FEDERAL RECREATION PASSPORT PROGRAM

                      

GOLDEN EAGLE PASSPORT       GOLDEN AGE PASSPORT    GOLDEN ACCESS PASSPORT
                                                        
AREA-SPECIFIC PASS                  FEDERAL DUCK STAMP      HEADQUARTERS

 

Federal
Recreation Fees

 

 

Under provisions of the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act (LWCFA) and Emergency Wetlands Resources Act (EWRA), entering or using facilities or services in some national parks, forests, wildlife refuges or outdoor recreation areas requires payment of entrance fees, use fees, special recreation permit fees, or some combination of these.

Entrance fees are those fees charged for entering designated federal LWCFA, EWRA and Recreational Fee Demonstration areas.  Use Fees are those fees charged for using facilities and services such as campgrounds, swimming sites, boat launch facilities, waterfowl blinds, or cave tours in designated federal LWCFA, EWRA and Recreational Fee Demonstration areas. Special recreation permit fees are those fees charged for specialized uses, such as group activities, recreational events, and use of motorized recreational vehicles in designated federal LWCFA, EWRA and Recreational Fee Demonstration areas.

The money collected is used to provide recreational opportunities.  It also helps in conserving some of the best public lands, waters, and biological resources of our nation.

Fee Demonstration Program: In 1996, the Bureau of Land Management, the National Park Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Forest Service were directed by Congress to implement the Recreational Fee Demonstration Program at up to 100 projects per agency.  This program allows for new or increased entrance fees, user fees, or special recreation fees to be collected.  The majority of the new revenue will remain in the area where it is collected. These funds will be used for repair and rehabilitation of visitor facilities and for improved visitor services.  At the end of the demonstration program in 1999, each agency will provide to Congress a report which evaluates the new fees and includes recommendations for further legislation on recreational fees.  Some of the new demonstration fees may not be subject to the terms of the Golden passports.

 

Entrance Fee
Passes

 

 

There are five congressionally authorized entrance fees passes.  The annual Golden Eagle Passport, and the two lifetime passes, the Golden Age Passport and Golden Access Passport, maybe used at all federally operated areas that charge LWCFA entrance fees.  Annual area-specific passes may be used only at the site in which they are purchased.  The annual Federal Duck Stamp may be used only at national wildlife refuges that charge entrance fees.

These passes provide options to paying entrance fees for every visit.

A private vehicle is defined as any private, noncommercial vehicle, such as: a passenger car, station wagon, pickup camper, or other motor vehicle that is conventionally used for private recreation purposes.  This includes company-owned automobiles and vehicles leased or rented for private recreation purposes.

 

What is it?

              The Golden Eagle Passport               

    
The Golden Eagle Passport is an entrance pass to most national parks, monuments, historic sites, recreation areas, and national wildlife refuges that charge an entrance fee.

The Golden Eagle  Passport admits the pass holder and any accompanying passengers in a private vehicle. Where entry is not by private vehicle, the passport admits the pass holder, spouse, children, and parents.

The Golden Eagle Passport does NOT cover or reduce use fees, such as fees for camping, swimming, parking, boat launching, or cave tours.  It is valid for entrance fees only.

The Golden Eagle Passport is good for a 12-month period starting with the date of purchase and ending the last day of the purchase month one year later.  It permits unlimited entries to all federal entrance fee areas.

Those who plan several visits to federal areas that charge entrance fees may save money by buying the Golden Eagle Passport rather than paying single-visit entrance fees.

    How do I get one?

The Golden Eagle Passport  may be purchased at any federal area where an entrance fee is charged.  

Although it is not replaceable, refundable, or transferable, the Golden Eagle Passport may be purchased as a gift. It must be validated by the signature of the holder.

The Golden Eagle Passports are NOT available from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers or the Bureau of Reclamation.                                                                                              

      

                                                            

What Is It?   

               THE GOLDEN AGE PASSPORT

 

The Golden Age Passport for persons 62 and older is a lifetime entrance pass to most national parks, monuments, historic sites, recreation area, and national wildlife refuges that charge an entrance fee.

The Golden Age Passport admits the pass holder and any accompanying passengers in a private vehicle. Where entry is not by private vehicle, the passport admits the pass holder, spouse, and children.

The Golden Age Passport also provides a 50% discount on federal use fees charged for facilities and services such as camping, swimming, parking, boat launching, and cave tours. Its does not cover or reduce special recreation permit fees or charged by concessioners. 

   How do I get one?

A Golden Age Passport MUST be obtained IN PERSON at any federal area where an entrance fee is charged. There is a one-time $10 processing charge to obtain the Golden Age Passport. It is available only to citizens or permanent residents of the United States who are 62 years old or older. You must show proof of age such as a state driver's license, a birth certificate or a similar document.

In some cases where use fees are charged, the pass holder only will be given the 50% reduction, for example, cave tours, elevator services, or group camping.

The Forest Service requires private concession operators of federally owned campgrounds on national forest lands to provide a 50% discount in the recreation use fee to Golden Age Passport holders.            

                               

What Is It?

              THE GOLDEN ACCESS PASSPORT

         

The Golden Access Passport is a lifetime entrance pass to most national parks, monuments, historic sites, recreation areas, and national wildlife refuges that charge an entrance fee.

The Golden Access Passport admits the pass holder any accompanying passengers in a private vehicle. Where entry is not by private vehicle, the passport admits the pass holder, spouse, and children.

The Golden Access Passport also provides a 50% discount on federal use fees charges for facilities and services such as camping, swimming, parking, boat launching, and cave tours. It does not cover or reduce special recreation permit fee of fees charged by concessioners.

   How do I get one?

A Golden Access Passport MUST be obtained IN PERSON at any federal area where an entrance fee is charged. It is available only to citizens or permanent residents of the United States who have been medically determined to be blind or permanently disabled. You may obtain a Golden  Access Passport by showing proof of medically determined permanent disability or eligibility for receiving benefits under federal law.

In some cases where use fees are charged, the pass holder only will be given the 50% reduction; for example, cave tours, elevator services, or group camping.

The Forest Service requires private concession operators of federally owned campgrounds on national forest lands to provide a 50% discount in the recreation use fee to Golden Age Passport holders.

                                                                      

What Is It?

              AREA-SPECIFIC PASS

 

The area-specific pass is an entrance pass to a specific park, monument, historic site, wildlife refuge, or recreation area in the national park or refuge system that charge an entrance fee.

The area-specific pass admits the permit holder and any accompanying passengers in a private vehicle. Where entry is not by private vehicle, the pass admits the pass holder, spouse, children, and parents.

The area-specific pass is good for a 12-month period starting with the date of purchase and ending the last day of the purchase month one year later. The area-specific pass does not cover or reduce use fees, such as fees for camping, parking, boat launching, or cave tours. It is valid for entrance fees only. It permits unlimited entries only to the specific unit in which it is purchased.

Those who plan visits to other federal areas that charge an entrance fee may save money by buying the Golden Eagle Passport rather than purchasing an area-specific pass or paying individual entrance fees.

   How do I get one?

An area-specific pass may be purchased in person from the National Park Service or U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service unit where it will be honored. The cost of area-specific passes varies by unit. Contact the superintendent or refuge manager of the area for details. 

Although it is not replaceable, refundable, or transferable, the area-specific pass can be purchased as a gift.    

    

What Is It?

              FEDERAL DUCK STAMP

 

The Federal Duck Stamp was authorized in 1934 as a federal permit to hunt waterfowl and as a source of revenue to finance the purchase of wetlands. The Federal Duck Stamp now also serves as an annual entrance pass to national wildlife refuges that charge a LWCFA entrance fee.

The Federal Duck Stamp admits the stamp holder and any accompanying passengers in a private vehicle. Where entry is not by private vehicle, the stamp admits the stamp holder, spouse, children, and parents.

The Federal Duck Stamp does not cover or reduce use fees, such as fees for camping, parking, boat launching, and waterfowl blind rental. It is valid for entrance fees only.

The Federal Duck Stamp is good from July 1 through June 30 of the following year. It permits unlimited entries to all national wildlife refuges that charge a LWCFA entrance fee. It is not valid as an entrance pass outside the national wildlife refuge system.

Those who plan visits to one or more national wildlife refuges that charge a LWCFA entrance fee may save by buying the Federal Duck Stamp rather than paying single-visit entrance fees.

   How do I get one?

The Federal Duck Stamp can be purchased at the Elk County Treasurer's Office, at local post offices and many national wildlife refuges. It may also be purchased for $15.00 plus postage and handling by check, money order---do NOT send cash--MasterCard or VISA from the Federal Duck Stamp Office, or phone 1-888-534-0400, OR the U.S. Postal Service, Philatelic Sales Division, P.O. Box 419636, Kansas City, MO 64179, phone 1-800-782-6724. Although it is not replaceable, refundable, or transferable, the Federal Duck Stamp can be purchased as a gift. To be valid as a refuge pass, the signature of the bearer must be on the face of the stamp. For more information visit web site: www.lrp.usace.army.mil/pao/agency Click on Federal Recreation Areas. 
Also visit Internet Address: www.duckstamp.com.