Many Army Corps of Engineers recreation areas, including day-use parks and boat launching facilities (not including campgrounds), charge fees up to $5.00 daily. Annual passes for those recreation areas are available at your local Project Management Office and some parks for $40.00.
Holders of an America the Beautiful Senior Pass, America the Beautiful Access Pass, Golden Age Pass or Golden Access Pass are no longer required to purchase annual passes or pay at the honor vault. Owners of the passes must display them in clear hang tags, which can be obtained from your local Project Management Office and some day-use parks.
Annual passes are good for one calendar year from the month they are purchased. For example, a pass purchased in February will be valid through February. Annual passes allow entry to Corps-operated recreation areas, but do not allow entry to campgrounds. Passes are hangtags that are typically hung from the rearview mirror. A sticker is available for open-type vehicles, such as motorcycles or jeeps.
America the Beautiful Senior & Access Passes
The America the Beautiful Senior and Access Passes replaced the Golden Passport Program on December 31, 2006. Golden Passports are still honored at Corps recreation sites, but are no longer be issued by the Corps. The Corps honors the America the Beautiful Senior and Access passes, and is now authorized to issue them. America the Beautiful Passes may also be obtained from other federal land managing agency facilities including those run by the USGS, U.S. Forest Service, the National Park Service, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Questions about America the Beautiful passes and how to purchase them are found on the USGS website.