California State Park Camping Fees Rise Today
California State Park entrance and camping fees are going up starting today (Aug. 17) as an effort to replace more than $14 million in funding reductions due to the state’s budget woes, according to KCBS-TV, San Francisco.
“Fees are going to go up by a range of $2-to-$5 on existing fees and camping $10-to-$21 on top of the existing camping nightly fees. But that only provides about $200,000 between now and the end of the year, so it’s probably not enough to prevent more than one or two parks from closing,” said parks spokesman Roy Stearns.
About 100 parks are expected to close by Labor Day. The state has never closed its parks, even during the Depression. Parks remain popular with demand increasing each year.
About 79 million people visited California state parks last year.