US Army Corps of Engineers
St. Paul District

Projects

Mississippi River Recreation and Environmental Stewardship

Published Feb. 27, 2015
Updated: Sept. 20, 2019
St. Paul District forester Bobby Jackson installs a sign on Lock and Dam 3 mitigation property near Maiden Rock, Wis. The recent construction of navigation improvements on the embankments at Lock and Dam #3, resulted in the loss of vital environmental features in the floodplain. As part of our efforts to mitigate these impacts, the St. Paul District purchased 520 acres along the Rush and Trimbelle Rivers in Pierce Co., Wis., restoring 313 of those acres back to native floodplain forest. This isn’t unique to the district. Read more about another reforestation project on a Mississippi River island near Red Wing, Minn.: 
http://go.usa.gov/WB3W

St. Paul District forester Bobby Jackson installs a sign on Lock and Dam 3 mitigation property near Maiden Rock, Wis. The recent construction of navigation improvements on the embankments at Lock and Dam #3, resulted in the loss of vital environmental features in the floodplain. As part of our efforts to mitigate these impacts, the St. Paul District purchased 520 acres along the Rush and Trimbelle Rivers in Pierce Co., Wis., restoring 313 of those acres back to native floodplain forest. This isn’t unique to the district. Read more about another reforestation project on a Mississippi River island near Red Wing, Minn.: http://go.usa.gov/WB3W

Location/Project Components

The Mississippi River recreation and environmental stewardship functions are headquartered in La Crescent, Minnesota. The organization includes Blackhawk Park, a recreation area located 30 miles south of La Crescent with overnight camping, day-use areas and boat launching facilities. Operation and maintenance (O&M) of three additional boat accesses at Bad Axe, Millstone and Jay’s Lake landings are also administered by this organization.

A progressive forestry/wildlife program is actively managed under an existing memorandum of understanding with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) for approximately 50,000 acres held in federal ownership in the project area. Much of this area makes up the Upper Mississippi National Wildlife and Fish Refuge.

Operation

All recreation and environmental stewardship activities on the Mississippi River between Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam and Lock and Dam 10 in Guttenberg, Iowa are managed by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers staff located at La Crescent, Minnesota and Blackhawk Park near De Soto, Wisconsin.

Status

Funding in fiscal year 2019 supports historical O&M activities on the Mississippi River, including water level management coordination, land/habitat management, endangered species mitigation, real estate management including encroachment resolution and operations of developed recreation areas. Also complete the update to the Mississippi River Master Plan. Additional items requiring maintenance when resources become available include dredging to facilitate water access to shoreline areas and restoration of the beach at Blackhawk Park.

Fiscal

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FY 19

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FY 20 Pres Budget

Mississippi River Rec & ES

$1,885K

$1,757K

$1,997K

$2,039K

$2,282K