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Forest Service proposes camping fee increases at recreation areas

By Messenger Staff | Published Wednesday, December 6, 2017
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The U.S. Forest Service is proposing camping fee increases at recreation sites in the Caddo-LBJ National Grasslands.

“The proposed changes will help to ensure fees are more comparable to similar public and private sites in the area, be consistent with inflationary costs and help defray rising maintenance and operation costs,” said Forest Supervisor Eddie Taylor. He also noted the last price increase for most sites in Texas occurred in 2003.

Proposed fee changes include:

LYNDON B. JOHNSON NATIONAL GRASSLAND

  • Black Creek Lake Recreation Area camping: proposed $10/night/site; currently $2
  • TADRA Point Trailhead camping: proposed $10/night/site; currently $4
  • Valley View camping: proposed $10/night/site; currently $4

CADDO NATIONAL GRASSLAND

  • Bois d’ Arc camping: proposed $10/night/site; currently $6
  • Coffee Mill Lake Recreation Area camping: proposed $10/night/site; currently $4
  • West Lake Crockett Recreation Area camping: proposed $10/night/site; currently $4

Public notices proposing the fee increases will be posted in each recreation area and distributed through the media.

The Interagency (Access, Senior) Passes and Golden (Access, Senior) Passports will be honored at standard day-use locations. Senior and Access passes offer a 50 percent discount on all single occupancy campsites, boat launch sites and swimming areas.

The fee proposal will be presented before a citizen’s advisory committee, called the Southern Region Recreation Resource Advisory Committee, and the public is invited to attend and comment. The meeting time, location and agenda will be announced on fs.usda.gov/texas. The regional forester will make a decision on these fee proposals after public comment is complete.

Congress passed the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act in 2008, which allows the Forest Service to keep 80 to 95 percent of fees collected at recreation sites to operate, maintain and improve the sites.

For more information or comments regarding the fee proposals, call Recreation Program Manager Nancy Snoberger, 936-639-8548.

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