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The Golden Age and Golden Access Passports have been replaced by the America the Beautiful – the National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Passes.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

Weekend Activities at Carlyle Lake
6/11/2019
CARLYLE LAKE – Grab your fishing poles and bait and reel in some fish this weekend at Carlyle Lake during Illinois Free Fishing Days. From Friday, 14 June through Monday, 17 June anyone can fish in...
Weekend Activities at Carlyle Lake
6/4/2019
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Carlyle Lake is preparing for another fun and safe weekend. Whether you enjoy fishing, camping, boating, bike riding or other outdoor activities, Carlyle Lake...
Mark Twain Lake Announces Excess Debris on the Lake
6/3/2019
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Mark Twain Lake announces due to high water levels the lake has an excess amount of debris. This can create hazards on the lake as well as make some areas difficult...
Weekend Activities at Carlyle Lake, 31 May - 2 June
5/28/2019
CARLYLE LAKE – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Carlyle Lake is preparing for another fun and safe weekend. Whether you enjoy fishing, camping, boating, bike riding or other outdoor activities,...
Carlyle Lake Pool Update - May 23, 2019
5/23/2019
CARLYLE LAKE - As of 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, 23 May 2019 the pool elevation at Carlyle Lake was 446.63 feet, referenced to the National Geodetic Vertical Datum (NGVD). The current release rate is...
Army Corps of Engineers promotes water safety this summer season
5/20/2019
Summer is almost here and that means millions of Americans will be planning visits to our nation’s lakes and rivers. As the steward of many of these public waters, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers...

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