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Re: Stanislaus National Forest Campground Fees

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avatar Stanislaus National Forest Campground Fees
April 23, 2009 03:49PM
Sonora, March 13, 2009 - The Forest Service today announced that the Stanislaus National Forest (NF) is planning to increase fees at twelve of its existing developed campgrounds, and initiate new fees at five existing campgrounds for the first time. As authorized by the Federal Recreation Lands Enhancement Act (Title VII, P.L. 108-447), the fees can be used locally to help the Forest Service offset the costs of operating and maintaining the sites.

Currently, the Forest has 45 fee campgrounds. The addition of new fees at five existing campgrounds will bring the Forest total to 50 overnight fee campgrounds. Pending review by a region-wide Recreation Resource Advisory Committee, the new fees are planned for implementation at five existing campgrounds in 2010, with the proposed fee increases at twelve of the Forest's existing developed campgrounds implemented by summer, 2009.

Increased fees are planned for the following existing campgrounds: Sand Bar Flat ($12), Hull Creek ($12), Cascade Creek ($8), Mill Creek ($8), Niagara Creek ($8), Niagara OHV ($8), Fence Creek ($8), Highland Lakes ($12), Bloomfield ($12), Mosquito Lakes ($8), Stanislaus River ($12), and WaKalu Hep Yoo ($20). Sites with the $8 fee do not have potable water. Sites with the $10 or $12 fee have potable water. The site with a $20 fee has potable water, hot showers, garbage collection, and other amenities.

New fees are proposed at the following campgrounds: Pacific Valley ($10), Union ($8), Utica ($8), Lumsden ($8), and South Fork ($8) Campgrounds. Improvements have been made at many of these campgrounds, or are planned, including installing new fire rings, picnic tables, accessible trails, and new toilets. The improvements are planned to address sanitation and safety concerns, and improve deteriorating resource conditions and recreation experiences.

The five new fee campgrounds are existing campgrounds that either have received recent improvements, or are in the process of being upgraded. During the past 10 years, fees at the 12 existing campgrounds have not been increased. Campground fees are assessed based on the level of amenities and services provided, cost of operation and maintenance, market assessment, and public comment.

Currently, 33 of the Forest's 45 developed fee campgrounds are managed by concessionaire. The concessionaire campgrounds have similar or higher fees than those proposed for these additional non-concession Forest Service managed campgrounds. The Forest's 2007 Recreation Facilities Analysis (RFA), and a market analysis, indicated that the proposed fees are reasonable and typical of similar sites in the Sierra Nevada area.

The Forest received public comment during its RFA process, and is maintaining a file of public comment on the proposed fee increases and new campground fees as information for future planning efforts. For more information on these fee increases and new fees contact Brian Kermeen at (209) 532-3671 extension 316.
avatar Re: Stanislaus National Forest Campground Fees
April 23, 2009 05:42PM
Still a bargain.
avatar Re: Stanislaus National Forest Campground Fees
April 23, 2009 05:46PM
Still a bargain.

Usually. But sometimes those people that are camping right next to you...
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