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The Golden Age and Golden Access Passports have been replaced by the America the Beautiful – the National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Passes.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

Campgrounds Open at Lake Shelbyville
Campgrounds Open at Lake ShelbyvilleLake Shelbyville – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Lake Shelbyville would like to announce Coon Creek, Forrest W. “Bo” Wood, Lithia Springs, and Opossum Creek...
High Water at Lake Shelbyville
For Immediate Release:26 May 2020Release No.: 20-10High Water at Lake ShelbyvilleLake Shelbyville – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) at Lake Shelbyville has reported high water conditions at...
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Campgrounds at Wappapello to Open Soon
Wappapello Lake – Keeping in line with state and federal guidelines, the Corps of Engineers is pleased to announce Corps operated campgrounds at Wappapello Lake will open for the season just in time...
Mark Twain Lake Campground Changes and Opening Information
Mark Twain Lake, May 11, 2020 – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Mark Twain Lake would like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding during this time as the campground opening...
Mark Twain Lake Campgrounds Converting to 100% Reservable With
Mark Twain Lake, May 5, 2020 – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Mark Twain Lake will implement changes to the camping policy to protect the health, safety and security of the public and USACE...
U.S. Army Corps Announces the Re-Opening of Limited Facilities at Mark Twain Lake
April 27, 2020 – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is announcing planned opening dates for recreational hunting and boat ramp facilities at Mark Twain Lake. Staff and Public safety are our top...

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