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The Golden Age and Golden Access Passports have been replaced by the America the Beautiful – the National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Passes.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

Proposed Reduced Operating Hours at the National Great Rivers Museum
12/2/2019
In anticipation of funding changes currently reflected the proposed 2020 Federal Budget, the visiting hours of the National Great Rivers Museum will change beginning January 1, 2020 to support the new...
Carlyle Lake Winter Drawdown
11/22/2019
CARLYLE LAKE – Carlyle Lake has begun its winter drawdown in accordance with the Carlyle Lake Water Control Plan. According to the water control plan, during the winter months the Carlyle Lake pool...
Hunter Ethics
11/19/2019
CARLYLE LAKE - With the fall hunting season underway, hunters are reminded of their obligation to practice ethical and safe hunting while in the field. Remember, your personal ethics might not match...
Temporary Closures at Lake Shelbyville for Hunt
11/8/2019
TEMPORARY RECREATION AREA CLOSINGS AT LAKE SHELBYVILLETO CONDUCT DEER HUNT FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIESLake Shelbyville - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Wolf Creek State Park will hold the 30th...
2019 Water Control Operations/Dam Safety Public Workshop
11/5/2019
CARLYLE LAKE – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will hold a Water Control Operations/Dam Safety Public Workshop on Wednesday, 13 November 2019 at 6:30 p.m. downstairs at the Breese Knights of Columbus...
Firewood Cutting Opportunity at Carlyle Lake
10/7/2019
CARLYLE LAKE – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Carlyle Lake will offer the opportunity for individuals to obtain a Special Use Permit to cut up downed trees for firewood at Boulder and Coles Creek...

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