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Posted 10/29/2013

Release no. 13-055

Eric Hamilton

PORTLAND, Ore. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced today that it will waive day-use fees for veterans, active and reserve component service members, and their families at the more than 2,400 USACE-operated recreation areas nationwide on Veterans Day, November 11.


The fee waiver is a small, but special way to express our gratitude and appreciation for U.S. veterans, members of the U.S. armed forces and their families. It also supports the goals of President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors and First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move Outside” initiatives.


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. USACE does not charge an entrance fee to access its parks.


The U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management are also honoring veterans and service members by waiving fees at most day-use recreation sites over Veterans Day weekend, along with the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Bureau of Reclamation.


Information about local recreation sites managed by the Forest Service, BLM and USACE is at:

USACE first began the Veterans Day fee waiver in 2006 as a way to honor the men and women who have served our nation and the armed forces.


"We invite our veterans, active and reserve service members, and their families this Veterans Day to launch a boat, swim at one of our beaches, or just spend some time together enjoying America’s great outdoors free of charge,” said James R. Hannon, USACE Chief of Operations in Washington, D.C.


Hosting more than 370 million visits annually to 422 lake and river projects, USACE is the largest federal provider of outdoor and water-based recreation in the nation. The more than 2,400 USACE-operated recreation areas nationwide offer a diverse range of outdoor activities to people of all ages, and it’s estimated that 90 percent are within 50 miles of metropolitan areas. To discover the USACE recreation site nearest you, please visit http://corpslakes.usace.army.mil/visitors/visitors.cfm

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