Army Corps of Engineers waives day use fees at recreation areas in observance of Veterans Day
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced today that it will waive day use fees at its more than 2,850 USACE-operated recreation areas nationwide in observance of Veterans Day, November 11.
The waiver covers fees for boat launch ramps and swimming beaches. The waiver does not apply to camping and camping-related services, or fees for specialized facilities (group picnic shelters) and events. Other agencies that manage recreation areas on USACE lands are encouraged, but not required, to offer the waiver in the areas that they manage.
Visitors are encouraged to contact USACE lake and river projects before visiting to ensure recreation areas are open. The status of USACE-managed campgrounds, boat ramps and swimming beaches and other sites is available at https://corpslakes.erdc.dren.mil/visitors/status.cfm.
While visiting USACE recreation areas, visitors are encouraged to practice social distancing and other COVID-19 safety precautions required and recommended by local, state and federal authorities, to include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC guidance on visiting parks and recreation facilities can be found online at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/visitors.html.
USACE began the Veterans Day fee waiver in 2006 as a way to honor the men and women who have served our nation and the armed forces.
USACE is one of the leading federal providers of outdoor and water-based recreation, hosting millions of visits annually to its more than 400 lake and river projects. It’s estimated that 90 percent of the USACE-operated recreation areas are within 50 miles of metropolitan areas, offering diverse outdoor activities for all ages close to home.
To discover a USACE recreation site nearest you, please visit www.corpslakes.us, or www.recreation.gov.
National Public Lands Day = Fee-Free Day
On September 24, 2022 the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will participate in a Fee-Free Day in partnership with our sister federal land management agencies. All day use fees for visitors to Corps-managed recreation areas will be waived on this day. The waiver covers boat launch ramp and swim beach fees only. The waiver does not apply to camping and camping related-services, or fees for specialized facilities such as group picnic shelters. Other agencies that manage recreation areas located on Corps lands are encouraged, but not required, to comply with this waiver of day use fees in the areas that they manage. Come out and enjoy this Fee-Free Day at a lake close to you!