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Corps changing fees for day use, special permits at Lake Lanier

FORSYTH COUNTY — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has announced that recreation day use fees charged for the boat launches and swimming beaches it manages on Lake Lanier have changed to a simpler structure.

In a news release, the corps said the fee for the annual pass to these facilities has also changed, as have camping rates at some locations and special use permit charges to cover events, facilities and activities.

The changes come in the wake of a recent review that determined they were needed to ensure they remained comparable and fair to those charged by other local providers for similar facilities and services.

The day use fee structure at corps-managed facilities will vary, but the minimum will be as follows: $5 (previously $4) per private non-commercial vehicle; $2 (previously $1) per adult to walk or bike in; $20 per bus or commercial vehicle (previously $4 per vehicle up to four people, plus $1 per person older than 12).

Children younger than 16 are not charged a day use fee. An annual day use pass costs $40.

Payment of the day use fee entitles the user to launch a boat or use any developed swimming beach that day.

The special use permit fee structure, as well as more information on all the fees, can be found online at; look for Lake Lanier or the appropriate local corps recreation project.