US Army Corps of Engineers
South Atlantic Division Website Website


Lakeside Recreation

Outdoor recreational opportunities abound at the 27 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Lakes in the southeast. Boating, swimming, hiking, camping, wildlife observation, hunting and fishing are the most popular activities visitors enjoy at Corps Lakes.

Natural and recreational resources at Corps Lakes in the South Atlantic Division provide social, economic and environmental benefits for all Americans.

Here are a few facts related to the Corps’ role managing these resources within the region.

  • Over 1 million acres of land and water
  • 10,751 miles of shoreline
  • Annual visitation = 65,000,000
  • 833 recreation areas
  • 13,644 campsites
  • 584 miles of trail
  • 260 swimming beaches
  • 56 marinas
  • Annual visitor spending = over $1 billion
  • Jobs supported in communities around the lakes = 29,000

Federal Recreation Passes

Golden Age and Golden Access Passports

The Golden Age and Golden Access Passports have been replaced by the America the Beautiful – the National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Passes. The requirements to obain the new Senior and Access passes remain the same (Senior: U.S. citizen 62 years old or older - Access: U.S. citizen legally blind or permanently disabled).

For more information, call (1-888-275-8747), Ext. 3 (Hours of operation are: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Mountain time) or go to

The existing Golden Age and Golden Access Passports are still valid and do not need to be replaced. 

Due to the way the legislation was written, the Corps of Engineers is not authorized to issue the new passes, however, the Corps will honor them. These passes are available at many of the federal recreation areas administered by the National Park Service; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; U.S. Forest Service; Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Reclamation. 

These passes are good for life and entitle the bearer to a reduction in fees at federally-operated, recreation facilities.

Water Safety


            National Safe Boating Council
                          Water Safety Program

Make Reservations

You can reserve camp sites and day-use facilities at many U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recreation areas nationwide, as well as many other agencies, online by visiting RECREATION.GOV. Reservations may also be made by calling RECREATION.GOV toll free at 1-877-444-6777.