US Army Corps of Engineers
Nashville District

Day Use Fees

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Lake Cumberland charges a day use fee at selected areas. The recreation areas on Lake Cumberland charging these fees are Waitsboro, Cumberland Point, Halcomb’s Landing, Kendall and Fall Creek. These areas offer playgrounds, boat launching ramps, bathrooms, picnic sites and picnic shelters and have a fee of $5.00.

Payment of the fee will permit the use of similar day use facilities at any Corps project on the date of payment. A paid camping permit from a Corps operated campground will entitle the holder to use any designated day use facility without paying the day user fee on the day for which the camping permit is valid.

Annual Passes

Corps of Engineers  Annual Day Use Passes-are available for sale at the Lake Cumberland Natural Resource Management Office (Visitor Center) in Somerset, KY or at Kendall Campground, Waitsboro Campground, Fall Creek Campground, Fishing Creek Campground, or Cumberland Point Campground. Annual Passes cost $40.00 each and are valid for twelve months from the date of issuance.

Note: Not all recreational facilities on Lake Cumberland are operated by the Corps of Engineers and thus the recreational fees charged, if any, are not necessarily compatible. Therefore, a camping permit from Lake Cumberland State Park will not admit you into Kendall Recreation Area. An Annual Pass from a marina that charges a launching fee will not admit you to launch at Waitsboro Recreation Area. Likewise a permit or pass issued by the Corps will not necessarily admit you into a State Park or allow you to launch at a Marina.

America the Beautiful Passes

Senior Pass- Those individuals 62 years and older can obtain this pass at $10.00 and is valid for the lifetime of the pass holder. The pass holder will receive a 50% discount on camping and Day User fees (example: boat launching/beach use). This pass is also valid for entrance fees and standard amenity recreation day use fees for all federal recreational lands and waters (Federal Agencies: BLM, USBR, FWS, USFS, NPS, and USACE). Available for sale at all campgrounds and Visitor Center.

Access Pass-For those individuals with permanent disabilities this pass is free and is valid for the lifetime of the pass holder. The pass holder will receive a 50% discount on camping and Day User fees (example: boat launching/beach use). This pass is also valid for entrance fees and standard amenity recreation day use fees for all federal recreational lands and waters (Federal Agencies: BLM, USBR, FWS, USFS, NPS, and USACE). Available for sale at the Visitor Center. 

Interagency Annual Pass- This pass is valid for entrance fees and standard amenity recreation day use fees for all federal recreational lands and waters (Federal Agencies: BLM, USBR, FWS, USFS, NPS, and USACE). Available for sale at the Visitor Center and all campgrounds on Lake Cumberland. This pass is valid for one year from the month of issuance and costs $80.00.

Active Military & Dependents Pass- This pass is available free to all active duty military and their dependents. It is valid for one year from the month of issuance. This pass is valid for entrance fees and standard amenity recreation day use fees for all federal recreational lands and waters (Federal Agencies: BLM, USBR, FWS, USFS, NPS, and USACE). Available at the Visitor Center.

Every Kid in a Park Pass- This is a free pass available to 4th grade children that have completed their on-line park adventure at www.everykidinapark.gov    This pass is valid for entrance fees and standard amenity recreation day use fees for all federal recreational lands and waters (Federal Agencies: BLM, USBR, FWS, USFS, NPS, and USACE).  Passes are valid September through August of the year that the student is in the 4th grade. Available at the Visitor Center.

Volunteer Pass- This pass is free with 250 hours of volunteer service. It is valid for one year from the month of issuance. This pass is valid for entrance fees and standard amenity recreation day use fees for all federal recreational lands and waters (Federal Agencies: BLM, USBR, FWS, USFS, NPS, and USACE).