Sacramento District Recreation

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 The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District operates 10 water resource projects with recreation areas in the sunny valleys of California -- from Black Butte Lake in the north to Success Lake in the south. They offer stunning visual contrast -- golden hills to deep blue waters; sites rich in California history; and natural wonders in every season.

Camping, fishing, boating, hiking, bird-watching and a thousand other special family memories await you. We proudly invite you to come and discover (or rediscover) your Sacramento District recreation areas.

  Current Status  

All day use facilities, campgrounds, visitor centers and project offices are open to the public.

Camping reservations can be made now through

  Recreation Area Info & Fees  

The Corps of Engineers participates in the America the Beautiful-Federal Recreational Lands Pass Series. The series includes the; Annual Pass, Every Kid Outdoors Pass available to 4th graders, Annual Senior Pass, Lifetime Senior Pass, Lifetime Access Pass, Volunteer Pass, and Military Pass. Be sure to pick up your America the Beautiful pass at any of our Corps projects as the money is directly invested back into the facilities to improve your recreational experience. Get more details about the pass series here.

The Annual Pass is $80, and you will have access to all of your favorite Corps recreation areas and participating federal agencies public lands. The Annual Pass is good for one year from the date of purchase.

Individuals 62 years and older have the choice of purchasing an Annual Senior Pass for $20 which is good for one year from the date of purchase, or a Lifetime Senior Pass for $80, which does not expire. Senior and Access Pass holders also receive a 50 percent discount on campsites at Corps-managed campgrounds.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers also sells their Corps Annual Pass for $40. The Corps Annual Pass gives unlimited access to day-use areas at any Corps project and is good for one year from the date of purchase.

There are standard fees for visitors to use day-use facilities and campgrounds in the Corps Sacramento District projects. A single day use fee of $5 per day is charged in most day-use recreation areas.

2024 Fee-Free Days 
Birthday of Martin Luther King Jr.:  15 January 2024
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s Birthday:  16 June 2024
Juneteenth National Independence Day:  19 June 2024
National Public Lands Day:  28 September 2024
Veterans Day:  11 November 2024

Camping fees vary by campground and campsite amenities. Paid campers do not need to pay an additional day-use fee. Regardless of the fee or recreation area, always display your permit or receipt showing proof of payment when there is a fee in place.

  Camping Reservations 

  Fun & Games for Kids
  Additional Information

Corps Recreation Across our Nation

Volunteer at a Corps Recreation Area

State Hunting & Fishing Regulations

Recreation on Federal Lands

Project Documents:
Rules and Regulations: Title 36 - Parks, Forests, and Public Property Chapter III - U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Part 327 - Rules and regulations governing public use of Water Resources Development Projects administered by the Chief of Engineers.