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Test your speed, reflexes and boating knowledge with the Corps' new Lake Guard game app. The free app teaches users about water safety gear and boating hazards preparing them for real life experiences in or around the water.
Lake Guard App
Test your speed, reflexes and boating knowledge with the Corps' new Lake Guard game app. The free app teaches users about water safety gear and boating hazards preparing them for real life experiences in or around the water.
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.
Missouri River Basin Balancer
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.
A group picnics at the Training Dike Recreation area at Gavins Point Project
Picnicing at Gavins Point Project
A group picnics at the Training Dike Recreation area at Gavins Point Project
The East Totten Trail Campground is among the several public recreation areas on Lake Sakakawea near Riverdale, N.D.
East Totten Trail Campground
The East Totten Trail Campground is among the several public recreation areas on Lake Sakakawea near Riverdale, N.D.
Chatfield dam and reservoir are owned and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Corps leases 5,381 land and water acres to the State of Colorado Department of Natural Resources Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation to operate Chatfield State Park.
Chatfield Dam and Lake
Chatfield dam and reservoir are owned and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Corps leases 5,381 land and water acres to the State of Colorado Department of Natural Resources Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation to operate Chatfield State Park.
Lake Francis Case and Fort Randall Dam are located within the rolling plain of the Missouri Plateau, and bordered by rugged bluffs, broken by a complex of eroded canyons and ravines and has become one of the most popular recreation spots in the Great Plains.
Fort Randall Dam lies within view of the military post from which it takes its name. The name of the original fort honored Colonel Daniel W. Randall, one-time deputy paymaster of the Army.
Fort Randall Dam and Lake Francis Case
Lake Francis Case and Fort Randall Dam are located within the rolling plain of the Missouri Plateau, and bordered by rugged bluffs, broken by a complex of eroded canyons and ravines and has become one of the most popular recreation spots in the Great Plains. Fort Randall Dam lies within view of the military post from which it takes its name. The name of the original fort honored Colonel Daniel W. Randall, one-time deputy paymaster of the Army.
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.
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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


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Annual sediment flushing exercise scheduled at Cherry Creek Reservoir

The annual sediment flushing exercise will be completed at Cherry Creek Reservoir on Thursday, May 29, 2014. A release of 50 cubic feet per second (cfs) will be made at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 28 until the flush begins. The actual flushing exercise will begin at 9:30 a.m. and end at 12:20 p.m., Thursday, May 29, when the release will be set back to normal levels. The travel time from Cherry Creek dam to the Cherry Creek at Denver streamgage, located at the Champa Street Bridge, is about 6 hours. [Read More]
Published: May-20-14

Gavins Point Dam Road Closed May 19-23

Crest Road, the road that crosses the Gavins Point Dam near Yankton, S.D., will be closed from 8 a.m. Monday, May 19 through noon Friday, May 23. The public is asked to plan on an alternate route of travel during this time. [Read More]
Published: May-16-14

National Safe Boating Week, May 17-23, 2014

National Safe Boating Week, May 17-23, 2014, is the official launch of the 2014 Safe Boating Campaign. This yearlong campaign promotes safe and responsible boating and the value of life jacket wear by recreational boaters. [Read More]
Published: May-15-14

Gavins Point spillway road closed May 5-9

The road crossing Gavins Point Dam, near Yankton, S.D., also known as Crest Road or the spillway road, will be closed from 8 a.m. Monday, May 5 through 5 p.m. Friday May 9 while crews conduct spillway maintenance. The closure will include nighttime hours. The public is asked to plan on an alternate route of travel during this time. [Read More]
Published: May-01-14

Powerhouse tours, camping and day use fees and dates for Lake Sakakawea announced

Dates and times for Garrison Dam and Lake Sakakawea are now available for the 2014 recreation season. Powerhouse tours at the Garrison Dam Power Plant will begin June 5 and continue through August 2. Tours will be conducted every Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 2:00 p.m. Campgrounds will begin opening May 1. Reservations can be made by calling 1-877-444-6777 or visiting Recreation.gov. [Read More]
Published: Apr-29-14
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