The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced today that it will waive day user fees at its more than 2,400 USACE-operated recreational areas nationwide in recognition of National Public Lands Day, September 28. On this day, fees normally charged at boat launch ramps and swimming beaches will be waived.
The waiver does not apply to camping and camping-related services, or fees for specialized facilities such as group picnic shelters. Other agencies and partners that manage recreational areas located on USACE lands are encouraged, but not required, to comply with this waiver of day user fees in the areas they manage.
In Mississippi, day user fees are being waived only on September 28, at the four Corps lakes in north Mississippi, namely, Arkabutla, Enid, Grenada and Sardis, in recognition of National Public Lands Day.
In Arkansas, day user fees are being waived only on September 28, at the three Corps lakes, namely, DeGray, Greeson, and Lake Ouachita, in recognition of National Public Lands Day.
USACE has been involved with National Public Lands Day since its inception in 1994 and has consistently been one of the event’s largest providers of sites and volunteers. As the nation’s leading federal provider of outdoor and water-based recreation, USACE manages 422 lakes and river projects in 43 states.
The 68,000 square-mile Vicksburg District has 15 recreational sites in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi that host approximately nine million visitors annually. These visitors support nearly 2700 jobs, and impact the local economies with approximately $200 million annually.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is the steward of the lands and waters at Corps water resources projects. Its Natural Resources Management mission is to manage and conserve those natural resources, consistent with the ecosystem management principles, while providing quality public outdoor recreation experiences to serve the needs of present and future generations.
To locate National Public Lands Day events near you, visit http://www.publiclandsday.org/ or call your local USACE lake or river office. www.CorpsLakes.us.