USACE Recreation Fee Changes

Published April 12, 2016

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) in Washington D.C. has implemented changes in the recreation day use fees charged for boat launches and swimming beaches managed by USACE.  These fees were last changed in 2002.

Changes have been made related to day use fees, USACE annual pass fees, America the Beautiful pass sales and America the Beautiful Senior and Access pass usage.

Payment of the day use fee entitles the user to launch a boat or use any developed swimming beach at any USACE-operated recreation area for that day. Day use fee changes are as follows:

- $5.00 will be charged per private non-commercial vehicle.

- $2.00 per adult for walk-in or bike-in.

- $20.00 will be charged per bus or commercial vehicle.

- Children under the age of 16 are not charged a day use fee.

USACE Annual Passes are now $40.00, which permits the holder and accompanying passengers the daily use of facilities managed by USACE for one calendar year. 

America the Beautiful Interagency passes are now being sold at over 240 USACE projects across the country. These include senior, access, annual, military, and Every Kid in a Park passes. The senior and access passes now allow pass holders to utilize USACE day use areas free of charge rather than at a discounted price. Pass holders are still able to use the pass for discounts while camping. Golden Age and Golden Access passports are still valid and may be replaced by America the Beautiful Senior or Access Passes at no cost.

At Lake Red Rock, these passes can be purchased Monday – Friday, 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM at the Lake Red Rock Administration Office (1105 North Highway T-15, Knoxville, Iowa 50138).  The USACE annual passes and the America the Beautiful Senior passes can also be purchased Saturday - Sunday at the Lake Red Rock Visitor Center and at the campground fee booths when they open (late April – thru September).

USACE is the nation’s largest federal provider of outdoor recreation, managing more than 400 lakes and river projects in 43 states and hosting more than 370 million visits per year. With 90 percent of these recreation areas within 50 miles of metropolitan areas, they provide a diverse range of outdoor activities close to home and to people of all ages.


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Release no. 16-018