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  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers invites volunteers to plant trees at W.P. Franklin Recreation Area on National Public Lands Day, Sept. 24

    ALVA, Fla. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District invites the public to participate in a day of service at the W.P. Franklin Lock and Dam Recreation Area near Alva on National Public Lands Day, Saturday, September 24, from 7:30 a.m. through 4 p.m. Activities include planting close to 3,000 native trees to reforest open land, provide habitat restoration and educational opportunities for the local community. “We welcome volunteers of all ages to help us plant trees in an effort to reforest roughly 8.5 acres of land to create a natural Hardwood Hammock habitat at the W.P. Franklin Recreation Area as part of our Engineering with Nature Program,” said Col. James Booth, Jacksonville District Commander. This is the first of several opportunities that will be available to members of the local community who would like to volunteer to plant and restore native canopy and understory plants and grasses in an open area at the W.P. Franklin Recreation Area.”
  • W.P. Franklin South Recreation Area beach closed for swimming

    The Jacksonville District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has closed the beach at W.P. Franklin South Recreation Area for swimming because of concerns about water quality. The beach remains open for sunbathing and recreational activities other than swimming.
  • W.P. Franklin South Recreation Area beach closed for swimming

    The Jacksonville District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has closed the beach at W.P. Franklin South Recreation Area for swimming because of concerns about water quality. The beach remains open for sunbathing and recreational activities other than swimming.
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers offers free tours at W.P. Franklin Lock and Dam

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will offer free tours of the W. P. Franklin Lock and Dam on the Okeechobee Waterway in Alva through March.
  • W.P. Franklin South Recreation Area beach closed for swimming

    The Jacksonville District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has closed the beach at W.P. Franklin South Recreation Area for swimming because of concerns about water quality. The beach remains open for sunbathing and recreational activities other than swimming.
  • Army Corps of Engineers waives day-use fees at recreation areas on Veterans Day

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will waive day-use fees for veterans, active and reserve component service members, and their families at the more than 2,800 Corps-operated recreation areas nationwide on Veterans Day, November 11.
  • Swimming beach open at W.P. Franklin South Recreation Area

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District has reopened the swimming beach at W.P. Franklin South Recreation Area on the Caloosahatchee River.
  • W.P. Franklin South Recreation Area beach closed for swimming

    The Jacksonville District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has closed the beach at W.P. Franklin South Recreation Area for swimming because of concerns about water quality.
  • Water safety is important year-round

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the nation’s leading provider of outdoor recreation, reminds everyone that water safety is a concern for all seasons. Taking water safety precautions saves lives.
  • Corps reopens “boat-in” docks at W.P. Franklin Campground

    The Jacksonville District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has reopened four “boat-in” docks at the W.P Franklin North Campground on the Caloosahatchee River near Fort Myers following the completion of structural repairs.