WASHINGTON, D.C. --
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced today that it will waive day use fees normally charged at boat launch ramps and swimming beaches at its recreation areas nationwide in recognition of National Public Lands Day (NPLD) on Saturday, Sept. 25.
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.
In addition, USACE welcomes volunteers to continue the annual tradition of public service by participating in NPLD events, which will be held both virtually and in-person where possible and with COVID-19 safety precautions in place.
Volunteers who participate in one of USACE’s NPLD in-person activities will be issued a fee-free coupon if the volunteer site is participating in the coupon program. Volunteers should check with their local USACE project for more information. The fee-free coupon is valid for one year from the date of issuance and may be used for one day of entrance or day use fees at any participating federal agency’s park, forest or recreation area that charges either of these types of fees.
Thousands of volunteers are expected to support the more than 60 USACE projects participating in this year’s National Public Lands Day, the largest annual volunteer hands-on restoration activity of its kind. Last year 2,400 volunteers served 8,300 hours on USACE-managed lands, removing 16,000 pounds of trash, cleaning 369 miles of roadways and shoreline, maintaining 44 miles of trails, improving 76 acres of habitat, and engaging 65 partner organizations.
USACE has been involved with National Public Lands Day since its inception in 1994 and has consistently been one of the event’s largest providers of sites and volunteers. USACE manages more than 400 lake and river projects in 43 states. With 90 percent of these projects located within 50 miles of metropolitan areas, USACE sites provide a wide range of safe and affordable outdoor recreation opportunities close to home.
There are so many opportunities for you to take part in National Public Lands Day at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District Lakes and Lands!
Come join us at Wright Patman Lake (https://www.neefusa.org/npld/wright-patman-lake-spillway-park/national-public-lands-day-disk-golf-fairway-clean). Volunteers will participate in moving brush and limbs out of the fairways of the new disk golf course that is currently being built at Spillway Park. Event date and time: Saturday, September 25, 2021 - 8:00am to 4:00pm. Event location: 64 Clear Springs Park, Texarkana, TX 75501. Click here to learn more about Wright Patman Lake: https://www.swf-wc.usace.army.mil/wrightpatman/
Come join us at Whitney Lake (https://www.neefusa.org/npld/whitney-lake/national-public-lands-day) for park Cleanup and tree trimming. Event date and time: Saturday, September 25, 2021 - 10:00am to 1:00pm. Event Location: 283 McCown Valley Park Road, Whitney, TX 76692. Click here to learn more about Whitney Lake: https://www.swf-wc.usace.army.mil/whitney/
Come join us at Waco Lake (https://www.neefusa.org/npld/waco-lake/national-public-lands-day-waco). Keep Waco Beautiful, in partnership with the Fort Worth District & Texas Land Conservancy, is hosting multiple cleanups in and around the lake. Event date and time: Saturday, September 25, 2021 - 8:00am to 11:00am. Event locations: Keohne Park, Twin Bridges Pavilion, and Flat Rock in Waco, TX 76710. Click here to learn more about Waco Lake: https://www.swf-wc.usace.army.mil/waco/
Come join us at Canyon Lake (https://www.neefusa.org/npld/canyon-lake-texas/canyon-lake). We will be working on trails this year shoreline cleanup and lake cleanup. We are also offering a special water safety class after the cleanup provided by a trained member of the U.S. Coast Guard. All registered participants will be allowed to camp in designated locations for the weekend of the event free of charge. Event date and time: Saturday, October 2, 2021 - 9:00am to 2:00pm. Event Location: 125 Mabel Jones Drive, Canyon Lake, TX 78133. Click here to learn more about Canyon Lake: https://www.swf-wc.usace.army.mil/canyon/
Come join us at Lavon Lake. In partnership with the City of Lucas and the Trinity Trail Preservation Association, Lavon Lake invites the public to participate in a National Public Lands Day trail cleanup on Saturday, September 25th starting at 9:00am. We will be recovering trash and flood debris from a 3.5-mile portion of the Trinity Trail between Brockdale Park Trailhead and FM 3286 at Lavon Lake. Interested parties should come to the Brockdale Trailhead at 1625 Brockdale Park Road, Allen, Texas 75002. Remember to wear close-toed shoes and pants. Gloves and trash grabbers will be provided. Click here to learn more about Lavon Lake: https://www.swf-wc.usace.army.mil/lavon/
Click the links for event details and find out more on the NEEF - National Public Lands Day - NPLD website: https://www.neefusa.org/npld
For more information on National Public Lands Day or to find events near you, visit http://www.publiclandsday.org/ or call your local USACE lake or river project office. For more information on USACE recreation opportunities visit www.CorpsLakes.us.