USACE waives day use fees at recreation areas in observance of Corps birthday and Juneteenth


 (June 12, 2024) - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced that it will waive day use fees at its more than 2,850 USACE-operated recreation areas nationwide in observance of the USACE birthday, June 16, and Juneteenth National Independence Day, June 19.

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 (group picnic shelters) and events. Other agencies or vendors that manage recreation areas on USACE lands are encouraged, but not required, to offer the waiver in the areas that they manage.

The Nashville District welcomes nearly 23 million visitors a year to its 10 lakes, 281 recreation areas and 1,760 campsites at 25 campgrounds.

These lakes include Lake Barkley, Lake Cumberland, Laurel River Lake, and Martins Fork Lake in Kentucky; Cheatham Lake, J. Percy Priest Lake, Old Hickory Lake, Cordell Hull Lake, and Center Hill Lake in Tennessee; and Dale Hollow Lake in both Kentucky and Tennessee.

"This is a great opportunity to invite community members out to use our day use recreational sites at no cost as we celebrate our Corps' birthday and the Juneteenth holiday,” said USACE Nashville District Commander Lt. Col. Robert Green. “As always, we want to remind our visitors of the importance of water safety and to encourage everyone to wear their life jackets when on the water."

USACE also offers other fee-free days throughout the year to mark days of celebration and commemoration, including Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Veterans Day, and National Public Lands Day.

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