Corps of engineers waives recreation site fees for military

Courtesy photo Service members vacationing in the states can use U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-managed  recreation sites without charge.
Courtesy photo
Service members vacationing in the states can use U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-managed
recreation sites without charge.

WASHINGTON — Service members assigned to the KMC who are planning stateside moves or vacations this summer have free use of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-managed recreation sites. The corps recently announced it will continue to accept the America the Beautiful Federal Recreation Pass Program’s Interagency Annual Pass for Military (military pass) at its more than 2,500 locations nationwide.

Initiated last year, service men and women — Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and activated National Guard and Reserves — and their dependents who present the Interagency Military Pass will receive a fee waiver to USACE-managed day-use areas (boat launches and swimming areas).

The Military Pass, which is free, may be obtained in person at U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Reclamation, Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service facilities.

Additional information on the Federal Recreation Pass Program is available at

Military members and their dependents may also present a Department of Defense identification card or Common Access Card to receive the day-use fee waiver at USACE-managed day-use areas.

In a separate effort, USACE will continue to waive camping fees for active-duty military members and their dependents on mid- or post-deployment leave from duty in a hostile fire zone, including Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and other deployments in support of overseas contingency operations.

To qualify for a camping fee waiver at a USACE-managed campground, a member or dependent must present the Interagency Military Pass or CAC and a copy of their mid- or post-deployment (reintegration) leave orders.

Camping fees are waived on a walk-up and space available basis, as well as for reservations made through the National Recreation

Reservation Service call center at 1-877-444-6777. However, fees will not be waived for online reservations made through the online website.

Acceptance of USACE fee waivers is encouraged, but not required, at the more than 1,800 nationwide recreation areas managed by other entities on USACE lands.

“Our military service members and their families sacrifice so much for our country. The waiver of day-use fees at USACE lakes and recreation areas will make it easier and more affordable for them to get to the great outdoors with their families and relax,” said Maj. Gen. Michael J. Walsh, USACE deputy commanding general for civil and emergency operations.

(Courtesy of USACE)