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Fireworks are not allowed at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers land or waters.
As the nation's largest federal provider of water-based recreation, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District stresses water safety and urges extra caution while in or around water during the upcoming Independence Day holiday.
Obey all navigation rules established in your state. Pay attention to and follow all regulatory buoys and be aware of lake conditions.
As our recreation areas begin to reopen we want to remind you that we need your help during these trying times.
Drowning is the nation’s second leading cause of accidental death. Many people overestimate their swimming ability and swim beyond their limits.
All reservations for Island View, Bridge View and Prairie Ridge campgounds at Rathbun Lake must be made online at www.Recreation.gov or through their mobile app. We are not accepting any cash payments. Due to #COVID19 the Recreation.gov 877 reservation number is temporarily inactive. All payments and reservations must be completed online.
USACE reminds all visitors to follow these steps to recreate responsibly: honor the 6-foot social distance rule, stay away from parks and recreation areas if you are sick or have symptoms, keep parks clean by practicing “pack in and pack out” etiquette, and always wear a life jacket when near the water.
With limited staff and services likely in many parks & protected areas, trash & recycling receptacles may not be emptied as often as normal or at all. This can result in trash overflowing from receptacles which becomes litter & can harm wildlife. Instead, pack your trash & recyclables out with you all the way home & utilize your own receptacles.
As we implement a phased reopening of campsites and recreation areas closed due to COVID-19, a complete list of recreation area status updates can be found online at: www.nwk.usace.army.mil/Locations/District-Lakes/Recreation-Area-Status.
To protect against the further spread of the Coronavirus all USACE-managed campgrounds have begun an orderly shutdown and will be closed indefinitely. Individuals with paid reservations will be contacted by email and full refunds will automatically be processed by Recreation.gov with no cancellation fees. Do not attempt to contact Recreation.gov to request a refund as that will lead to a cancellation fee being charged.
The Kansas City District is currently supporting our State and Federal Partners in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Our team is decisively engaged in the well-being of our workforce, their families, and the successful execution of our District's Mission Essential Tasks.
Follow CDC guidelines, even when outdoors. We are not staffed to maintain/clean lake & park areas. Be cautious about touching anything. Sanitize and wash often. Practice social distancing.
Contracting Guide to doing business with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
We are taking precautions and have closed our Visitor Center effective March 13, 2020. We will continue to monitor the situation and will provide timely updates regarding other potential facility closures at our lakes on our websites and/or social sites.
When visiting a Corps lake always wear a life jacket and swim in designated swim areas.

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Col. Hannan's message to our partners during COVID-19 Pandemic
3/30/2020
The Kansas City District is currently supporting our State and Federal Partners in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Our team is decisively engaged in the well-being of our workforce, their families,...
Contracting in Disasters: What Companies Can Do To Help
3/21/2020
Contracting Director: I want to make sure that everyone understands the first steps in doing business with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USAGE), and the Government, is for your company to register...

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Corps of Engineers provides safety tips for Independence Day weekend
7/1/2020
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - As the nation's largest federal provider of water-based recreation, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District stresses water safety and urges extra caution while in or...
Corps of Engineers urges lake visitors to watch for algae blooms
6/10/2020
KANSAS CITY, Mo. –The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District is actively responding to a potentially toxic blue-green algae blooms at several lakes with site-specific sampling and posting...
Dam Safety Day recognized in Kansas City District
5/29/2020
Living with dams is a shared responsibility and requires constant assessment, continuous communication and engagement with local public and emergency management agencies. The Kansas City District,...

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