S.D. State Camping Fees Likely Up in 2014

November 19, 2013 by   - () Leave a Comment

Prices probably are headed higher at state campgrounds and recreation areas in South Dakota for the 2014 season.

The state Game, Fish and Parks Commission will hold a public hearing Nov. 7 on raising fees for camping permits, firewood and rentals of lodges, cabins, picnic shelters and other facilities, the Aberdeen News reported.

The increases generally would be less than $5, with some less than $1. All prices would be rounded to an even dollar amount as a matter of convenience for visitors and parks personnel.

The state Parks and Recreation Division estimates that $702,000 of additional revenue would be generated in 2014.

The fees last changed in 2011, according to Bob Schneider, an assistant director for the division.

He said 70% of the campsites in the state system would cost $19 per night — $15 for a preferred site plus $4 for electricity service.

Fees in states adjacent to South Dakota average $19 per night, he said.

Firewood has been $4 per bundle since 2009 and would go to $5.

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