Value to the Nation Fast Facts

State Level Report
Illinois

RECREATION 2013
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 2013

  • 337 recreation areas 
  • 829 picnic sites 
  • 3,799 camping sites 
  • 91 playgrounds 
  • 17 swimming areas 
  • 91 number of trails 
  • 297 trail miles 
  • 4 fishing docks 
  • 224 boat ramps 
  • 3,003 marina slips 

Public Outreach in FY 2013

  • 172,272 public outreach contacts

Visits (person-trips) in FY 2012*

  • 28,416,481 in total
  • 2,794,047 picnickers
  • 219,357 campers 
  • 3,340,716 swimmers 
  • 1,480,513 water skiers 
  • 5,989,251 boaters 
  • 14,698,179 sightseers 
  • 6,663,490 fishermen 
  • 1,215,142 hunters 
  • 1,565,023 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 2012*

28,416,481 visits per year resulted in:

  • $929,757 (thousands) in visitor spending within 30 miles of Corps lakes.
  • $456,328 (thousands) in sales within 30 miles of Corps lakes.
  • 7,674 jobs within 30 miles of Corps lakes.
  • $163,533 (thousands) in labor income within 30 miles of Corps lakes.
  • $270,072 (thousands) in value added within 30 miles of Corps lakes.

With multiplier effects, visitor trip spending resulted in:

  • $711,062 (thousands) in total sales.
  • 9,865 jobs.
  • $244,435 (thousands) in labor income.
  • $421,335 (thousands) 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 2013

  • 260,648 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.

*Visitation data for fiscal year (FY) 2013 are not currently available; therefore, the visitation and economic data fields shown on this sheet reflect the latest reliable values (FY 2012). These fields will be updated as the data becomes available.

Lakes in Illinois

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

 

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