By U.S. ArmyOctober 30, 2017
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is proud to oversee 4,300 recreation areas at 422 lakes in 43 states. Corps lakes are an important part of America's Great Outdoors. The lakes and rivers host about 370 million visits a year, the largest federal recreation provider in the Nation. No matter where you live in the United States; there is a Corps lake near you! What does it mean to have a Corps lake nearby? It means...Corps lakes and parks are a great place to enjoy nature! Whether you are looking for an idyllic vacation spot or a quiet get-away close to home there is a Corps lake waiting for you. Visit www.Recreation.gov to make your reservations "under the stars" for camping and other uses.We offer an array of recreational opportunities, including fishing, boating, hiking, camping, snorkeling, whitewater rafting, mountain biking, windsurfing and programs for people with disabilities. Check out Fast Facts to get info on picnic and camping sites, swimming areas, hiking trails, fishing docks, and much more!Corps lakes generate jobs and money for the local economy. Nationally, the visitors at the Corps Lakes contribute about $18 billion into the economy, supporting about 350,000 jobs. Find out for yourself by pulling up the Fast Facts page or learn more about the national economic impact of Corps lakes.The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers welcomes the myriad of present and future partners who share common goals and interests in our recreation and natural resources. We have partners who help manage visitor centers, environmental education areas, special recreation events, and help to maintain and restore recreation areas and environmentally sensitive areas. Our partners provide millions of dollars in both dollars and in-kind contributions.Each year the Corps offers hundreds of educational and volunteer programs at its lakes designed to help visitors appreciate and better care for the environment. The ecological diversity of Corps lakes and parks is amazing. They are home to scores of threatened or endangered species.The Corps is dedicated to careful environmental stewardship of the 12 million acres under our control. Through partnerships with federal, state, private and non-profit organizations, fish and wildlife habitats are improved, cultural and archeological resources are protected, environmental education programs are conducted, and thousands of volunteers improve trails, plant trees, and remove weeds and trash annually.