USACE waives day use fees at recreation areas in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Little Rock District - USACE
Published Jan. 5, 2024
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced today that it will waive day use fees at its more than 2,850 USACE-operated recreation areas nationwide in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Jan. 15.

The waiver covers fees for boat launch ramps and swim beaches. The waiver does not apply to camping and camping-related services or fees for specialized facilities and events. Other entities that manage recreation areas on USACE lands are encouraged, but not required, to offer the waiver in areas they manage.

Visitors should contact USACE projects before visiting to ensure recreation areas are open. The status of USACE-managed campgrounds, boat ramps, swim beaches and other sites is available at

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

USACE is one of the leading federal providers of outdoor and water-based recreation, hosting millions of visits annually to its more than 400 lake and river projects. It’s estimated that 90 percent of USACE-operated recreation areas are within 50 miles of metropolitan areas, offering diverse outdoor activities for all ages.

To find a USACE recreation site near you, please visit or  Additional recreation information can be found on the Internet at, on Facebook at and on X (Twitter) at

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Release no. 24-002