Oregon State Parks Propose First Fee Hike in 13 Years
Oregon's Parks and Recreation Department is proposing an across the board increase in fees at state parks, citing falling revenues from lottery sales and recreational vehicle registrations.
The increases, the first since 1996, would boost 11 fees. Tent campsite fees would go from $16 a night to $20, for example. Day-use fees, charged at 26 out of more than 190 day-use sites, would rise from $3 a carload to $5.
The Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission will decide whether to approve the increases after a public comment period that starts Wednesday (Aug. 19) and ends Sept. 23. The department is also holding four public hearings beginning Sept. 17.
If approved, new rates would go into effect as early as Jan. 1, 2010, for day-use, and as early as May 1, 2010, for camping. The parks department says the increases would raise an extra $4.3 million from January 2010 through June 2011.
The parks system is funded through park fees, Oregon Lottery revenues and a portion of recreational vehicle registration fees. RV registration has dropped dramatically, the department said, and lottery revenues are projected to fall.