LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. – Recreationists will now be able to easily attain electronic recreation permits and annual passes for Lake Havasu shoreline sites, making access to public lands more convenient.
The permits and passes will be available through the digital marketplace, YourPassNow. This innovation is made possible through a partnership between the Bureau of Land Management and NIC Inc., a digital government services provider.
"Purchasing a permit through YourPassNow offers our visitors improved access to recreational opportunities on Lake Havasu,” said William Mack, Jr., BLM’s Colorado River District Manager. “This digital service will greatly improve the convenience of visiting your shoreline sites for our visitors and streamline our internal BLM fee collection process. We are excited to pilot this service for the BLM and hope to continue to enhance the visitor experience on public lands."
The BLM’s Lake Havasu Field Office offers 73 boat access campsites spanning 20 miles along the Arizona shore.
YourPassNow provides an alternative to the traditional paper-based, in-person purchase method while simultaneously providing public lands with a tool to help manage the visitor experience. Using a personal device, visitors can purchase passes and permits from www.yourpassnow.com. Once purchased, passes and permits can be downloaded or stored to a virtual wallet for immediate and future use. Passes and permits are also emailed for those that want to print their pass.
“NIC couldn’t be happier to add Lake Havasu to the YourPassNow family,” said Harry Herington, NIC's Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board. "By offering recreation permits for day and overnight use at Lake Havasu Shoreline Sites, YourPassNow is helping the Bureau of Land Management enhance the visitor experience at one of our country’s truly spectacular outdoor places.”
Lake Havasu is the first Bureau of Land Management area to offer electronic permits and passes and joins the following national parks and forest lands currently providing electronic passes through YourPassNow: Acadia, Everglades, Theodore Roosevelt, Sequoia and Kings Canyon, Yellowstone and Yosemite National Parks; Castillo de San Marcos and Colorado National Monuments; Whiskeytown National Recreation Area; Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area; and Wayne National Forest.
Developed in cooperation with the National Park Service, YourPassNow makes it easy and convenient for visitors to purchase entrance passes and land access permits to public lands online. YourPassNow streamlines a paper-based purchase process that was previously only available at physical park locations or approved resellers. YourPassNow provides visitors a new level of recreation access to America’s public lands. For more information, please visit www.yourpassnow.com
About NIC Inc.
NIC Inc. (Nasdaq: EGOV) is the nation's premier provider of innovative digital government solutions and secure payment processing, which help make government interactions more accessible for everyone through technology. The family of NIC companies has developed a library of more than 13,000 digital government services for more than 6,000 federal, state, and local government agencies. Among these solutions is the groundbreaking personal assistant for government, Gov2Go, delivering citizens personalized reminders and a single platform for all government interactions. More information is available at www.egov.com.
About the Bureau of Land Management
The Bureau of Land Management manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency's mission is to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of America's public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. Diverse activities authorized on these lands generated $75 billion in sales of goods and services throughout the American economy in fiscal year 2016—more than any other agency in the Department of the Interior. These activities supported more than 372,000 jobs.