Beginning January 1, 2016, the public will be able to
obtain Interagency America the Beautiful passes at the following Pittsburgh
District lakes: East Branch Clarion River Lake, Tionesta Lake, Shenango River
Lake, Berlin Lake, Crooked Creek Lake, Loyalhanna Lake, Conemaugh River Lake,
Youghiogheny River Lake and Tygart Lake. The Water Resources Reform and
Development Act of 2014, signed into law on June 10, 2014, granted the
Secretary of the Army the authority to participate fully in the America the
Beautiful Interagency Pass Program. 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.
These passes, Interagency Senior Pass, Interagency Access
Pass, Interagency Annual Pass, Interagency Military Pass, Interagency Every Kid
in a Park 4th Grade Pass, and Interagency Volunteer Pass covers entrance fees at national parks and
national wildlife refuges as well as standard amenity fees at national forests
and grasslands, lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of
Reclamation and day use fees at U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lakes. A pass
covers those fees for a driver and all passengers in a personal vehicle at per
vehicle fee areas (or up to 4 adults at sites that charge per person). Children
age 15 and under are admitted free. For information on the America the
Beautiful passes including costs and types, visit http://store.usgs.gov/pass/annual.html,
or phone 1-888-275-8747, option 3.
For Pittsburgh District lakes, the Interagency
America the Beautiful pass will allow their holders free access to
Corps-managed boat launches and swimming beaches. The senior and access America
the Beautiful passes (and Golden Age/Access Passport) also provide holders a 50
percent discount on campsites and related campground fees at Corps-managed
campgrounds. Passes will not be replaced if lost or stolen.
Additional information on Federal Recreation Passport Programs, including information on how to obtain a pass, can be found on the Corps Lakes Gateway at http://corpslakes.usace.army.mil/visitors/passes.cfm or through the Federal Lands Recreation web portal at http://www.recreation.gov and at http://store.usgs.gov/pass.