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Value to the Nation: Recreation

USACE Lake and River Projects at Play

EVERY YEAR…there are about 260 million visits to the more than 400 USACE lake and river projects where visitors exercise, spend time with their families or just enjoy a lazy afternoon. Most of them will have driven an hour or less from a major city to reach their favorite USACE lake or river project. The fortunate Americans who experience a USACE lake or river project benefit from the fresh air and exercise, and these hours of recreation are often a highlight of their week. USACE is continually working to maintain and improve the parks surrounding these lake and river projects, including adding new recreational features, usually in partnership with local governments or private recreation organizations. Visit Corps Lakes Gateway and start planning your trip to a USACE lake or river project today! Read more…

USACE Lake and River Projects at Work

EVERY DAY…210,000 Americans work at jobs supporting visitors to USACE lake and river projects, at restaurants, hotels, marinas and other businesses related to tourism. These jobs play an important role in the local economy and generate annual visitor spending of about $12.7 billion. USACE lake and river projects attract residents and businesses to the area resulting in investments to take advantage of the sporting and tourism opportunities the lake or river project offers. USACE lake and river projects are powerful generators of economic development, often located in areas that are in need of steady jobs. Read more…

USACE Lake and River Projects and the Environment

EVERY DAY…USACE protects and manages 12 million acres of natural environment in and around its lake and river projects through projects that protect and reestablish healthy ecosystems like planting new stands of the near-extinct Eastern chestnut trees, establishing fish hatcheries and controlling the threats posed by invasive species. Read more…

USACE Lake and River Projects in Partnership

USACE partners with a wide range of organizations to undertake environmental lake and river projects, develop recreational activities, and educate visitors. USACE also enlists thousands of individual volunteers annually to assist with its training and education activities.

For more information read our Recreation Brochure (pdf, 1.80 MB) or view the Recreation Fast Facts

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Fast Facts

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