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The Missouri River Basin Balancer offers insight into the inland waterway of the Missouri River and its system of reservoirs, which are operated with a goal for serving each of the benefits, flood control, navigation, hydropower, irrigation, water supply, recreation, fish and wildlife, and water quality, for which the Mainstem reservoirs were authorized and constructed. Users can take charge of river operations and experience the unique challenges presented when managing reservoir operations in a variety of weather conditions across a geographically diverse basin.
Dam and Hydropower projects are part of what makes the Corps the largest provider of water-based outdoor recreation in the nation. The Omaha District has several lake and river projects providing diverse recreational opportunities.
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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.
Between 1932 and 1957, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers built six main stem dams and many smaller dams along Missouri River tributaries. These, along with a system of federal and private levees, reduce flooding risks for urban and agricultural property and lives throughout the Missouri River watershed. The Omaha District estimates that this system has prevented an estimated billions in damages in today's dollars.
Many of these projects, which were built primarily for navigation, flood control or other purposes, are also used for hydropower production. The Corps is the Nation's largest single producer of hydroelectricity. Nationwide, the Corps operates 75 hydropower projects, housing 349 generator units with a total capacity of 20.7 million kilowatts, or about 3.5 percent of the Nation's total electric power production.

Recreation Area News Releases

  • Hunting reminders for public lands around Gavins Point Project.

    With hunting season fast approaching, hunters are reminded of regulations for hunting on Gavins Point Project lands near Yankton, South Dakota. These rules are in place to help manage the public land and water resources, and for visitor safety. The areas included in these regulations are Corps of Engineers-managed lands around Lewis and Clark Lake, Lake Yankton (near Yankton, South Dakota), Audubon Bend Area (near Wynot, Nebraska), and North Alabama Bend Area (near Vermillion, Sout Dakota). Hunting is permitted outside developed recreation and operations areas unless otherwise posted. All visitors are reminded to check for current state regulations, hunting seasons, and to be aware and courteous of hunters while out in the field.
  • Timber stand improvements being made to Lake Yankton Island.

    A timber stand improvement project has started on 82 acres of the Lake Yankton Island below Gavins Point Dam, near Yankton, South Dakota and is expected to be completed by November 30. Those dates may change due to weather and other factors. Visitors should not go beyond posted closures and hunters encouraged not to leave tree stands in area.
  • Road across Gavins Point Dam closed August 20-23

    Crest Road, the road on Gavins Point Dam near Yankton, South Dakota, will be closed from 8 a.m. through 4 p.m. Monday, August 20 through Thursday, August 23 to perform maintenance on intake gates and embankment maintenance. The public is asked to plan on an alternate route of travel during this time.
  • Road across Gavins Point Dam closed August 13-16.

    Crest Road, the road on Gavins Point Dam near Yankton, South Dakota, will be closed from 8 a.m. through 4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13, through Thursday, Aug. 16, to perform maintenance on intake gates. The public is asked to plan on an alternate route of travel during this time.
  • Spillway parking area to be closed

    The parking area next to the Gavins Point Spillway, near Yankton, SD, will be closed from approximately 5 a.m. through noon on Tuesday, August 7, to allow contractors to conduct parking lot maintenance.