USACE waives day use fees at recreation areas in observance of Veterans Day

Published 7:30 pm Tuesday, November 6, 2018

MOBILE, Ala. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced that it will waive day-use fees at its more than 2,800 USACE-operated recreation areas nationwide in observance of Veterans Day, on Nov. 11 and 12.

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 that manage recreation areas on USACE lands are encouraged, but not required, to offer the waiver in the areas that they manage.

“This Veterans Day we will continue the valued tradition of honoring our Veterans, active and reserve service members, and their families with an invitation to visit one of the thousands of USACE recreation sites throughout the country, free of charge,” said Col. Sebastien P. Joly, commander of USACE Mobile District. 

“This year we extend this invitation of a fee waiver on Nov. 11 and 12 to all visitors.”

USACE is one of the nation’s federal leaders in providing outdoor and water-based recreation, hosting millions of visits annually to its more than 400 lake and river projects. It’s estimated that 90 percent of the USACE-operated recreation areas are within 50 miles of metropolitan areas, offering diverse outdoor activities for all ages close to home.

USACE Mobile District manages more than a half million acres of land and water at 12 natural resources projects located throughout Alabama, Georgia, Florida and Mississippi.

For more information, visit and click Mobile District Recreation to find a

Mobile District managed USACE lake project near you; or go to to locate any USACE recreation site in the U.S. 

For information on the recreation passes accepted at USACE sites, visit