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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announces changes in recreation day use fees beginning Jan. 1, 2016

Published Dec. 22, 2015

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, or Corps, announced today that beginning Jan. 1, 2016, the recreation day use fees charged for boat launches and swimming beaches managed by the Corps will change to a simpler fee structure. The fee for a Corps annual pass to these facilities will also change.

These fees were last changed in 2002.

Some locations may also see a change in camping fees and the fee for a Special Use Permit, which covers events, facilities and activities.

The Corps conducted a review of its fee structure earlier this year and determined that fee changes are needed to ensure Corps fees remain comparable and fair to those charged by other local providers for similar facilities and services.

The day use fee structure at Corps-managed facilities will vary depending upon the comparability study conducted by each Corps recreation area, but the minimum day use fees beginning in January will be as follows:

 ·         Minimum day use fee of $5.00 will be charged per private non-commercial vehicle.

 ·         Minimum day use fee of $2.00 per adult for walk-in or bike-in.

 ·         Minimum day use fee of $20.00 will be charged per bus or commercial vehicle.

 ·         Children under the age of 16 are not charged a day use fee.

Payment of the day use fee entitles the user to launch a boat or use any developed swimming beach at a Corps-operated recreation area for that day.

A Corps annual day use pass may be purchased for $40, which permits the holder and accompanying passengers the daily use of facilities managed by the Corps for one calendar year. The public will also be able to obtain interagency America the Beautiful Passes at more than 240 Corps projects across the country.

For information on the new fee structure, visitors should contact their local Corps recreation area. A directory of project offices is available at

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is the nation’s largest federal provider of outdoor recreation, managing more than 400 lake and river projects in 43 states and hosting more than 370 million visits per year. With 90 percent of these recreation areas within 50 miles of metropolitan areas they provide a diverse range of outdoor activities close to home and to people of all ages.


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Doug Garman

Release no. 15-011