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Army Corps of Engineers waives day use fees at recreation areas in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced on Wednesday that it will waive day-use fees at its more than 2,850 USACE-operated recreation areas nationwide in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, January 16.

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 (group picnic shelters) and events. Other agencies that manage recreation areas on USACE lands are encouraged, but not required, to offer the waiver in the areas that they manage.

Visitors are encouraged to contact USACE lake and river projects before visiting to ensure recreation areas are open. The status of USACE-managed campgrounds, boat ramps, swimming beaches, and other sites is available at https://corpslakes.erdc.dren.mil/visitors/states.cfm?state=AR

This is the first year for USACE to implement the MLK Day fee waiver to honor the life and legacy of Dr. King, a national leader of the 1950s-1960s Civil Rights movement who continues to inspire the pursuit of civil rights today. MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities.

USACE also offers other fee-free days throughout the year to mark days of celebration and commemoration, including the USACE birthday; Juneteenth National Independence Day; Veterans Day; and National Public Lands Day.

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USACE is one of the leading federal providers of outdoor and water-based recreation, hosting millions of visits 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 close to home.

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Some of the larger Arkansas lakes managed by the USACE include Lake Ouachita, Greers Ferry Lake, Bull Shoals Lake, and Beaver Lake. To discover all of the USACE recreation sites, please visit the USACE website or visit www.recreation.gov.

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