Park Service Raises Missouri Camping Fees
The National Park Service reports the Buffalo National River is increasing the fees at five developed campgrounds. The fees will increase from $17 to $22 per night, reported radio station KZRK in Branson, Mo.
The fee for walk-in sites at Buffalo Point and Tyler Bend will increase from $12 to $16 per night. The fee for sites at Kyle’s Landing, Ozark, and Steel Creek will increase from $10 to $12 per night. The fee for group sites will remain the same: $3 per person/per night.
This is the first fee increase at Buffalo National River in 10 years, made necessary by rising operational costs. The proposal to raise fees was first announced by the park in December 2012. The park received mixed feedback from the public. Of the 15 comments received, nine were supportive of the increase and six were against any increase.
The increased revenue, projected between $50,000 and $75,000, will enable the park to continue basic campground maintenance, provide some necessary repairs and improvements, and pay the utility bills. But the fee increase will not solve all of the budget woes at Buffalo National River.
Like many units of the National Park Service, Buffalo National River is struggling with budget cuts that have resulted in facility closures and reduced services throughout the park.
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