Mark your calendars for the 2023 Fee-Free Days in participating national parks, refuges, conservation lands, lakes, and forests! On designated days throughout the year, participating federal land management agencies offer free entrance and waive some standard amenity and day-use fees. For more details about which standard amenity fees and day-use fees are waived, please visit the location’s website.
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Take advantage of fee-free days throughout the year to explore America's public lands
Each participating land management agency has their own calendar of fee-free days and events. Here is a quick snapshot of these days by agency. You can also check out the links at the bottom of this article for more information.
Please note: these waivers only apply to day use fees at US Army Corps of Engineers locations.
Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument (Emily Christie, Share the Experience)
Theodore Roosevelt is often considered the "conservationist president." His legacy is found in the 230 million acres of public lands he helped establish during his presidency, many of which are now National Forests. Today, his legacy is honored at Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota, where you can enjoy some of the best wildlife viewing in the country.
Add Johnston Ridge Observatory, the last stop along State Highway 504 within the blast zone of the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, to your bucket list. Stop by and learn about the events that occurred during the 1980 eruption and the changes that continue to transform the landscape. Ranger and Junior Ranger programs are offered daily during the summer.
Plan your visit to Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge around the fun-filled National Wildlife Refuge Week during October. In addition to all the usual hiking, biking, birdwatching, beach walking, fishing, hunting, and photography opportunities, the Refuge will have special activities and events for its National Wildlife Refuge Day Celebration in early October.
From exploring tidepools teeming with life to Oregon's tallest lighthouse, there is something for every visitor at Yaquina Head. Lighthouse tours are available during the summer and throughout the year, weather permitting. An amazing array of seabirds, Peregrine falcons, and whales call this coastal headland home, so keep your eyes open when visiting this outstanding piece of the Oregon coast.