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The Golden Age and Golden Access Passports have been replaced by the America the Beautiful – the National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Passes.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

For more information visit: Recreation Passes

Latest News Releases

Boulder Road Bridge Closure
Boulder Road will be closed at the bridge over Gibbs Creek between Lake Villa Road and Nut Road, approximately 4 miles north of Route 50, for a bridge replacement beginning the week of April 12, 2021...
Carlyle Lake Dam East Boat Ramp Closure
CARLYLE LAKE – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Carlyle Lake Project will temporarily close the Dam East Boat Ramp to the public beginning the evening of Thursday, April 8 through Sunday, April 11,...
Carlyle Lake Increasing Downstream Releases
CARLYLE LAKE - As of 1:00 p.m. on Monday, 22 March 2021, the pool elevation at Carlyle Lake was 448.17 feet, referenced to the National Geodetic Vertical Datum (NGVD). The current release rate is...
North Spillway, South Spillway, and Overlook will be closed on 23 - 24 March 2021
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announces the closure of the North Spillway, South Spillway, and Overlook from 3:00 p.m., March 23, 2021 through 7:00 A.M., March 25, 2021. This closure...
Expect Higher Lake Elevation for Mark Twain Lake
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is expecting higher lake elevations throughout the month of March. Currently, the Mark Twain Lake water elevation is at 609.79, and is expected to crest at 612.40 on...
Temporary Closure Of The South Fork Recreation Area
The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers announces that the South Fork Recreation Area will be closed to public use beginning March 22, 2021. The area will be closed for approximately two weeks to...

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Recreation Around the District

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.


Water Safety