Veterans get free entry at Corps parks November 11

Published Nov. 4, 2016
Smoke from the Rough Fire in Sequoia National Forest colored the sunset at Lake Kaweah, Aug. 18, 2015. Kaweah is the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District facility near Lemon Cove, Calif. U.S. Army photo by Park Ranger William Spring.

Sunset at Lake Kaweah. Veterans can visit Corps parks like Kaweah on November 11 for free!

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District is continuing its tradition of waiving day use fees for military Veterans, active duty and reserve personnel and their families at all Corps parks on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2016. The fee-waiver is part of a Corps-wide program and features not only Sacramento District’s 10 parks, but more than 2,200 recreation areas nationwide.

"We are honored to have Veterans who have defended our freedom come and enjoy the recreational opportunities we offer at our parks," said Alicia Unsinn, senior district ranger for the Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District.

We take your word for it – The fee waiver works on the honor system. Former or current service members need only verbally confirm their status as a Veteran. The waiver includes boat launch fees and use of swimming beaches, but does not cover camping services or specialized facilities such as group picnic areas.

In honor of you – The Corps has waived the Veterans Day fee every year since 2006 to honor men and women who have served the nation in the U.S. armed forces. Many wounded warriors find that spending time in nature is a valuable part of their rehabilitation from injuries suffered during service and the Corps encourages all Veterans to take advantage of this program.  

Experience your Corps parks – This is a perfect opportunity to experience one of the many park facilities owned and operated by the Corps, the majority of which are within 50 miles of a major metropolitan area. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is the largest provider of federal outdoor recreation in the United States. Visit our parks website at to find the nearest Corps recreation facilities near you.

Paul Bruton

Release no. 16-047