Value of Cooper Lake to Local Community

Cooper/Jim Chapman Lake Recreation Report

US Army Corps of Engineers — Value to the Nation




Corps lake provide social, economic and environmental benefits for all Americans. Following are facts related to the Corps' role managing natural and recreational resources in Cooper Lake.


Social Benefits

  • 5 recreation areas 
  • 98 picnic sites 
  • 177 camping sites 
  • 2 playgrounds 
  • 2 swimming areas 
  • 8 trail miles 
  • 2 fishing docks 
  • 5 boat ramps 
  • 0 marinas 
  • 0 marina slips 

      Visits (person-trips)

  • 232,800 in total
  • 16,296 picnickers
  • 11,482 campers 
  • 11,640 swimmers 
  • 6,984 water skiers 
  • 51,216 boaters 
  • 44,232 sightseers 
  • 139,680 fishermen 
  • 34,920 hunters 
  • 30,264 others

Benefits in Perspective
By providing opportunities for active recreation, Corps lakes help combat one of the most significant of the nation's health problems: lack of physical activity.
Recreational programs and activities at Corps lakes also help strengthen family ties and friendships; provide opportunities for children to develop personal skills, social values, and self-esteem; and increase water safety.



Economic Benefits

232,800 visits per year resulted in:
  • $3.95 million in visitor spending within 30 miles of the Corps lake.
  • 66%of the spending was captured by local economy as direct sales effects.

With multiplier effects, visitor trip spending resulted in:

  • $4.29million in total sales.
  • $2.27 million in total income.
  • Supported 111 jobs in the local community surrounding the lake.

Benefits in Perspective
The money spent by visitors to Corps lakes on trip expenses adds to the local and national economies by supporting jobs and generating income. Visitor spending represents a sizable component of the economy in many communities around Corps lakes.

Environmental Benefits

  • 38,048 land acres
  • 19,280 water acres
  • 125 shoreline miles
  • 0 acres reforested
  • 5,271 environmental educational contacts

Benefits in Perspective
Recreation experiences increase motivation to learn more about the environment; understanding and awareness of environmental issues; and sensitivity to the environment.

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