ROCK ISLAND, Ill. - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is waiving day use fees for veterans, active, reserve and guard service members and their families at its recreation areas on Veterans Day, November 11.
"We began this initiative in 2006 to support and honor the men and women who have served the nation and the armed forces," said Steve Stockton, director of Civil Works for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. "We encourage our veterans, active and reserve component personnel and their families to visit one of our many recreation areas and enjoy their favorite outdoor activities."
The day-use fee waiver requires only verbal confirmation of service. On November 11, day use fees will be waived for veterans, active, reserve and guard service members and their families using the following boat ramps along the Mississippi River: Grant River in Wisconsin; Big Slough, Blanding Landing, Cattail Slough, Lock and Dam 13, and Thomson Causeway, in Illinois; and Clark's Ferry, Pleasant Creek, and Shady Creek in Iowa.
The waiver does not apply to camping and camping-related services or fees for specialized facilities, such as picnic shelters. Other agencies that manage recreation areas on Corps lands are encouraged, but not required to offer the Veterans Day waiver of fees in the areas that they manage.
The Corps is the largest federal provider of outdoor and water-based recreation in the nation and hosts more than 350 million visits each year at its lakes, beaches and other areas. Corps lands and waters provide approximately 4,500 miles of trails, 3,400 boat launch ramps and 33 percent of all U.S. freshwater fishing. To discover the Corps recreation area near you, please visit http://corpslakes.usace.army.
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