Value to the Nation Fast Facts

State Level Report
Illinois

RECREATION 2016
US Army Corps of Engineers — Value to the Nation

Natural and recreational resources at the 10 Corps lake(s) in Illinois provide social, economic and environmental benefits for all Americans. Following are facts related to the Corps' role managing natural and recreational resources in Illinois.

SOCIAL BENEFITS

Facilities in FY 2016

  • 334 recreation areas 
  • 840 picnic sites 
  • 3,828 camping sites 
  • 94 playgrounds 
  • 18 swimming areas 
  • 142 number of trails 
  • 366 trail miles 
  • 4 fishing docks 
  • 215 boat ramps 
  • 3,246 marina slips 

Public Outreach in FY 2016

  • 129,467 public outreach contacts

Visits (person-trips) in FY 2016

  • 9,191,532 in total
  • 934,917 picnickers
  • 85,261 campers 
  • 1,287,481 swimmers 
  • 551,962 water skiers 
  • 1,601,269 boaters 
  • 4,379,176 sightseers 
  • 2,350,139 fishermen 
  • 515,449 hunters 
  • 651,502 others

Benefits in Perspective

By providing opportunities for active recreation, Corps lakes help combat one of the most significant of the nation's health problems: lack of physical activity.

Recreational programs and activities at Corps lakes also help strengthen family ties and friendships; provide opportunities for children to develop personal skills, social values, and self-esteem; and increase water safety.

ECONOMIC BENEFITS

Economic Data in FY 2016

9,191,532 visits per year resulted in:

  • $267,130,435 in visitor spending within 30 miles of Corps lakes.
  • $170,288,378 in sales within 30 miles of Corps lakes.
  • 2,488 jobs within 30 miles of Corps lakes.
  • $63,242,789 in labor income within 30 miles of Corps lakes.
  • $87,548,131 in value added within 30 miles of Corps lakes.
  • $82,690,445 in NED benefits.

With multiplier effects, visitor trip spending resulted in:

  • $349,003,087 in total spending.
  • $261,038,033 in total sales.
  • 3,172 jobs.
  • $90,636,038 in labor income.
  • $136,351,027 in value added (wages & salaries, payroll benefits, profits, rents, and indirect business taxes).

Benefits in Perspective

The money spent by visitors to Corps lakes on trip expenses adds to the local and national economies by supporting jobs and generating income. Visitor spending represents a sizable component of the economy in many communities around Corps lakes.

How these numbers were calculated.

ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS

Resources in FY 2016

  • 162,067 land acres
  • 342,159 water acres
  • 2,762 shoreline miles

Benefits in Perspective

Recreation experiences increase motivation to learn more about the environment; understanding and awareness of environmental issues; and sensitivity to the environment.

Lakes in Illinois

SMITHLAND LOCK - OHIO RIVER LOCKS AND DAMS, ILLINOIS WATERWAY IL, ILLINOIS WATERWAY IL AND IN, CARLYLE LAKE IL, KASKASKIA LOCK - KASKASKIA RIVER NAVIGATION IL, LAKE SHELBYVILLE IL, MISSISSIPPI RIVER BETWEEN MISSOURI RIVER AND MINNEAPOLIS , MISSISSIPPI R BETWEEN OHIO R & MISSOURI R (REGULATING WORKS), MISSISSIPPI RIVER BETWEEN MISSOURI RIVER AND MINNEAPOLIS, REND LAKE IL

 

Source: Value to the Nation web site at www.CorpsResults.us.
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