US Army Corps of Engineers
Detroit District Website

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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Fall storm at the South Haven Lighthouse in South Haven, Michigan.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, announces that Lakes Michigan, Huron, St. Clair and Erie set new monthly mean water level records for April 2020, which were previously set in 1985 or 1986. All of the lakes are either in their period of seasonal rise or are reaching their peak, as we continue into the late spring and summer.
Waves wash over the pier at St. Joseph Harbor in Michigan, photo by Peter Brown.
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: