In honor of Veterans Day, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Savannah District says it will again waive day use fees for all veterans, active and reserve component service members, and their families at Corps-managed recreation areas throughout the Veterans Day holiday weekend.
That weekend falls from November 9 through November 11.
Corps officials say the fee waiver requires only verbal confirmation of service and is applicable at any Corps-operated day use area nationwide.
Locally, the waiver applies to Hartwell Lake and J. Strom Thurmond Lake.
Recreation areas at Richard B. Russell Lake are operated by state and local governments; however, officials say those parks are encouraged, but not required, to offer the fee waiver for the holiday weekend.
The waiver covers fees for USACE-operated boat launch ramps and swimming beaches.
The waiver does not apply to camping and camping-related services, or fees for specialized facilities such as group picnic shelters.
The Corps of Engineers does not charge an entrance fee to access its parks.
The Corps of Engineers first began the Veterans Day fee waiver in 2006 as a way to honor the men and women who have served the nation and the armed forces.
Corps of Engineers Natural Resources Specialist Joe Melton said that the Corps is incredibly thankful to all veterans, active and reserve military members, and their families for their loyalty and selfless service to our nation, adding that the Corps is honored to provide a fee waiver for not just Veterans Day, but for the entire Veterans Day weekend in support of the nation’s heroes.