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The Golden Age and Golden Access Passports have been replaced by the America the Beautiful – the National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Passes.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
8/20/2019
CARLYLE LAKE – The Carlyle Lake Bike Trail is a fun outdoor activity the whole family can enjoy! The trail offers over sixty miles of federal, state, and county roads to ride as well as a scenic view...
Weekend Activities at Carlyle Lake
8/12/2019
CARLYLE LAKE – With school starting, it may feel like the fun of summer is coming to an end, but the recreation season is still going strong at Carlyle Lake. All campgrounds are still open and will be...
Weekend Activities at Carlyle Lake
7/31/2019
CARLYLE LAKE – Carlyle Lake offers a variety of late summer hunting opportunities starting with squirrel season which opens Thursday, 1 August 2019. Shooting hours are ½ hour before sunrise to ½ hour...
Summer Hunting Opportunities at Carlyle Lake
7/22/2019
CARLYLE LAKE – Carlyle Lake offers a variety of late summer hunting opportunities. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources work together to manage public...
Weekend Activities at Carlyle Lake
7/22/2019
CARLYLE LAKE – July is National Parks and Recreation Month and Carlyle Lake is the perfect destination to celebrate! Whether you enjoy fishing, camping, boating, biking or other outdoor activities,...
Status of Dove Fields at Lake Shelbyville
7/17/2019
For Immediate Release:17 July 2019Release No.19-27U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Status of Dove FieldsLake Shelbyville - Due to the wet spring, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineerswas unable to plant...

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