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Army Corps of Engineers waives day use fees at recreation areas in observance of Veterans Day

Published Nov. 1, 2023
Updated: Nov. 1, 2023
The flight took 20 district team members from the Jadwin Building, down the Texas coast to the Brazos River Floodgates, north to Addicks and Barker reservoirs, to the Conroe Army Reserve Center, the Wallisville Lake Project Office, and down the Houston Shipping Channel back to HQ.

An aerial view of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District Wallisville Lake Project on the Trinity River in Wallisville, Texas taken from a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter from of the “Ghostriders” of 1st Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment, Aug. 1, 2023.

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. More information can be found at

USACE began the Veterans Day fee waiver in 2006 to honor the men and women who have served our nation and the armed forces.

USACE also offers other fee-free days throughout the year to mark days of celebration and commemoration, including Martin Luther King, Jr. Day; USACE birthday; Juneteenth National Independence Day; and National Public Lands Day.

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, or

Doug Garman

Release no. 23-012