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

Southwestern Division
Published Oct. 29, 2020
Updated: Oct. 29, 2020

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Southwestern Division announced today that it will waive day use fees at its more than 1,200 USACE-operated recreation areas within the region in observance of Veterans Day, November 11.

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.

Visitors are encouraged to contact USACE lake and river projects before visiting to ensure recreation areas are open. The status of USACE-managed campgrounds, boat ramps and swimming beaches and other sites is available at Visitors can also find the latest opening information for each state at the websites below.






While visiting USACE recreation areas, visitors are encouraged to practice social distancing and other COVID-19 safety precautions required and recommended by local, state and federal authorities, to include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC guidance on visiting parks and recreation facilities can be found online at

USACE 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.

The Southwestern Division, as part of USACE, one of the leading federal providers of outdoor and water-based recreation, hosts millions of visits annually to its 119 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. 

To discover a USACE recreation site nearest you, please visit, or                                                                

Edward Rivera
(469) 487-7025

Release no. 20-049