Corps of Engineers celebrates National Public Lands Day, creates habitat

Published Sept. 19, 2013

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) will waive day use fees at its more than 2,400 USACE-operated recreation areas nationwide in recognition of National Public Lands Day on Sept. 28. On this day, fees normally charged at boat launch ramps and swimming beaches will be waived.

The waiver does not apply to camping and camping-related services, or fees for specialized facilities such as group picnic shelters. Other agencies and partners that manage recreation areas located on USACE lands are encouraged, but not required, to comply with this waiver of day use fees in the areas they manage.

The Baltimore District at Jennings Randolph Lake will host their 20th Annual National Public Lands Day event, Sept. 28.  The staff with local Boy Scouts of America and the Friends of Jennings Randolph Lake will add bundled Christmas trees donated for recycling earlier this year to the lake creating cover for fish and enhancing nursery habitat for juvenile fish.  In turn, this will benefit shoreline fishing and overall fish habitat at Jennings Randolph Lake.

Projects like this support President Obama's America’s Great Outdoors Initiative, an effort to promote the conservation of outdoor spaces and reconnect Americans to the outdoors. To locate National Public Lands Day events near you, call your local USACE lake or river office.  For more information on USACE recreation opportunities visit


Tom Craig

Release no. 13-025