Because Philpott Lake is a U.S. Fee Area, visitors may be required to pay a user fee for day use activities in certain parks. The applicable fees will usually be posted at the park entrance.

$2 per walk- in, $5 per vehicle, $20 per commercial vehicle

ANNUAL PASSES ARE AVAILABLE AT THE VISITOR CENTER for $40.00. Annual passes may be used at Corps operated day use sites across the Country.



While Golden Age and Golden Access passes are no longer issued, those still in possession of them receive free day use and 50% off of camping fees.  The America The Beautiful (ATB) Senior and Access Passes have replaced the Golden Age passes.


America the Beautiful Passes

The Corps now issues the America the Beautiful (ATB) Interagency Annual, Senior,  Access, Military-Annual, Military-Lifetime, Every Kid Outdoors, and Volunteer Passes.  Those in possession of the America the Beautiful passes will receive free day use.  Visitors with  the America the Beautiful Access and Senior Passes receive 50% off of camping fees.  

This pass can also be used to enter Federally operated recreation sites across the country. 


For more information on obtaining this pass, please contact the Visitor Center at (276) 629-2703.


For more information about the America the Beautiful Pass program and to order passes through the mail or online, please call 888-ASK USGS, ext 1;  email; or visit