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USACE waives day use fees at recreation areas on Veterans Day

SAW Public Affairs
Published Oct. 30, 2014

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

   WILMINGTON, N.C. (Oct. 30, 2014) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will waive day use fees for veterans, active and reserve-component Service members, and their families at the more than 2,200 Corps of Engineers-operated recreation areas nationwide on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.  

 This includes Corps of Engineers managed recreation areas at the Wilmington District’s  lakes and dams; Jordan, Falls, W. Kerr Scott in N.C., and Philpott and John H. Kerr in Virginia.

 The fee waiver requires only verbal confirmation of service. 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 such as group picnic shelters. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, or USACE, does not charge an entrance fee to access its parks. Other agencies that manage recreation areas on USACE lands are encouraged, but not required, to offer the waiver in the areas that they manage. 
  The Corps of Engineers first began the Veterans Day fee waiver in 2006 to honor the nation’s veterans and armed forces, said Daniel Brown, Chief of Lakes for the Wilmington District.

   "We would really be privileged to have our nation’s veterans, active and reserve-component  Service members, and their families visit one of our lakes this Veterans Day,” said Brown.  “We want them to enjoy our boat launch ramps and swimming beaches free of charge.”

 USACE is the nation's largest federal provider of outdoor and water-based recreation hosting more than 370 million visits annually to its 404 lakes and river projects. To discover a USACE recreation site nearest you, please visit