SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will begin issuing America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands interagency passes at its parks and lakes beginning Jan. 1, 2016.
The America the Beautiful passes are accepted at all federal recreation areas managed by the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation and the Corps. The America the Beautiful series includes passes for the disabled (Access), seniors, service members, volunteers, 4th graders and the general annual pass for everyone else.
The annual pass costs $80 and covers entrance fees and standard amenities like swimming areas and boat launches for all passengers in a personal vehicle at per-vehicle areas and up to 4 adults at sites that charge per person.
“This is an outstanding value and a tremendous asset to our visitors,” said Senior District Ranger Jonathan Friedman. “Now for one price, you have access to all of your favorite Corps parks in addition to all the other federal public lands and national parks!”
Individuals 62 years or older can purchase a $10 lifetime senior pass, which does not expire.
All other passes and kids 15 years or younger are free of charge at all federal recreation areas. Senior and access passes holders also receive a 50 percent discount on campsites at Corps-managed campgrounds.
The Interagency Pass Program allows each federal agency to retain and reinvest revenues collected from passes sold at their recreation areas. The Corps will use the funds to improve facilities at the location where they were collected.
The Corps will continue to sell annual passes specifically for their recreation areas as well for $40. The Corps-only pass allows unlimited use of boat launches and swimming areas at Corps lakes and parks.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is the nation’s largest federal provider of outdoor recreation, managing more than 400 lake 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.