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Program Summary

1958 Public Law 85-470 established the Outdoor Recreation Resources Review Commission (ORRRC) to study the outdoor recreation resources of the public land and water areas of the United States.
1962 The ORRRC called for Use Fees for those recreational activities that involve exclusive use of facilities or that require the construction of specialized facilities by the government.
1964 The Land and Water Conservation Fund Act (Public Law 85-578) authorized Federal agencies, including the Corps of Engineers, to designate recreation areas for which entrance, admission, and other types of fees could be charged. It authorized fees on either an annual or single-visit basis for admission to any designated outdoor recreation area. Those fees allowed only for entry into an area. The use of special sites, facilities, equipment, or services required an additional fee.
1968 The Flood Control Act of 1968 (Public Law 90-483) provided specific guidance on the Corps of Engineers use fee program including the prohibition of entrance fees after 31 March 1970.
1983 The Corps of Engineers, Nashville District, developed a reservation service available for a separate campground reservation fee.
1985 The President's Commission on Americans Outdoors was established to review existing outdoor recreation policies, programs, and opportunities.
1987 The President's Commission on Americans Outdoors recommended that local, state, and federal recreation and resource management agencies should "charge visitors fees to supplement regular appropriations, with the objective of recovering a reasonable portion of operation and maintenance cost."
1987 The Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987 (Public Law 100-203) amended the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act to require that recreation use fees previously deposited into the Land and Water Conservation Fund be deposited into a special account for each agency as established by the U.S. Treasury.
1996 The Water Resources Development Act of 1996 directed the Secretary of the Army to put increased emphasis on recreation opportunities at Corps projects and directed the Secretary to evaluate an alternative to the $25 annual pass, to include a $10 annual fee alternative on a test basis at recreation facilities at Raystown Lake, PA.
1996 Public Law 104-333 amended the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act of 1964 by establishing the National Recreational Lakes Review Commission to "review the current and anticipated demand for recreational opportunities at Federally-managed man-made lakes and reservoirs and to develop alternatives for enhanced recreational use of such facilities."
1999 The Water Resources Development Act of 1999 (WRDA 99) (Public Law 106-53) gave the Corps authority to retain recreation use fee collections in excess of $34 million from 1999 - 2003 for use in support of the recreation program.
2000 – 2002 Recreation Use Fees Task Force (Mike Carey, Sue Clevenstine, Tommy Hipp, Terry Ramsey) organized in May 2000 for the purpose of developing draft revisions to use fee policy contained in ER 1130-2-550, Chapter 9 - Recreation Use Fees, and EP 1130-2-550, Chapter 9 - Recreation Use Fees. The task force reviewed field comments to the draft, and their work was complete when the revised ER and EP was published effective 14 August 2002.
2004 Entrance Fee Implementation PDT was formed.
2006 The authority to issue Golden Age and Golden Access Passport ended
2015 EC 1130-2-550 New Recreation User Fee Implementation Guidance
2016 Increase in Corps Day Use Fees

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