In addition to a boat launch fee, beach users will need to pay a day use fee as well at Sutton Lake beginning May 2022.

Only credit card payments will be accepted. No cash will be collected or accepted.

Automated fee machines are being installed in the Bee Run and South Abutment Areas and visitors will be expected to pay the $5 fee to use the boat launches and swimming beach.

Customers will receive a receipt to display in their vehicle dash face up where the date can clearly be seen. Park Rangers will periodically check the vehicles within the recreation areas to ensure payment. Once the fee is paid, it is good for all day use areas that day. Those who do not have a credit card can purchase a pre-paid credit card from local convenience stores.

Customers with Annual Passes, Senior Passes, Access Passes or other relevant America the Beautiful Passes, do not need to stop at the fee machines.

Annual Day use passes may be purchased at the fee machines for $40. Customers have 10 days to take their Annual Pass receipt to the Sutton Lake Office in Sutton or to the Gerald R. Freeman Campground Entrance Station to exchange it for a hard pass.

Officials say the move is being made to minimize traffic congestion at launch ramps, to discontinue the handling, accounting and security challenges of accepting cash, and to better align with national Corps of Engineers policy.

All vehicles accessing the boat launch or swim beach in Bee Run and the boat launch in the South Abutment area will need to pay. Shelter and playground users will not be assessed an additional fee. Shelter reservations may still be made for guaranteed exclusive use of those facilities.