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Recreation Overview

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is one of the nation's leading federal providers of outdoor recreation with more than 400 lake and river projects in 43 states. Visitors of all ages can enjoy traditional activities like hiking, boating, fishing, camping and hunting, and for those slightly more adventurous there is snorkeling, windsurfing, whitewater rafting, mountain biking and geo-caching.  Regardless of your favorite outdoor 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.

With 90 percent of our recreation areas located within 50 miles of a major metropolitan center, there is a Corps site near you. We invite you to visit us!

Latest News

Army Corps of Engineers reports an increase in adult drowning at its lake and river projects this summer
7/9/2020
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced today that more than 30 people lost their lives to drowning in June at lake and river projects the agency manages. The June statistics represent a 47 percent...
Army Corps of Engineers begins gradual reopening of recreation areas closed due to Coronavirus
5/22/2020
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced today that it has begun the gradual reopening of some USACE-managed recreation areas that were closed to protect against the further spread of coronavirus...
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers publishes request for comment on proposed revision to regulation governing possession of firearms
4/13/2020
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) today published in the Federal Register a request for comments on a proposed revision to its regulation governing the possession and transportation of firearms...
Army Corps of Engineers modifying operations at recreation areas due to Coronavirus
3/20/2020
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced today that it has begun the orderly shutdown of all USACE-managed campgrounds to protect against the further spread of coronavirus disease 2019...

Did you know?

  • USACE is one of the nation's leading federal providers of outdoor recreation managing more than 400 lake and river projects in 43 states.
  • USACE-managed waters provide 14 percent of all U.S. freshwater fishing.
  • 28,550 volunteers work 1.50 million hours annually at USACE projects.
  • Seven of the top 10 migratory bird flyways in the U.S. crossover USACE-managed waters.
  • USACE is responsible for 12 million acres of public lands and waters nationwide.
  • A visitor to USACE-managed recreation areas will find 41,188 miles of shoreline; 3,572 miles of trails; 91,583 campsites, and 3,713 boat ramps nationally.

For more facts on the USACE Recreation Program, please visit Fast Facts.

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Recreation Photos

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Bobber the Water Safety Dog
Kayaking Sojourn
Conservation program helps Tulsa District spread safety message
Obama Administration announces redesigned Recreation.gov site