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Melvern Lake Project Office
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
31051 Melvern Lake Parkway
Melvern, Kansas 66510

Tel: 785-549-3318
Fax: 785-549-3611

Email: Melvern@usace.army.mil

Melvern Lake News Releases

Corps-managed campgrounds begin orderly shutdown
3/20/2020
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - As America confronts the challenges of Coronavirus disease 2019, protecting the health and safety of the recreating public, volunteers and our government personnel is our highest...
Corps of Engineers taking precautions, Visitor Centers closed
3/13/2020
Due to health precautions regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19), all Kansas City District Visitor Centers are closed. Safety is our number one priority. Nothing is more important than the safety of our...

Welcome to Melvern Lake

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.
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.
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.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Melvern Lake has announced a new reservation policy for the Arrow Rock Campground beginning May 1, 2020.
Moving Firewood Transports TreeKilling Insects & Diseases. Remember to acquire your firewood locally near the campground or use certified pest free firewood.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers protects and manages the land and water at Melvern Lake as a public trust, providing quality recreational experiences, while maintaining the integrity of the natural environment. We assure project visitors with a safe and healthful setting and many diverse recreational opportunities.
Melvern Lake supplements the flows on the Marias des Cygnes River. With its extensive watershed, Melvern Lake can greatly assist in water quality and quantity for downstream municipal and industrial water supplies as well as those that draw directly from the lake.
Melvern Lake’s plays a part in the flood control on the Marias des Cygnes River, Osage River, Missouri River, and the Mississippi River. Flood waters can be impounded until conditions downstream allow for their gradual, safe release. Communities downstream benefit from this flood control protection; to date Melvern Lake has saved more than $220 million in flood damage.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Kansas Dept. of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism work together to create and manage the natural resources at Melvern Lake. Wetlands, native grasslands, waterfowl refuges, agricultural fields, upland areas, and timber stands are all available at Melvern Lake.

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