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Whether by kayak, canoe or raft, you can float the Missouri River from Rulo, Nebraska to St. Louis, Mo. fully in the Kansas City District.

These 498 miles of river have some of the richest viewing in our area.
Kayaks and canoes: best view of beauty on the Missouri River
Whether by kayak, canoe or raft, you can float the Missouri River from Rulo, Nebraska to St. Louis, Mo. fully in the Kansas City District. These 498 miles of river have some of the richest viewing in our area.
The Kansas City District has a large Natural Resource Management Program which provides many recreational opportunities. While lake staff specializes in managing natural resources, several practices provide ancillary benefits to recreation and multiple authorized purposes.
Natural resource management benefits spill over into recreation
The Kansas City District has a large Natural Resource Management Program which provides many recreational opportunities. While lake staff specializes in managing natural resources, several practices provide ancillary benefits to recreation and multiple authorized purposes.
Park rangers held the ribbon as (2nd from left) Aaron Thompson, who serves as the Nebraska-Kansas Area Office Manager in McCook, Neb., and manages Reclamation projects in Nebraska, Kansas, and Colorado; John Nelsen, an owner and the President of Patterson Harbor Marina; Col. Douglas Guttormsen, commander of the Kansas City District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Larry Janicek, Operations Manager of Harlan County Lake; and, Doug Wilson, City Administrator of Alma, Neb.; assisted in the cutting of the ribbon May 11, 2018.
Harlan County Lake ribbon cutting for repaired dam
Park rangers held the ribbon as (2nd from left) Aaron Thompson, who serves as the Nebraska-Kansas Area Office Manager in McCook, Neb., and manages Reclamation projects in Nebraska, Kansas, and Colorado; John Nelsen, an owner and the President of Patterson Harbor Marina; Col. Douglas Guttormsen, commander of the Kansas City District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Larry Janicek, Operations Manager of Harlan County Lake; and, Doug Wilson, City Administrator of Alma, Neb.; assisted in the cutting of the ribbon May 11, 2018.
Articles in this edition include important water safety information, natural resource management recreation benefits, invasive species facts, innovative recreational opportunities, Harlan County Lake project construction completion, Truman Lake history and Missouri River recreation activities.
Heartland Engineer, Recreation Edition
Articles in this edition include important water safety information, natural resource management recreation benefits, invasive species facts, innovative recreational opportunities, Harlan County Lake project construction completion, Truman Lake history and Missouri River recreation activities.
To help share the importance of water safety, we rely on the public, our water safety rangers and our partners to assist in getting the word out. This year we will attend several events conducting water safety outreach across four states.
Engaging with communities at water safety events
To help share the importance of water safety, we rely on the public, our water safety rangers and our partners to assist in getting the word out. This year we will attend several events conducting water safety outreach across four states. The Corps wants to remind people that life jackets save lives. So please wear it during your next outing.
Invasive species pose a threat to lands and waters and can adversely impact the recreational experience of our visitors. 

Do you know what plants and animals can cause harm to you, your boat or the environment? Click the link below to understand a few primary invasive species the Kansas City District is currently focused on.
The fight against invasive species and how you can help!
Invasive species pose a threat to lands and waters and can adversely impact the recreational experience of our visitors. Do you know what plants and animals can cause harm to you, your boat or the environment? Click the link below to understand a few primary invasive species the Kansas City District is currently focused on.
The Perry Lake public swim beach will be closed during the 2018 recreation season for public safety due to ongoing recreation upgrades. During this closure, the public is encouraged to use the beach located in the Perry State Park.
Perry Lake swim beach closed for 2018 season
The Perry Lake public swim beach will be closed during the 2018 recreation season for public safety due to ongoing recreation upgrades. During this closure, the public is encouraged to use the beach located in the Perry State Park.
Truman Lake is the largest flood control reservoir in Missouri, with a storage capacity of more than 5 million acre-feet - an acre-foot equals 325,000 gallons. 

The lake also offers several recreation opportunities to the public. Click the link to read more.
Truman Lake provides many opportunities to central Missouri
Truman Lake is the largest flood control reservoir in Missouri, with a storage capacity of more than 5 million acre-feet - an acre-foot equals 325,000 gallons. The lake also offers several recreation opportunities to the public. Click the link to read more.
As we recognize May as National Water Safety Month, it’s important to understand water safety is truly a year-round concern.
Recognizing the importance of water safety
As we recognize May as National Water Safety Month, it’s important to understand water safety is truly a year-round concern.

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Tuttle Creek Lake ready for busy holiday weekend

5/24/2018
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Looking for a last minute location to camp or BBQ? Tuttle Creek Lake staff are advising visitors that facilities are nearly filled and to prepare for a busy weekend. “The weather forecast is beautiful. The lake level is good, and the water is warm,” explains Tuttle Creek, Corps of Engineers Park Manager Melissa Bean. “It’ll be a good weekend to visit the lake.” Some facilities are fully booked.

Corps of Engineers campgrounds at Stockton Lake require reservations

5/24/2018
STOCKTON, Mo. - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Stockton Lake now requires reservations for all Corps-managed campsites.

Corps provides water safety tips for Memorial Day weekend

5/22/2018
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Water is one of the premier destinations for Memorial Day weekend and with that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District’s 18 lakes see a huge spike in visitation. Before heading out on or near the water this holiday weekend, we encourage visitors to expect the unexpected and think about these four safety tips this Memorial Day weekend.

Harlan County Lake gains improved tainter gates for safety of dam

5/14/2018
REPUBLICAN CITY, Neb. – The Kansas City District and the Harlan County Lake team hosted a ribbon cutting event at the recently repaired Harlan County Dam May 11, 2018. The many changes needed to the tainter gates, sluicegates, and irrigation lines required a multi-disciplined project delivery team to focus on execution, quality, and schedule. This allowed for efficient accomplishment of the work on this complex dam project. The Harlan County Dam was the District’s top dam safety concern and received immediate and sustained attention to reduce the risk early and find the right repairs to greatly enhance the long-term safety of the dam.

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