Army Corps of Engineers modifying operations at recreation areas due to Coronavirus
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced today (March 20, 2020) that it has begun the orderly shutdown of all USACE-managed campgrounds to protect against the further spread of coronavirus disease 2019. Visitor centers, beaches, special events, and USACE-sponsored events such as shore sweeps, interpretive programs, Kids to Parks Day, Earth Day events, public meetings and other public gatherings at all USACE-managed sites and facilities have also been closed and/or put on hold until further notice.
Individuals with paid camping reservations will be contacted by email and full refunds will automatically be processed by Recreation.gov with no cancellation fees. Individuals should not contact Recreation.gov to request a refund as that will lead to a cancellation fee being charged.
USACE is maintaining access to its projects by keeping day-use facilities and lake access areas open such as boat launches, picnic areas, fishing piers, and viewing areas. These areas are, however, subject to evolving conditions related to COVID-19 and decisions may have to be made locally to close specific areas.
For more information on the current status of USACE recreation area closures, we ask that you contact the USACE lake or river project before your visit. A complete list of recreation areas is available at www.CorpsLakes.us. The public’s patience and understanding during this unprecedented time is appreciated.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District, working in cooperation with agencies from the states of Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont, provides quality outdoor recreational opportunities at each of the 31 Corps-operated flood risk management reservoirs within these states. The lands and waters of these civil works water resource projects are managed to conserve the natural resources as well as for the primary authorized purpose of flood risk management.
In New England alone, the Corps has built civil works water resource projects to includes 35 flood risk management dams, 112 local protection projects, and five hurricane barriers. A total of 31 of 35 reservoir projects, and three of five hurricane barriers are operated and maintained by the Corps, while the remaining projects are operated and maintained by local interests.
Recreation areas run by the Corps of Engineers in New England can be found by clicking on a state on the left to go directly to one of the 31 flood risk management projects with recreational opportunities, or explore the interactive map below by clicking on the for details about each area.
Damages prevented throughout New England from flooding events in winter/spring 2011 by flood risk management dams, local protection projects, and hurricane protection barriers were approximately $1.4 billion in fiscal year 2011. Cumulative flood reduction damages prevented by all projects, including local protection projects, since their construction through Sept. 30, 2011 are more than $6.6 billion. These projects cost a total of $538 million to build. Streamflow and other project/reservoir data are available through New England District's Reservoir Control Center.