Army Corps of Engineers waives day use fees at recreation areas on Veterans Day

Published Nov. 7, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will waive day use fees for veterans, active and reserve-component Service members, and their families at the Albuquerque District recreation sites listed below and the more than 2,200 Corps of Engineers-operated recreation areas nationwide on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

The waiver covers fees for boat launch ramps. The waiver does not apply to camping and camping-related services, or fees for specialized facilities such as group picnic shelters. USACE does not charge an entrance fee to access its parks. Other agencies that manage recreation areas on USACE lands are encouraged, but not required, to offer the waiver in the areas that they manage.

"We first began the Veterans Day fee waiver in 2006 as a way to honor the men and women who have served our nation and the armed forces," said James R. Hannon, USACE Chief of Operations in Washington, D.C.

"We invite veterans, active and reserve service members, and their families this Veterans Day to launch a boat or just spend some time together enjoying the outdoors free of charge," added Hannon.

USACE is the nation’s largest federal provider of outdoor and water-based recreation hosting more than 370 million visits annually to its 404 lakes and river projects.

Below is a list of the Corps-operated projects in New Mexico and southern Colorado.

Abiquiu Lake, NM:

Cochiti Lake, NM:

Conchas Lake, NM: 

Galisteo Dam, NM:

Jemez Canyon Dam, NM:

John Martin Reservoir, CO:

Santa Rosa Lake, NM:

Trinidad Lake, CO:

Two Rivers Dam, NM:


For more information on Albuquerque District recreation opportunities visit:


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Elizabeth Lockyear

Release no. 14-011