Read Me Before Your Trip

Continue to follow CDC Guidance related to COVID-19 and remember these essentials. 

Visitor Centers operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are now open at Falls, B. Everett Jordan, W. Kerr Scott, Philpott, and John H. Kerr Lakes.  Each location has a slightly different plan to reduce public exposure while inside of their Visitor Centers.  Check out each lakes Facebook page or contact us for more information.

Be prepared with enough drinking water, snacks, sunscreen, and bug spray.  Keep alert for signs of heat related illnesses.  Keep in mind, parking lots often fill up so bring enough supplies for the length of your outing.

Make wearing life jackets a top priority for all ages when visiting the lake.  Know and understand the differences between swimming in a pool and swimming in a lake.  They're much different! Watch for steep drop offs, hidden objects below the surface, boat traffic and more. The best place to swim is at a designated swimming area.  If you need help finding a place, give us a call!

Respect the limitations of everyone in your group - Swimming to an object in the lake, is often farther than it appears.  Learn more about the 7 Deadly Swims.

Before your boating adventure, perform a safety check of your vessel.  It is your responsibility to ensure that you have all the required equipment on board such as life jackets, a throwable device, certificate of number (state registration), fire extinguisher, visual distress signals, sound producing devices, and any additional items  required by Federal and state laws (NC & VA).  Check your engine, ventilation, backfire flame arrestor, electrical systems, and trailer before you go too!

Last, please wear a life jacket when on or near the water!  Very good swimmers have drowned in the lakes you're planning to visit.  If you've forgotten your life jackets, there are free loaner ones available. 

Take care and be safe!  Make wearing  life jackets a new family tradition!



District Operations Leadership wearing life jackets by the water.

Did you purchase a pass? It may still be good at USACE locations.

Expiration dates will be extended by 7 months for USACE Annual Day Use or America the Beautiful passes purchased or obtained between April 1, 2019 through March 31, 2020.  See rolling extension timetable to determine your expiration date. 

*Extensions for the America the Beautiful Passes are only valid at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' recreation areas.

Planning an upcoming trip? 

Passes are available at some U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' gate houses this spring and summer at John H. Kerr, Philpott, and W. Kerr Scott lakes.  Jordan and Falls Lake are working to restore pass sales at the Visitor Centers.  Before you visit, call the Visitor Center to check availability.

Many America the Beautiful Passes including the Annual, Senior Annual, Senior Lifetime, and Access passes can be ordered online from the USGS Store. 

USGS Store 



Rolling Extension Timetable


  • The expiration dates of USACE Annual Passes that were issued during the period of April 1, 2019 through March 31, 2020 will be extended by 7 months.


USACE will extend the expiration of dates of America the Beautiful Passes for 7 months as well according to the chart below.

Table 1 – Rolling Extension Timetable for Passes Issued ***

If Pass was issued in the month of:

Then pass would normally expire:

With Seven month extension, the new expiration date would be:

April 2019

April 30, 2020

November 30, 2020

May 2019

May 31, 2020

December 31, 2020

June 2019

June 30, 2020

January 31, 2021

July 2019

July 31, 2020

February 28, 2021

August 2019

August 31, 2020

March 31, 2021

September 2019

September 30, 2020

April 30, 2021

October 2019

October 31, 2020

May 31, 2021

November 2019

November 30, 2020

June 30, 2021

December 2019

December 31, 2020

July 31, 2021

January 2020

January 31, 2021

August 31, 2021

February 2020

February 28, 2021

September 30, 2021

March 2020

March 31, 2021

October 31, 2021

April 2020

Pass sales suspended until further notice (currently 1 Oct 2020)

Current As day use fees resume at Corps operated areas, look for options to purchase the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Annual Pass or opportunities to purchase/obtain an America the Beautiful pass.


Table 2 –Type of AtB Pass and Standards for Extensions

Type of Pass


Time Period

Interagency AtB Passes:





7 months

Senior Annual


7 months



7 months



7 months

Senior Lifetime







To make a reservation at a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' campground, visit the website below or download the app.


Keep in Touch

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