Military Corps of Engineers waives day use charges at recreation areas in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day


WASHINGTON- The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) today announced that it will waive day-use fees at its more than 2,850 USACE-operated recreation areas across the country in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on January 16.

The waiver covers boat ramp and swimming beach fees. The waiver does not apply to camping and camping-related services or fees for special facilities (group picnic accommodation) and events. Other agencies that administer recreational areas on USACE lands are encouraged, but not required, to offer the exemption in the areas they administer.

Visitors are encouraged to contact USACE Lake and River Projects prior to visiting to ensure the recreation areas are open. The status of USACE administered campgrounds, boat ramps, swimming beaches, and other locations is available at

This is the first year that USACE is introducing the MLK Day fee waiver to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King, a national leader in the civil rights movement of the 1950s-1960s who continues to inspire civil rights efforts today. MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated Service Day to encourage all Americans to volunteer for the betterment of their communities.

USACE also offers other toll-free days throughout the year to mark holidays and memorials, including the USACE Anniversary; 16th National Independence Day; Veterans Day; and National Public Lands Day.

USACE is one of the premier federal providers of outdoor and water recreation, hosting millions of visitors annually to its more than 400 lake and river projects. It is estimated that 90 percent of USACE-operated recreation areas are within 50 miles of metropolitan areas and offer a variety of outdoor activities for all ages close to home.

To locate a USACE Recreation Location near you, please visit the USACE website at or visit

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