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The federal government owns and manages recreational land in every state. Some areas have more recreation potential than others and types of recreation available vary from place to place. Some areas include private land and are not normally open to the public. For information regarding specific activities, services, campgrounds, facilities, hours and seasons of operation, entrance and user fees, contact the appropriate agency office.
Additional information is available at http:www.recreation.gov
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers manages more than 11.5 million acres of land and water for natural resources and public recreation benefits. More than 4,000 parks at 450 water resource development projects (lakes) in 43 states offer a wide range of opportunities and facilities for outdoor recreation. At the heart of the Corps land management program is the responsible stewardship of the nation's natural resources including forestry, fish and wildlife management and soil conservation.
Additional information is available at www.usace.army.mil
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service manages 94 million acres of land and water consisting of more than 500 national wildlife refuges, 38 wetland management districts and 65 national fish hatcheries. More than half the refuges are open to hunting and fishing. The agency also enforces Federal wildlife laws, manages migratory bird populations, stocks recreational fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands and administers the Endangered Species Act. It oversees funds for state fish and wildlife restoration, boating access, hunter education, shooting ranges, and related projects through Federal excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment.
Additional information is available at www.fws.gov
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Forest Service benefits Americans in many ways - through management of the national forests and grasslands, forestry research, and cooperation with managers of state and private forest lands. It offers a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities and special areas on 191 million acres of national forest and grasslands. Approximately 18 percent of national forest land is congressionally designated wilderness, providing opportunities for primitive recreation experiences and spectacular scenery.
Additional information is available at www.fs.fed.us
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) oversees the Nation's largest Federal land mass - more than 270 million unbounded acres with unlimited outdoor recreational activities. These lands include congressionally designated wild and scenic rivers, wilderness areas and high deserts. This Interior Department agency manages its lands to conserve and protect them and their historic and cultural resources for public use and enjoyment. There is free camping on much of the land.
Additional information is available at www.blm.gov/wo/st/en.html
The National Park Service protects the Nation's natural, historical and cultural resources while providing opportunities for recreation. National Park Service manages more than 375 national parks, battlefields, seashores, monuments and historic sites nationwide. These offer visitors a diversity of outdoor recreational and educational experiences. For specific information about the parks you plan to visit please call or write the park of your choice.
Additional information is available at www.nps.gov
The Bureau of Reclamation manages, develops and protects water and related resources in an environmentally and economically sound manner in the interest of the American public. The majority of the more than 300 recreation areas at Reclamation's water resources management sites are operated in cooperation with other Federal, state and local governments. For more information about outdoor recreation and public use activities contact the Bureau of Reclamation.
Additional information is available at www.usbr.gov
Designed for flood control, navigation and electric power generation, the Tennessee Valley Authority's integrated system of dams and reservoirs has become an increasingly popular source for outdoor recreation. This system includes 51 lakes with more than 1,000 square miles of water surface and 11,000 miles of shoreline in 7 states. Facilities to accommodate outdoor recreation activities are managed privately or by local, state or Federal governments. There are also thousands of acres of undeveloped land available for informal use. Tennessee Valley Authority requests cooperation from the public with attention to safety, courtesy and resource protection.
Additional information is available at www.tva.gov
Through its National Scenic Byways Program, the Department of Transportation designates driving routes throughout the country that are rich in historical, cultural, natural, scenic, archaeological and recreational qualities. The Federal Highway Administration, which manages the National Scenic Byways Program, supports the enhancement, interpretation, protection and promotion of the unique qualities along these routes.
Additional information is available at www.byways.org
The Bureau of Indian Affairs administers approximately 45 million acres of land owned by the Federally recognized Indian Tribes throughout the United States. While title to these lands is held by the United States, they are not public lands for recreational purposes. However, many Tribes offer recreational opportunities on their lands. To find out which Tribes welcome visitors for recreation or to observe various ceremonies reflecting their unique cultures and traditional ways of life, contact the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Additional information is available at www.doi.gov/bureau-indian-affairs.html
Finally, for Tiffin RV Forum members only, there are locations around the United States available for boondocking within the forum.
Further Boondocking References:
Free Campgrounds.com - http://www.freecampgrounds.com
RVing The Midwest - http://www.rvingthemidwestconnection.com
RV Boondocking Basics -- A Guide to Living Without Hookups (Paperback)
Submitted by Mike Sundberg - 2/07/06
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