Recreating in the St. Paul District

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 in North Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin. 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.

The St. Paul District recreation and natural resource management program mission is focused on providing 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 a steward of public lands, the St. Paul District has a special responsibility to assure resource accessibility for today and tomorrow while providing high-quality outdoor recreational opportunities for everyone. The St. Paul District manages approximately 28,546 acres of fee title land above the summer water levels and 447,187 water surface acres. From fishing to camping, hiking and boating, the St. Paul District has a wide variety of recreational opportunities district available for the public.

 

Recreation News

  • Lac qui Parle Dam repairs continue

    ST. PAUL, Minn. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, is preparing for the next phase of concrete repairs at the Lac qui Parle Dam, located near Watson, Minnesota.
  • Corps of Engineers set to cut back releases from Lac Qui Parle Dam

    ST. PAUL, Minn. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, plans to reduce outflows from the Lac Qui Parle Dam, near Watson, Minnesota, early next week.
  • Corps makes progress at Lac Qui Parle Dam

    ST. PAUL, Minn. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, completed the first phase of repairs to a hole under the abutment at the Lac Qui Parle Dam, located on the Minnesota River in west-central Minnesota, near Watson, Minnesota, this week.
  • Corps cautions ice fishermen upstream of Lock 9

    ST. PAUL, Minn. – ST. PAUL, Minn. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, advises that ice fishing could be dangerous on the lower end of Pool 9 due to fluctuating pool elevations caused by forming ice.
  • Corps seeks comments on Mississippi River Headwaters master plan

    ST. PAUL, Minn. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, is seeking public comments on its draft Mississippi River Headwaters Project Master Plan and environmental assessment.

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Help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species by following state guidelines when visiting Corps lakes:

North Dakota Game and Fish

MN Department of Natural Resources

WI Department of Natural Resources

Contact Us

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

1114 South Oak Street
La Crescent, MN 55947
651-290-5894

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

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.
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Entrance Passes

graphic of various entrance passes
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The Golden Age and Golden Access Passports were replaced by the America the Beautiful – the National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Pass Series. The requirements to obain the passes can be found on the National Park Service webpage).

For more information, call (1-888-275-8747), Ext. 1 (Hours of operation are: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mountain Time).

Water Safety Video

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.

Recreating in the St. Paul District