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The Golden Age and Golden Access Passports have been replaced by the America the Beautiful – the National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Passes.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


An America the Beautiful (AtB) pass is your ticket to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites. Each pass covers entrance fees at national parks and national wildlife refuges as well as standard amenity fees (day use fees) at national forests and grasslands, and at lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  The Senior passes and the Access pass can also be used at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers locations to receive a 50% discount on camping fees for the pass holder.

Please remember when making your purchase that Interagency Passes are non-refundable, non-transferable, cannot be extended and cannot be replaced if lost or stolen.

For more information visit: Recreation Passes

Latest News Releases

Eagle Watch Event at Case-Halstead Library
1/10/2023 UPDATED
CARLYLE LAKE – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in partnership with the Case-Halstead Library, will be hosting an Eagle Watch on Saturday January 28, 2023, at the Case-Halstead Library in Carlyle,...
Carlyle Lake USACE Campground Upgrades and Changes
1/3/2023 UPDATED
CARLYLE LAKE – Coles Creek Campground and Boulder Campground, located on the east side of Carlyle Lake, will be undergoing updates and changes prior to the 2023 recreation season. Contractors will be...
Carlyle Lake Christmas Tree Recycling Project
12/20/2022 UPDATED
CARLYLE LAKE – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Carlyle Lake will be collecting used, real Christmas trees for the annual Christmas Tree Recycling Project. The Corps of Engineers, along with the...
LAKE SHELBYVILLE BOUNDARY MAINTENANCE
12/19/2022 UPDATED
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is currently performing annual routine maintenance to the Government’s boundary line around Lake Shelbyville...
Lake Shelbyville Christmas Tree Recycling Program
12/19/2022 UPDATED
Extend your tree’s life by donating it for Fish Habitat Improvement Day at Lake Shelbyville...
Summer Employment Available at Lake Shelbyville
12/13/2022 UPDATED
Summer Employment Available at Lake Shelbyville...

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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