As the number of visitors to parks continues to climb due to the popularity of these national treasures, government funding available for necessities such as road and building repairs, campground maintenance, visitor protection, resource protection and other services has not kept pace with demand. In 2004, to address these needs, Congress signed the Federal Lands Recreation Act (FLREA) which allows the U.S. Department of the Interior to implement an interagency Fee Program in three of its agencies—the National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management, andthe U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The program also includes the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service.The program directs funds collected from park visitors towards the maintenance of the facilities they were utilizing.
Welcome! Chickasaw National Recreation Area is being cared for today for you, and for future generations, by the National Park Service. This dual objective—use today and tomorrow—comes at a price. Protecting our natural and cultural heritage while ensuring that visitors have a safe, enjoyable, and educational experience, is expensive.
Why the emphasis on recreational use fees?
The Recreational Fee Program:
Recreation Use Fees
America’s Public Lands
Thank you for supporting your National Parks.