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The Golden Age and Golden Access Passports have been replaced by the America the Beautiful – the National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Passes.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

Carlyle Lake Pool Increase and Release Forecast
1/14/2020
CARLYLE LAKE - As of 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 14, 2020, the pool elevation at Carlyle Lake was 452.10 feet, referenced to the North American Vertical Datum (NAV88), with a release of...
Temporary Road Closure at Dam East South Shore Recreation Area
1/14/2020
CARLYLE LAKE - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Carlyle Lake Project will temporarily close a portion of the Dam East South Shore roadway beginning Tuesday, January 21, 2020. The closure is...
Eagle Watch Event at Case-Halstead Library
1/14/2020
CARLYLE LAKE – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in partnership with the Case-Halstead Library and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, will host Eagle Watch on Saturday, 8 February 2020,...
Kaskaskia Eagle Fest
1/9/2020
Kaskaskia River Project — The annual 2020 Eagle Fest event will be held Saturday, February 1 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Jerry F. Costello Lock & Dam in Modoc, IL (4800 Lock and Dam Road)....
Carlyle Lake Christmas Tree Recycling Project
1/7/2020
CARLYLE LAKE – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Carlyle Lake will be collecting used Christmas trees for the annual Christmas Tree Recycling Project. The Corps of Engineers, along with the Illinois...
Carlyle Lake Increasing Downstream Releases
1/7/2020
CARLYLE LAKE - As of 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 31, 2019 the pool elevation at Carlyle Lake was 446.36 feet, referenced to the National Geodetic Vertical Datum (NGVD), with a release of...

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.

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