lake Shelbyville - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Lake Shelbyville will hold the 12th Annual Youth Firearm Deer Hunt on October 8 and 9, 2022...
Silt build up closes Costello Lock
8/23/2022
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Louis District, Jerry F. Costello Lock closed to traffic on August 19 when it could no longer close its downstream miter gates due to silt and debris build up on...
Carlyle Lake Blood Drive Donors Receive T-Shirt and Free Camping
8/17/2022
Carlyle Lake – The American Red Cross, in cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, will be hosting a blood drive on Thursday, 1 September 2022 at the Carlyle Lake Visitor Center from 12 p.m...

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Lost on the Lake

This is a powerful seven minute testimonial video that can save your life or the life of someone you love. It is targeted for a mature audience. Produced by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Operations Center for Water Safety in cooperation with the Brian and Nathan Keese Family.

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