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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

National Forest campsite fees rise in Oregon

Camping fees have been increased in Oregon's Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest campsites in the High Cascades and Gold Beach ranger districts to help pay for maintenance and improvements, officials said.

Camping fees, which had ranged from $5 to $10 per night at each site, have been increased to a range of $8 to $15 per night, according to forest spokesman Paul Galloway.

"We needed to increase the fees to be able to do some backlog maintenance at these sites and make them sustainable into the future," he said.

Many of the forest's developed recreation sites are 30 to 50 years old, he said, and most have received little in the way of basic maintenance or improvements over the years.

The new fee structure, which went into effect on Friday, is one of the results of a 2008 recreation facility analysis of more than 200 developed recreation sites in the forest.

"These were locations we identified during the analysis," he said of the sites selected for increases.

Ninety-five percent of the funds collected from the recreation fee sites will remain in the forest to help fund needed improvements, he added.


  1. The Forest Service may say 95 per cent goes back to the public. But most of that is for Forest Service Employees' salaries, and expenses for collecting and enforcement of the fees; rather than any real rennovations or improvements. The people that are more into boondocking don't care about improvements anyway. They'd rather have a natural setting, without having to pay any fees at all. In many situations, the Forest Service's role is superfluous to enjoying the forest.

  2. Let those who desire "improvements" pay for them. All BLM and National Forests and, yes, National Parks and Monuments should have areas for primitive camping without charge. Last time I checked these areas belong to the citizens, and are supported with tax monies.

  3. I find that Americans are very good business people and what makes good sense is to have cheaper camping and this will bring more money to the states.