Category: Legislative Alert

 Feb 1st, 2024 by sworrall 

Modified Feb 1st, 2024 at 9:15 AM


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is one of the nation’s largest federal outdoor recreation providers, managing nearly 257,000 facilities across 43 states. Visitors to these sites can enjoy recreational activities like fishing, boating, hiking, camping and hunting.

Surprisingly, unlike National Park and U.S. Forest Service sites, local USACE site managers cannot retain revenue from fees collected onsite. In other words, fees collected at a given site do not necessarily support the operations and maintenance of that site.

Fortunately, a bill called the Lake Access Keeping Economies Strong Act (LAKES Act) has been introduced in Congress to correct this. The LAKES Act would allow the USACE to retain 80% of recreation fees collected onsite and includes other benefits that should improve access to fishing opportunities and infrastructure like boat ramps and other facilities.

Tell your Members of Congress to support the LAKES Act today!

More like this