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Portland District - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is the largest provider of water-based outdoor recreation in the nation. Ten million people visit Portland District recreation sites every year. Thanks to volunteers the Corps can keep programs up and running. Watch the video about Portland District's volunteers here...

Volunteers in Action

  • Portland District - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is the largest provider of water-based outdoor recreation in the nation. Ten million people visit Portland District recreation sites every year. Thanks to volunteers the Corps can keep programs up and running. Watch the video about Portland District's volunteers here
  • Lewisville Lake, Texas - Local News recognizes volunteers at Lewisville Lake in Texas for performing a variety of much-needed services around the area. The work the dozen or more volunteers do for Lewisville Lake saves money and allows the parks to run smoothly.  Find out more here...
  • North Hartland Lake, Vermont - Through the 15 years of North Hartland Lake's Volunteer Program, nearly 100 volunteers have provided more than 24,000 hours of service to the lake.  Most volunteers perform fee booth collection duties, but more importantly, they are the first faces visitors see when they come to North Hartland Lake recreation area.  The volunteers perform these duties in a gracious, friendly and professional manner, which is in the finest tradition of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  Their dedication, attention to detail and extraordinary effort toward ensuring the park operates at peak efficiency has been recognized by the visiting public.  There are couples who return to North Hartland Lake year after year, and one couple who has volunteered ten years in a row!   Some volunteer hosts also take pictures, help eradicate invasive plants, assist with programs, and build bird boxes when time permits.  The amount of support service received from volunteers at North Hartland Lake is incredible and it is an absolutely wonderful program which hopes to expand in upcoming years. 
  • Mosquito Creek Lake, Ohio - The volunteers of Mosquito Creek Lake do a variety of tasks, providing area enhancement for both the wildlife and our visitors. These tasks include trail maintenance, bird box installation monitoring, caring for butterfly gardens, and litter pickup just to name a few. In 2012, Mosquito Creek Lake  volunteers accrued over 470 hours of service for a total value of services amounting to $10,065. Volunteer efforts even included the promotion and establishment of Purple Martin, Prothonatory Warbler, and Eastern Bluebird populations, which has played a key role in a Youngstown State University study on Eastern Bluebird populations.  The group is very open minded and always eager to welcome new members with innovative ideas to continue improving Mosquito Creek Lake.  Volunteers play a key role in helping Mosquito Creek Lake maintain and improve recreation areas and greatly contribute to the environmental stewardship mission.

  • Lake Ouachita, Arkansas -   Lake Ouachita is a premier recreation location with over 4 million people visiting annually. Lake Ouachita has relies heavily on volunteer service to accomplish many of the lake’s goals and objectives in providing continued services for the visiting public.  During  2012, 209 volunteers donated 10, 564 hours of service, performing duties such as campground maintenance, use fee collections, trail work, and litter removal.  These volunteers selfless service is to be commended.  During the off season, the volunteer team is busy painting signs, cleaning campsites, collecting camping fees, and performing janitorial duties.  These conscientious volunteers are continually asking to take on more projects to enhance the aesthetics and preserve the natural resources in recreation areas.

  • Enid Lake, Mississippi - Enid Lake in Mississippi is known for its recreational opportunities such as hunting, fishing, boating, swimming, and camping, and because of the fun, draws about 1.7 million visitors annually.  Enid Lake’s Volunteer Program is a major benefit to recreators, especially in the area of its campgrounds. Volunteers serve as volunteer hosts; greeting new campers, providing directions, answering questions about the lake, and providing camping information. These volunteers also routinely perform tasks such as pruning trees, maintaining flower beds, park watch, and basic maintenance of recreation areas. Since the Lake's volunteer program began in 1985, volunteers have developed a heightened awareness of the natural resources at Enid Lake and they believed in land stewardship as a mechanism to preserve today’s resources for tomorrow’s generations.   Enid Lake’s Volunteer Program has improved customer service and assisted in promoting Enid Lake as a vacation destination that is known for its “clean, quiet, family-friendly atmosphere”.

  • Bonneville Lock and Dam, Oregon & Washington - Bonneville Dam is visited by people from countries all over the world coming to view the thousands of migrating salmon and steelhead that annually pass through the fish ladders. Bonneville Lock and Dam is a National Historic Site that includes a hydropower facility, navigation lock, fish passage and three visitor centers.  Volunteers play a crucial role in the operations of this facility by helping run two bookstores, a navigation lock, and two main visitor centers.  Volunteers answer visitor questions, give tours, and are the welcoming faces of this unique historic and scientific destination.   Located within the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, abundant opportunities for recreation exist along the river with camping, sight seeing, fishing, windsurfing, hiking, swimming and boating being among the favorites.