Army Corps of Engineers waives fees on National Public Lands Day, Sept. 28

Published Sept. 24, 2019
Updated: Sept. 23, 2019

A group of young volunteers spread mulch while creating a Butterfly Garden at Success Lake during National Public Lands Day on September 22, 2018.


SACRAMENTO, California – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will celebrate National Public Lands Day by waiving fees for its day-use recreation areas and hosting volunteers for a number of park improvement projects on Saturday, Sept. 28.

National Public Lands Day is the nation's largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands. For more than two decades, outdoor enthusiasts have come together to improve local recreation areas by helping with landscaping, small construction projects, litter removal and trail maintenance.

Volunteers will receive a coupon for a free day-use admission pass that’s good for a year at any park managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

USACE has been involved with National Public Lands Day since its inception in 1994 and has consistently been one of the event’s largest providers of sites and volunteers.

“National Public Lands Day is such a fun and cool event. Families, friends, park regulars, community groups, they all come out to help make our recreation areas look great for everyone,” said Alicia Kohl, Sacramento District Senior Park Ranger.

Last year, more than 7,500 volunteers served 34,000 hours on USACE-managed lands, removing 51,000 pounds of trash, cleaning 1,100 miles of roadways and shoreline, improving 320 acres of habitat, and engaging 218 partner organizations.

Sacramento District parks participating in this year’s event:

Black Butte Lake - 20 minutes from Orland, Calif.

Buckhorn Recreation Area 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

More information: 530-865-4781


New Hogan Lake - 30 minutes from Jackson, Calif.

Observation Point 8:00 a.m. - noon

More information: 209-772-1343


Stanislaus River Parks - 20 minutes from Oakdale, Calif.

McHenry Avenue Rec Area 8:00 a.m. - noon

More information: 559-784-0215


H.V. Eastman Lake – 30 minutes from Chowchilla, Calif.

South Group Campground 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

More information: 559-673-5151


Pine Flat Lake – 40 minutes from Fresno, Calif.

Island Park Campground 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

More information: 559-787-2589


Lake Kaweah – 25 minutes from Visalia, Calif.

Horse Creek Campground 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

More information: 559-597-2005


Success Lake 15 minutes from Porterville, Calif.

Tule Recreation Area 8:00 a.m. – noon

More information: 559-784-0215


For more information on Sacramento District recreation opportunities visit

Luke Burns

Release no. 19-014