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Triathlon at Rough River Lake.

The Army Corps of Engineers is the largest federal provider of outdoor recreation in the nation, hosting over 385 million visitors a year.

The Louisville District includes 30 lakes and locks and dams projects in portions of Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Tennessee and services more than 28 million visitors annually. The Louisville District partners with several federal, state and local agencies to provide recreational facilities to our visitors. Our lakes and parks have something for everyone including:

  • Fishing and boating Louisville District lakes and locks have over 140 boat launch ramps, including those in Corps operated areas and those in areas operated by other agencies. Healthy fish populations are promoted through lake management techniques accomplished in partnerships between the Louisville District and the state Fish and Wildlife agencies.
  • Camping Nearly 7000 campsites are available at Corps and other agency operated campgrounds in the Louisville District. Hiking Corps and partner parks provide over 700 miles of trails, ideal for hiking and observing wildlife.
  • Other activities The Corps and partner agencies offer a wide range of recreational opportunities at many of our lakes including mountain biking and horseback riding. Interpretive areas are also provided such as the Corps of Engineers regional Visitor Center at Caesar Creek Lake in Ohio.