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St. Paul District's chief of safety and the Corps water safety mascot, Bobber, take a trip to Eau Galle Recreation Area in Spring Valley, Wis.

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Recreating in the St. Paul District

Recreating in the St. Paul District

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The St. Paul District operates 49 recreation areas, ranging from public landings along the Mississippi River to lock and dam visitor centers to full-service campgrounds. These recreation areas are an important component of the region’s tourism industry, and the impact on the local and regional economies is significant. Recent data shows an estimated 8.7 million visitors used district recreational sites each year and spend approximately $239 million, of which $165 million was captured in the local economy, generating $235 million in total sales and supporting an estimated 3,060 jobs.

It is the mission of the recreation and natural resource management program of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to provide quality, public outdoor recreation experiences to serve the needs of present and future generations while being consistent with ecosystem management principles. To learn more about recreational opportunities at Corps of Engineers lakes throughout the nation, visit the CorpsLakes website.

As stewards of public lands, the St. Paul District has a special responsibility to assure resource accessibility for today and tomorrow and provide high quality outdoor recreational opportunities for all. The St. Paul District manages approximately 28,546 acres of fee title lands above the summer water levels and 447,187 water surface acres. The district has a wide variety of recreational opportunities available for the public.

Many of our recreational site pages include our brochures. These are in pdf format, you must have the free Adobe Acobat Reader to view.

Recreation News


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Minneapolis locks reopen to recreation boaters

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, is reopening its three Minneapolis locks to recreation traffic today. [Read More]
Published: Apr-21-14

Minneapolis locks closed to recreational vessels due to high Mississippi flows

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, closed its three Twin Cities locks to recreational boats today due to increasing high water flows in the Mississippi River. [Read More]
Published: Apr-11-14

Corps of Engineers asks you to practice water safety while on the water

ST. PAUL, Minn. – As Labor Day Weekend approaches, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, asks everyone to take a moment and remember to be safe while on the lakes and rivers this weekend. [Read More]
Published: Aug-29-13

Corps of Engineers to host free youth fishing derby at Blackhawk Park

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, is hosting a free youth fishing derby for kids age 12 and under at its Blackhawk Park near De Soto, Wis., Aug. 3. [Read More]
Published: Jul-09-13

Corps’ Leech Lake Recreation Area to host free youth fishing derby

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, is hosting a free youth fishing derby for kids age 14 and under at its Leech Lake Recreation Area in Federal Dam, Minn., July 20. [Read More]
Published: Jul-08-13
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Contact Us

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
St. Paul District

15 S. 21st St, Rm 102
Fargo, N.D. 58103-1435
701-232-1894

Blackhawk Park
608-648-3314
DeSoto, Wis.
Blackhawk.Park@usace.army.mil

Cross Lake
218-692-2025
Crosslake, Minn.
Cross.Lake@usace.army.mil

Eau Galle
715-778-5562
Spring Valley, Wis.
eau.galle.lake@usace.army.mil

Gull Lake
218-829-3334
Brainerd, Minn.
Gull.Lake@usace.army.mil

Lac qui Parle
320-269-6303
Watson, Minn.
Lac.Qui.Parle@usace.army.mil

Lake Ashtabula
701-845-2970
Valley City, N.D.
Lake.Ashtabula@usace.army.mil

Lake Traverse
320-563-4586
Wheaton, Minn.
Lake.Traverse@usace.army.mil

Lake Winnnibigoshish
218-326-6128
Deer River, Minn.
Lake.Winnibigoshish@usace.army.mil

Leech Lake
218-654-3145
Federal Dam, Minn.
LeechLake@usace.army.mil 

Orwell Lake and Dam
218-736-6463
Fergus Falls, Minn.
Orwell.Lake@usace.army.mil

Pokegama Lake
218-326-6128
Grand Rapids, Minn.
Pokegama.Lake@usace.army.mil

Sandy Lake
218-426-3482
McGregor, Minn.
Sandy.Lake@usace.army.mil 

Make Reservations

Untitled Document You can reserve camp sites and day use facilities at many U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recreation areas nationwide, as well as many other agencies, online by visiting RECREATION.GOV. Reservations may also be made by calling RECREATION.GOV toll free at 1-877-444-6777.

Federal Recreation Passes


Golden Age and Golden Access Passports

The Golden Age and Golden Access Passports have been replaced by the America the Beautiful – the National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Passes. The requirements to obain the new Senior and Access passes remain the same (Senior: U.S. citizen 62 years old or older - Access: U.S. citizen legally blind or permanently disabled).

For more information, call (1-888-275-8747), Ext. 3 (Hours of operation are: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Mountain time) or go to http://www.nps.gov/findapark/passes.htm.


The existing Golden Age and Golden Access Passports are still valid and do not need to be replaced.

Due to the way the legislation was written, the Corps of Engineers is not authorized to issue the new passes, however, the Corps will honor them. These passes are available at many of the federal recreation areas administered by the National Park Service; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; U.S. Forest Service; Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Reclamation.

These passes are good for life and entitle the bearer to a reduction in fees at federally-operated, recreation facilities.