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User Fees and Passes

Background: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers charges recreation use fees for certain facilities and services provided at Federal expense under authorities conveyed in the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act.

Day Use Fees: $5 per private non-commercial vehicle  and $2 per person for walk/bike-ins. $20 per busload and commercial vehicle.  For specific information about the recreation area you are planning to visit, please contact the lake you plan to visit.

Annual Day Use Passes: An annual day use pass may be purchased for $40 for use at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' recreation areas.  These are valid at all U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' recreation areas across the country and are good for 12 months from the date of purchase. 

Discount Passes: 

The Corps now issues the America the Beautiful Interagency Senior Pass, Interagency Access Pass, Interagency Annual Pass, Interagency Military Pass, Interagency Every Kid in a Park 4th Grade Pass, and Interagency Volunteer Pass.  These passes are available at  Corps of Engineers' Visitor Centers or Corps' gate houses  and allow  half off of camping fees and free day use entry.

For a summary of the passes, please click here.

***  New for Seniors

Effective August 28, 2017: America the Beautiful Senior Lifetime Pass price increased to $80.00. An Annual Senior Pass can be purchased for $20.00.

Exchange of Senior Annual Passes for a Lifetime Pass: Visitors may exchange Annual Senior Passes purchased for each of the 4 prior years for a FREE Senior Lifetime Pass. The visitor must bring the physical passes in to make the exchange and the names on the four passes must match their photo ID.

Please note that the Interagency passes will also be available to the public via 888-ASK USGS, ext 1; fedrecpass@usgs.gov; or via the Internet at http://store.usgs.gov/pass or http://www.recreation.gov.

While Golden Age and Golden Access passes are no longer issued, those still in possession of them receive half off their camping fees and free day use entry. The America the Beautiful Senior and Access passes have replaced the Golden Age and Access passes.

Military Passes:  We also  accept at Corps managed recreation areas the Department of the Defense Identification Card, Common Access Card (CAC) and  the America the Beautiful Federal Recreation Pass Program Annual Pass for Military as proof of eligibility for free day use.  Fees for camping may be waived when leave orders in support Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) are presented. 

Note - Camping fees will be waived on a walk-up and space available basis, as well as for reservations made through the National Recreation Reservation Service call center at: 1-877-444-6777. ***However, fees will not be waived for on-line reservations made through Recreation.gov as the program is not setup to handle waivers.

For more information about military fee waivers please visit the following site.

Recreation Use Fee Waiver for Military

For more information about how fees work, please contact the lake that you plan to visit.