National Park Starts Camping Fees
After years of deliberations and public outreach, officials at Voyageurs National Park will move ahead in April with the park’s first campground fee and reservation system, the Duluth (Minn.) News Tribune reported.
The new system will set aside 51 campsites this summer for advance reservations, allowing people to guarantee a site before they make the trip to the park near International Falls.
Reservations can be made starting April 1 and are required from May 15 to Sept. 15 for those 51 sites. Reservations are $10 per transaction, plus any campsite fee. Sites will be free before May 15 and after Sept. 15.
Unreserved sites will remain free of charge this summer, although a free permit must be obtained at the entry point.
Until now, all Voyageurs sites, which are accessible only by water, have been free — but have been first-come, first served, leaving campers unsure if or where they may find an unoccupied site.
The new system will be phased in this year and go into full effect for all overnight sites starting on May 15, 2015. Day-use “picnic’’ sites will remain free and first-come, first served.
“We’re phasing it in slowly to make sure it works for all visitors,’’ Tawnya Schoewe, the park’s chief of interpretation, told the News Tribune.
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