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Day use fees at Corps of Engineers recreation areas waived on MLK Day

Day use fees at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) operated recreations areas across the country are being waived on Monday, Jan. 15, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

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. More information can be found at

The MLK Day fee waiver began in 2023 to honor the life and legacy of Dr. King. MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities.

USACE also offers other fee-free days throughout the year to mark days of celebration and commemoration, including the USACE birthday; Juneteenth National Independence Day; Veterans Day; and National Public Lands Day.

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