San Diego County Ups Camping Fees by 20%
San Diego County, Calif., is raising its camping fees by 20% effective Thursday (Jan. 1).
The county board of supervisors voted unanimously last month to increase several park and recreation fees to cover rising costs in utilities, fuel and maintenance, according to the San Diego Union Tribune.
The camping fee would increase by $3 or $4 per day, depending on the type of campsite reserved, to a total of $19 to $28 per day. Group rates will jump $15 to $25 in all areas. Kayak and rowboat rentals will increase by $5 each.
The increases are expected to add an additional $330,000 to the more than $2 million in user fees county parks collect each year.
The campers are prohibited from staying at the parks for more than 21 days in a row because it would be considered a permanent residence.
Despite the fee increases, the money collected each year isn’t enough to adequately cover each park’s many services, said Renee Hilton, assistant director for the county’s parks and recreation department.
Hilton said the county always tries to keep its rates reasonable so as many people as possible can enjoy its parks. Officials have distributed information about the increases for weeks and have not received any complaints.
“We are always very aware of not trying to make a hardship for anybody,” she said. “They were fairly insignificant increases.”
The county operates 18 day-use parks, and nine campgrounds, where the fee increase will be felt the most.