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Posted 12/15/2015

Release no. 15-013

Carol Labashosky

LOUISVILLE, KY. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) will begin issuing America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Interagency Passes Jan. 1, 2016 at its lakes’ recreation projects. The Army Corps of Engineers Louisville District lakes are in Kentucky, Indiana, and eastern Ohio.

Currently, USACE accepts the Interagency Senior and Access passes at its recreation projects, but is not allowed to issue the passes. The Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014 granted the Secretary of the Army the authority to participate fully in the America the Beautiful Interagency Pass Program.

Beginning around January 1, 2016, visitors to most of the Louisville District’s lake recreation projects will be able to purchase or obtain the following interagency recreation passes:

  • Interagency Senior Pass 
  • Interagency Access Pass
  • Interagency Annual Pass
  • Interagency Military Pass
  • Interagency Every Kid in a Park 4th Grade Pass
  • Interagency Volunteer Pass

These passes allow their holders free access to boat launches and swimming beaches managed by USACE. The senior and access America the Beautiful passes also provide holders a 50 percent discount on campsites at USACE-managed campgrounds. Additionally, USACE will continue to issue its own annual day use pass, which allows visitors free access to boat launches and swimming beaches managed by USACE.

Additionally, the Interagency Pass Program allows each of the federal agencies to retain and reinvest revenues collected from the sale of passes at the project level. USACE plans to reinvest its revenues at the projects where the fees are collected. 

For information on the America the Beautiful passes, visit http://store.usgs.gov/pass/annual.html, or phone 1-888-275-8747, option 3.

The Louisville District projects that will issue the passes are: Nolin River Lake, Barren River Lake, Green River Lake, Rough River Lake, Monroe Lake, Cecil M. Harden Lake, Cagles Mill Lake, Patoka Lake, Caesar Creek Lake, William H. Harsha Lake, C.J. Brown Dam and Reservoir, Brookville Lake, Buckhorn Lake, Carr Creek Lake, and Cave Run Lake.

USACE is the nation’s largest federal provider of outdoor recreation with 90 percent of these recreation areas within 50 miles of metropolitan areas. For more information on USACE recreation sites and activities, visit www.CorpsLakes.us. You may also call the local Corps lake staff for info on the passes.