The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers staff at Clinton Lake manages the lake to provide benefits to the nation in areas of Flood Damage Reduction, Recreation, Fish and Wildlife Management, Water Supply and Water Quality Improvement.
The Corps manages 7,000-acre Clinton Lake and an additional 15,000 acres of land around the lake.
The staff conducts dam safety inspections and maintains the dam and outlet works. Corps employees make water release changes to the Wakarusa River in coordination with the Kansas City District Water Management Section.
Five parks around the lake are managed and maintained by the Corps of Engineers. These parks include roads, utility systems, campsites, a beach, boat ramps, fish cleaning station and picnic grounds.
Many maintenance activities are contracted to the private sector. Mowing, trash collection, fee collection, and facility cleaning are just a few of the activities that are performed by private contractors for the Corps.
The Corps of Engineers manages the natural resources of Clinton Lake in cooperation with Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism through several techniques. Some of the land has been restored to native grassland and oak hickory forest, while other areas are leased for agricultural purposes, with wildlife management being a central theme.
Other activities by the Corps include public relations, visitor services, real estate management, emergency services, collection of weather data, tree planting, prairie management, wildlife food plot management, rescue and recovery operations, park patrol, buoy maintenance and management of concession leases.