USACE waives recreation area day use fees June 16 and 19

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District
Published June 7, 2024
Corps, Volunteers Row and Tell at Black Butte Lake

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers park rangers and Wilderness Inquiry volunteers teamed up at Black Butte Lake, California on April 11, 2019 to educate and train nearly 300 students from local elementary schools. Students from Orland’s Fairview and Sierra View elementary schools learned how to safely navigate waterways in canoes and save others from drowning. The youngsters also learned important lessons about natural resources and the culture and history of the lake. Because warm weather at Northern California’s 22 state parks, seven state wildlife areas and nine national forests is drawing an increased number of visitors, rangers emphasized that water safety awareness and training is an important part of preparation for outdoor fun. (U.S. Army photo by Ken Wright)

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will waive day use fees at more than 2,850 USACE-operated recreation areas nationwide in observance of the USACE birthday, June 16, and Juneteenth National Independence Day, June 19.

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, such as group picnic shelters, or events. Other agencies or vendors that manage recreation areas on USACE lands are encouraged, but not required, to offer the waiver in the areas that they manage.

USACE also offers other fee-free days throughout the year to mark days of celebration and commemoration, including Martin Luther King, Jr. 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 visitors annually to its more than 400 lake and river projects. It’s estimated that 90 percent of the USACE-operated recreation areas are within 50 miles of metropolitan areas, offering diverse outdoor activities for all ages near home.

To discover a USACE Sacramento District recreation site nearest you, please visit the district’s website at or


Ken Wright

Release no. 24-009