At a Glance
Interpretation is the most important management tool and the most powerful public relations device we have. Our visitor centers are an opportunity to not only provide information but to change attitudes and perceptions and enlist the visitors' help in protecting our natural resources.
Visitor centers may range from large centers that cover regional issues to small project offices that provide information and brochures. Visitor centers are designed to stimulate interest and convey information. They are to enhance the public's understanding of the Corps, of the purpose and operation of the project, its archeological, historic, man-made, natural, and cultural features, and to develop public appreciation for the proper and safe use of project resources. They also aid project personnel in accomplishing management objectives and reduce overall project operation and maintenance costs.
Difference between Type A, Type B, and Type C Visitor Centers (See ER 1130-2-550, Chapter 5)
- Type A Visitor Center is intended to serve as a regional facility. It provides information encompassing a large geographic area such as a river basin, state, or other designated area of concern. It tells the story of the Corps from the national to the local level and the mission of the local project. It provides information on the socioeconomic development of the area, events of archeological, historical, cultural, and natural importance in the area, and other items of interest. Information shall be made available to visitors concerning rules and regulations, safety, facilities, and other recreation projects in the area. This type of facility is called a "Regional Visitor Center."
- Type B Visitor Centers, established by the MSC Commander, presents information on the project area. This can include specifics on Corps history, the project, natural and cultural resources, and local history. In addition, information on rules and regulations, safety, facilities and project recreation opportunities should be available to visitors. This type of center is similar to the Type A Visitor Center except that its scope is local in nature. This type of facility is called a "Project Visitor Center."
- Type C Visitor Centers dispense information, publications and maps which assist visitors in understanding, locating, and safely using and enjoying project facilities. Displays and presentations, as space permits, cover such topics as project purpose, visitor safety, history, and natural resources. This type of facility is called a "Visitor Information Center.
Type A Visitor Centers
- Barbers Point Harbor, Pacific Regional Visitor Center, Oahu, HI
- Bonneville Lock and Dam, Cascade Locks, Oregon
- Caesar Creek Visitor Center, Waynesville, Ohio
- Fort Peck Dam & Lake; Fort Peck Interpretive Center and Museum, Fort Peck, MT
- Gavins Point Lake; Lewis & Clark Visitor Center; Yankton, SD
- Harry S. Truman Regional Visitor Center, Warsaw, Missouri
- Jesse Brent Lower Mississippi River Museum, Vicksburg, MS
- Lake Superior Maritime Museum Visitor Center, Duluth, Minnesota
- Lake Washington Ship Canal Regional Visitor Center, Seattle, Washington
- National Great Rivers Museum at Melvin Price Locks and Dam, Alton, Illinois
- North Hartland Lake; Quechee Gorge Regional Visitor Center, Quechee, VT
- Red River Visitor Center, Shreveport, Louisiana; J. Bennett Johnston Visitors Center
- San Francisco Bay Model Regional Visitor Center, Sausalito, California
- Soo Locks Visitor Center, Sault Sainte Marie, MI
- Table Rock Lake/Dewey Short Visitor Center, Branson, Missouri
Visitor Centers - Other
- Clinton Visitor Center, Lawrence, Kansas
- Old Hickory Dam Visitors Center, Hendersonville, Tennessee
- Taylorsville Lake, Taylorsville, Kentucky
- The Dalles Lock and Dam; The Dalles Dam Visitor Center, The Dalles, OR
- William Carl Garner Visitor Center, Heber Springs, AR
At a Glance
News / Current Issues/Archive
Policy & Procedures
Good Enough to Share
Corps Story Display
Division & District POCs
Corps Photo Album for Visitor Centers
Interpretive Services and Outreach