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National Public Lands Day on Sept. 27
Army Corps of Engineers waives fees on National Public Lands Day, Sept. 27
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) will waive day use fees at its more than 2,200 USACE-operated recreation areas nationwide in recognition of National Public Lands Day on Sept. 27. On this day, fees normally charged at boat launch ramps and swimming beaches will be waived.
Published: 9/12/2014
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ trail designated as a National Recreation Trail
The North Slope Trail at Lake Sonoma, in Healdsburg, California, has been designated a national recreation trail by the U.S. Department of the Interior. The trail is managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, San Francisco District and is among 21 trails nationwide designated this year as new national recreation trails.
Published: 7/2/2014

Did you know?

  • The Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) hosts 370 million visits annually to its recreation areas.
  • USACE-managed waters provide 33 percent of all U.S. freshwater fishing.  
  • 53,000 volunteers work 1.9 million hours annually at USACE projects-- providing $43 million in value of service.
  • Seven of the top 10 migratory bird flyways in the U.S. crossover USACE-managed waters.
  • USACE manages 12 million acres of public lands and waters nationwide.
  • A visitor to USACE recreation areas can find 54,800 miles of shoreline; 7,700 miles of trails; 92,800 camp sites and 3,500 boat launch ramps nationally.

Recreation Overview

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is the largest provider of water-based outdoor recreation in the nation.  Its 422 lake and river projects in 43 states provide a diverse range of recreational opportunities. Visitors of all ages can enjoy traditional activities like hiking, boating, fishing, camping and hunting, and for those slightly more adventurous there is snorkeling, windsurfing, whitewater rafting, mountain biking and geo-caching.  Regardless of your favorite outdoor activity one thing is certain, recreation enriches people's lives.  A visit to an Army Corps of Engineers' recreation area can strengthen family ties and friendships; create unforgettable memories and connect people to nature that will last a lifetime.

With more than 90 percent of our recreation areas located within 50 miles of a major metropolitan center, there is a Corps site near you. We invite you to visit us!

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