The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been serving our community and playing a major role in creating tourism since the mid 60’s. While the Corps of Engineers has been a part of our community for over half a century their existence dates back to 1775 when to be president George Washington appointed the first engineer to serve in the American Revolutionary War and subsequently we have had an engineer serve in combat in all American Wars. In 1802 the Army established the Corps of Engineers as a separate, permanent branch of the U.S. Army to help with the building of America and it’s infrastructure. The Corps of Engineers spent the 19th century building coastal fortifications, constructing lighthouses, surveying canals, roads, and exploring mapping of the western frontier. In the 20th century the Corps would undertake the lead on the federal flood control agency which would prove to probably be the largest factor into molding the Corps into the agency that we know today.
In 1938, Congress passed the Flood Control Act, which authorized the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to build dams on most of the country’s major free-flowing river systems with Greers Ferry Dam being authorized later that year to try to help control flooding on the White River Basin. The Corps broke ground for the dam and reservoir on the Little Red River in June 1957 with the majority of the construction beginning in 1959. The completion of the Greers Ferry Dam in 1963 created a transition for the Corps responsibility in our area from the creation of the lake to the management of this new resource.
Today the Corp of Engineers manages our local Choctaw Park located at 3850 Highway 330 East. Choctaw Park consist of 140 acres with 146 campsites (91 with electric, 55 without), flush and vault toilets, showers, drinking water, trailer dump station, launching ramp, swimming area, playground, picnic shelter, and marina. With approximately 100,000 vehicles a year visiting our local park has proven to be a favorite among local as well as tourist. You can reserve your campsite by visiting www.recreaction.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777.