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September 28, 2012

Army Corps of Engineers waives day-use fees for National Public Lands Day

Pella — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced today that it will waive day-use fees at its more than 2,400 USACE-operated recreation areas nationwide in recognition of National Public Lands Day, Sept. 29. On this day, fees normally charged at boat launch ramps and swimming beaches will be waived. USACE does not charge entrance fees to its parks.

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 following Corps recreation areas within the Rock Island District will participate in the waiver:

At Coralville Lake - Fees waived at Sandy Beach, Sugar Bottom beach and day use area, West Overlook day use area, and Mehaffey boat ramp.

At Lake Red Rock -- Beaches are closed. Fees waived at day use boat ramps including South Overlook, Wallaschuck, Marina Cove, Howell Station and Whitebreast.

At Saylorville Lake -- No beaches open. Fees waived at day use boat ramps including Cherry Glen, Lakeview and Sandpiper.

On the Mississippi River - Fee waived at boat ramps including Grant River, Blanding Landing, Pleasant Creek, Big Slough, Thomson Causeway, Cattail Slough, Clark's Ferry, Lock and Dam 13 and Shady Creek.

In addition, volunteers who participate in one of USACE's National Public Lands Day activities will be issued a fee-free coupon if the volunteer site is participating in the coupon program. Volunteers should check with the local USACE event manager for more information. The fee-free coupon is valid for one year from date of issue and may be used for one day of entrance or day-use fees at any participating federal agency park, forest or recreation area that charges either of these types of fees. For more information on the fee-free day and coupons visit http://www.publiclandsday.org/highlights/fee-free-day-and-coupons.

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