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USACE Tenn-Tom Waterway To Accept Electronic Payments Only At Recreation Sites

US Army Corps of Engineers - Mobile District
Published Dec. 13, 2019

  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mobile District at the Tennessee-Tombigbee   Waterway Project in Columbus, Mississippi, is only accepting credit and debit cards as a form of payment at DeWayne Hayes Day Use Recreation Area and Cochrane Campground effective Dec. 13, 2019, with multiple recreation sites to follow, starting in 2020.

“Depositing yellow user-fee envelopes into a metal vault box will be a process no longer used,” said Ralph Antonelli, natural resource manager at TTW Project. “Electronic operations will give our visitors a secure way to conduct financial transactions, minimizing the potential for loss of funds.”

The projected timeline and locations for credit/debit card only payments are:

Bay Springs Lake:

  • McDougal Boat Ramp                                              March 1, 2020
  • Piney Grove Boat Ramp                                           March 1, 2020
  • Scruggs Boat Ramp                                                   March 1, 2020
  • West Dam Site Boat Ramp                                       March 1, 2020 

Columbus Lake:

  • DeWayne Hayes Day Use Recreation Area            Dec. 13, 2019
  • Stennis East Bank Boat Ramp                                  To Be Announced

 Aliceville Lake:

  • Pickensville Day Use Boat Ramp                              March 1, 2020
  • Raleigh Ryan Boat Ramp                                           TBA

Gainesville Lake:

  • Cochrane Campground                                             Dec. 13, 2019
  • SW Taylor Boat Ramp                                                TBA
  • Vienna Boat Ramp                                                      TBA


Also, starting Jan. 2, 2020, cash will no longer be accepted as a form of payment at the Columbus and Bay Springs TTW Project Management Offices, and the Whitten and Tom Bevill Visitor’s Centers, to purchase Federal Recreation Passes and pavilion rentals.

“Although we will only accept credit/debit cards for payments, fees will remain the same,” said Antonelli.

Visitors will also have the option to purchase a forty-dollar USACE Annual Pass at the machines. The receipt for this purchase will need to be redeemed at Bay Springs or Columbus Site Offices, Tom Bevill Visitor Center, Jamie L. Whitten Historical Center, or at the campgrounds within seven days.

Federal Recreation Passes will also be accepted at those ramps, when properly displayed, including: USACE Annual Pass, America the Beautiful Senior Pass, America the Beautiful Access Pass, or America the Beautiful Annual Pass.

For more information on recreating at TTW Project, call 662-245-5500 or visit


The Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway, affectionately known as the “Tenn-Tom”, is located in the Mobile District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. It joins the Tennessee River in Northeast Mississippi with the old Tombigbee River near Amory, Mississippi. The waterway is 234 miles long and runs from Yellow Creek Port near Pickwick Lake to Demopolis, Alabama. The system features 10 lakes and 10 locks and dams that allow for a shorter navigational route from the interior United States to the Gulf of Mexico. To learn more, call 662-245-5500 or visit  


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Lance D. Davis
109 Saint Joseph Street, Mobile, AL 36602
Public Affairs
109 Saint Joseph Street, Mobile, AL 36602

Release no. 19-052