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Corps of Engineers: Recreation Management

This program provides recreation opportunities in and around Corps lakes and parks. The Corps manages 4,300 recreation areas at 456 projects in 43 states. The recreation opportunities the Corps (and its partners) offer are diverse, ranging from primitive camp sites to four-star conference centers.


What This Rating Means

Moderately Effective

In general, a program rated Moderately Effective has set ambitious goals and is well-managed. Moderately Effective programs likely need to improve their efficiency or address other problems in the programs' design or management in order to achieve better results.
  • The Corps of Engineers recreation program is large, diverse and well managed. It takes place on 12 million acres of water and land, equal in size to the States of Vermont and New Hampshire. Its managers are often resourceful and entreprenurial, working collaboratetively with the local community to ensure customer satisfaction.
  • The Corps recreation infrastructure is aging and, in many cases, obsolete. Many recreation facilities are 30 to 40 years old and are nearing the end of their useful life. They need to be replaced and upgraded but federal funding is not likely to be avaiable.
  • Baselines and targets for recreation performance have not been developed to date. Accordingly, the use of these measures to guide budget decisions is limited. Also, land use policy might be improved to attract private financing and investment where appropriate.

Improvement Plan

About Improvement Plans

We are taking the following actions to improve the performance of the program:

  • Working to enact legislation that would provide managers improved incentives to collect fees, increase receipts, and work collaboratively with local community leaders.
  • Obtaining authority to use increased fees the program collects to operate, maintain and upgrade facilities at Corps recreation sites where the fees are collected.
  • Collecting data to develop performance measures useful for managing recreation sites. Also conducting competitive solicitations, where appropriate, to use private financing to improve the program.

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