US Army Corps of Engineers
Detroit District

Recreation Overview

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is the largest provider of water-based outdoor recreation in the nation. Its 422 lake and river projects in 43 states provide a diverse range of recreational opportunities. Visitors of all ages can enjoy traditional activities like hiking, boating, fishing, camping and hunting, and for those slightly more adventurous there is snorkeling, windsurfing, whitewater rafting, mountain biking and geo-caching. Regardless of your favorite outdoor activity one thing is certain, recreation enriches people's lives. A visit to an Army Corps of Engineers' recreation area can strengthen family ties and friendships; create unforgettable memories and connect people to nature that will last a lifetime.

With more than 90 percent of our recreation areas located within 50 miles of a major metropolitan center, there is a Corps site near you. We invite you to visit us!

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The 2019 Detroit District Photo Contest results are in! Congratulations to our winners and many thanks to everyone who submitted photos and voted! 
See the winners on our Facebook Page.
Ludington Lighthouse with waves crashing over the break wall and storm clouds rolling overhead. Ludington, Michigan.
2018 Photo Contest Calendar
Grand Haven
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Many guests visited the Soo Locks during the Soo Locks Engineers Day June 27, always the last Friday in June, where the gates are open and the public is allowed to view the ships up-close. See photos by visiting us on Facebook:
The locks underwent critical repairs and maintenance during the winter shutdown. Crews have battled the elements to put the Poe Lock back into operation at the scheduled time. The locks and Soo Locks crew will be available for service despite extremely heavy ice on the St. Marys River that has delayed the arrival of the first Cargo Vessel.

Note: photos of the crews during winter work are available on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Detroit-District-US-Army-Corps-of-Engineers/144354390916
Children skip rocks at Canal Park in Duluth, Minn.
The Sorlandet, a tall ship from Norway, passes through the Poe Lock at the Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., on its way to Duluth for the Tall Ships Festival. The Sorlandet is the oldest fully-rigged sailing vessel in the world.