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Economic Impact

Economic Impact

Recreation at Corps lakes is more than fun and games.  It also is an important part of the local economy.  Businesses can see the investment opportunities when thousands of people are drawn every day to an area. Restaurants spring up, along with hotels, resorts, boat marinas, and sporting goods stores. Soon, word spreads through the region of the lake’s pleasures and more people begin to visit.

Nationally, Corps lakes attract about 335 million recreation visits every year, and the economic impact on these areas is enormous. The total economic benefits with multiplier effects on local communities (within 30 miles of a lake) include 116,000 jobs and $3 billion in annual salaries and wages of the $11 billion in visitor trip spending. At the national level, visitors to Corps lakes also spend $5 billion a year on recreation equipment and an additional $2 billion on trips outside the local communities. That is $18 billion a year in spending by Corps lake visitors and 270,000 jobs to the nation’s economy

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From Sparsely Populated to 3 Million Visitors per Year

Rend Lake in southern Illinois is an excellent example of the economic impact of a Corps lake. This bustling area now draws over 3 million visitors per year to the 18,000 acre lake and its many beaches, picnic and camping areas. Full story...

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