Day-use park and campground fees at W. Kerr Scott Reservoir, suspended in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, have been reinstated with changes, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced Friday.

Camping reservation fees for RV sites are now $28 per night, up from $24 before the suspension of fees. All other fees are the same. Campground reservations can be made by calling 877-444-6777 or by going to https://www.recreation.gov/.

In addition, day-use park fees must now be paid with debit or credit cards instead of cash. Machines for these cashless payments are being installed at W. Kerr Scott Reservoir, stated a Corps of Engineers press release. Receipts received with these payments must be displayed on vehicle dashes, the release said.

Visitors without a debit or credit card can purchase a pre-paid card from a local retailer, the release stated. Corps of Engineers annual passes or other passes available from the America the Beautiful (ATB) program will still be accepted, but these passes need to be displayed on vehicle dashes

For more information on the ATB program, go to https://store.usgs.gov/pass/index.html.

As of Nov. 11, 2020, military veterans and Gold Star family members receive the same privileges as active duty military service members at federally-managed recreation lands such as W. Kerr Scott Reservoir. This includes free admittance to these recreation lands with an entrance fee.

Military veterans who were honorably discharged are eligible for free ATB Military Passes, but one of the following must be presented: Department of Defense Identification Card, Veteran Health Identification Card, Veteran ID Card or veteran’s designation on a state-issued driver’s license or identification card.

Gold Star family members may obtain a free Gold Star Family Free Access Voucher on-line at https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/ veterans-and-gold-star-families-free-access.htm.

All fifth-grade students are eligible for free admittance to all federal recreation lands through Every Kid Outdoors (EKO) until Aug. 31, 2021. Fourth-grade students also receive this benefit. This action was taken due to current fifth-graders being unable to make full use of the EKO Annual Fourth-Grade Pass during the COVID-19-related closure of federal recreation lands.

Fifth-grade students (including home-schooled and free-choice learners) can visit the National Park Service website at https://www.nps.gov/kids/fifthgrade.htm to obtain and print a paper voucher. The paper voucher can’t be exchanged for the physical EKO Annual Fourth Grade Pass.

For more details, go to www.saw.usace. army.mil.

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