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Mississippi River Master Plan

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District, is revising its Mississippi River Master Plan and is seeking public input. The plan guides public use and management on 11 Corps operated campgrounds, 22 Corps managed day use areas, and approximately 55,000 acres of federal lands from Guttenberg, Iowa, to Saverton, Missouri, for environmental stewardship and recreational purposes.

It is important to note that this plan is not for navigation (locks, dams and associated infrastructure), flood risk management projects (such as levees and floodwalls), Mississippi River water level management, dredging and channel maintenance, or environmental restoration (such as the Upper Mississippi River Restoration - Environmental Management Program).

For the latest information on the plans, to submit comments, or be added to an email list to receive updates and notifications, please visit The public can also contact the Corps’ Mississippi River Project Office by mail at: Mississippi River Project, P.O. Box 534, Pleasant Valley, IA 52767; by email:; or telephone: (309) 794-4528.


Mississippi River Project Master Plan Revision

The Mississippi River Project has been in the process of revising its Master Plan (MP). The Mississippi River Project Master Plan has not been revised as a whole document since the early 1970s with Land Use Allocation Plan (LUAP) being the most recent major update in 1989. Since that time there have been changes that warrant revisions to include: federal policies, Corps regulation/guidance, and recreational use trends to name a few. 

Public input is critical throughout Master Plan revision process. This process began in January 2015 and completion is anticipated in the Fall of 2018. Public scoping open houses were held in the Summer of 2015. Public input will once again be sought during a final comment period on the revised document in the coming months. The public will be able to submit comments through: online input form; written input via mail or email; and public open houses.  To provide input and/or be added to an email list to receive updates and notifications please visit the website link at the right of this screen or contact the Project Office.


Master Plan Description

A Master Plan (MP) is a recreation, natural resource, and land-use management document.  Per Chapter 3 of Engineering Regulation1130-2-550 and Engineering Pamphlet 1130-2-550 Corps policy, it is the "...document that conceptually establishes and guides the orderly development, administration, maintenance, preservation, enhancement, and management of natural, cultural, and recreational resources of a Corps’ water resource project."  Despite what the name might suggest, it is not a plan for navigation (locks, dams and associated infrastructure for commercial barge traffic), flood risk management (such as levees in the PL84-99 Program), or water level management which have all been addressed in other guidance documents. 

The Mississippi River Project is also currently revising the 1989 Shoreline Management Plan (SMP).  For more information, please visit the Shoreline Management Plan page. 

For additional information on the current approved plans, master planning process, Mississippi River Project, or the recreation, forestry, or shoreline management sections please visit each of their links on the right of this screen.


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Contact Information

Mailing Address

Mississippi River Project Office
Attn:  Master Plan
P.O. Box 534
Pleasant Valley, IA 52767

Phone: 309-794-4528


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