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The Army Corps of Engineers is the largest federal provider of outdoor recreation in the nation, hosting over 385 million visitors a year.

The Louisville District includes 30 lakes and locks and dams projects in portions of Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Tennessee and services more than 28 million visitors annually. The Louisville District partners with several federal, state and local agencies to provide recreational facilities to our visitors. Our lakes and parks have something for everyone including:
Fishing and boating Louisville District lakes and locks have over 140 boat launch ramps, including those in Corps operated areas and those in areas operated by other agencies. Healthy fish populations are promoted through lake management techniques accomplished in partnerships between the Louisville District and the state Fish and Wildlife agencies.

Camping Nearly 7000 campsites are available at Corps and other agency operated campgrounds in the Louisville District.

Hiking Corps and partner parks provide over 700 miles of trails, ideal for hiking and observing wildlife.

Other activities The Corps and partner agencies offer a wide range of recreational opportunities at many of our lakes including mountain biking and horseback riding. Interpretive areas are also provided such as the Corps of Engineers regional Visitor Center at Caesar Creek Lake in Ohio.

For detailed information about specific Corps lakes in the Louisville District, please click on the links in the column to the right.

We are committed to making Corps properties accessible to all Americans. Many trails, piers and campsites are universally accessible.

A trip to a Corps lake is a great way to strengthen family ties and help children learn to appreciate nature, develop interpersonal skills, get exercise, and build self-esteem. Come see for yourself what is drawing one out of every 10 Americans to a Corps lake!

Recreational experiences increase motivation to learn more about the environment. As stewards of public lands, the Louisville District has a responsibility to assure resource accessibility for over 280,000 acres of fee title property above summer pool elevations and nearly 200,000 water surface acres.

Water Safety: Each year many lives are lost or injured and millions of dollars in property damage occurs as the result of preventable recreational boating accidents on the Nation's waterways. Review safety tips, news, and local laws and regulations before you go - YOU can make a difference. Please take some time and visit the Army Corps of Engineers Water Safety website for more information.

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