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Army Corps of Engineers waives fees and invites volunteers to participate in National Public Lands Day, Sept. 23

Pittsburgh District
Published Sept. 19, 2023

Luke Losey fishes with his dog, Milo, on the East Branch Clarion River Lake in Wilcox, Pennsylvania, May 1, 2021. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony followed by an open house event at the East Branch Clarion River Lake on May 27. The reopening celebrates the dam’s return to normal operations and its continued ability to reduce floods, improve downstream water quality and supports the environmental ecosystem. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District photo by Michel Sauret)

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced today that it will waive day-use fees typically charged at boat launch ramps and swimming beaches at its recreation areas nationwide in recognition of National Public Lands Day (NPLD) on Saturday, Sept. 23.

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 operate.

USACE welcomes volunteers to continue the annual tradition of public service by participating in NPLD events. Within the Pittsburgh District region, the following recreation areas are having events on Saturday, Sept. 23:

  • Belin Lake (330-654-0865) – 7400 Bendell Road, Berlin Center, OH, at 9 a.m.
  • Loyalhanna Lake (724-639-9013) – 440 Loyalhanna Dam Road, Saltsburg, PA, at 8:30 a.m.
  • Mahoning Creek Lake (814-257-8811) – 145 Dam Site Road, New Bethlehem, PA, from 10 – 11:45 a.m.
  • Shenango River Lake (724-962-7746) – 2442 Kelly Road, Hermitage, PA, at 9 a.m.
  • Stonewall Jackson Lake (304-269-4588) – 1012 Skin Creek Road, Weston, WV, from 9 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Tionesta Lake (814-755-3512) – 477 Spillway Road, Tionesta, PA, at 11 a.m.
  • Tygart Lake (304-265-1760) – 530 Paul E. Malone Road, Grafton, WV, at 9 a.m.
  • Youghiogheny River Lake (814-395-3242) – 497 Flanigan Road, Confluence, PA, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Volunteers participating in one of USACE’s NPLD in-person activities will be issued a fee-free coupon if the volunteer site participates in the coupon program. Volunteers should check with their local USACE project for more information. The fee-free coupon is valid for one year from the date of issuance. The coupon holder may also use it for one day of entrance or day-use fees at any participating federal agency’s park, forest or recreation area that charges either of these fees.

Thousands of volunteers are expected to support the more than 60 USACE projects participating in this year’s National Public Lands Day, the largest annual volunteer hands-on restoration activity of its kind. Last year 6,990 volunteers served 26,000 hours on USACE-managed lands, removing 86,394 pounds of trash, cleaning 852 miles of roadways and shoreline, maintaining 90 miles of trails, improving 1,044 acres of habitat, and engaging 270 partner organizations.

USACE has been involved with National Public Lands Day since its inception in 1994 and has consistently been one of the event’s largest providers of sites and volunteers. USACE manages more than 400 lake and river projects in 43 states. With 90 percent of these projects located within 50 miles of metropolitan areas, USACE sites provide a wide range of safe and affordable outdoor recreation opportunities close to home.

For more information on National Public Lands Day or to find events near you, visit or call your local USACE lake or river project office. For more information on USACE recreation opportunities visit

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Chick Lock

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