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Camping fee structure in Idaho simplified, vehicle entrance fees increased

Posted at 2:34 PM, Nov 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-01 10:05:09-05

IDAHO — It will now be slightly easier to find out what campsite is best for people in Idaho. Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation is adopting a new fee structure and site-type simplification that goes into effect on December 10.

The new structure and simplification are designed to make the reservation process easier by limiting the number of site types there are to choose from. There are now only three, basic, electric and full hook-up. The department said in a news release that "serviced site" has been removed and replaced with either "electric site" or "full hook-up site." The change is to make it easier to identify the ideal campsite.

The release says there is a fee increase across the board, ranging from 8% to 16% per site. The department also notes the new fees are now tax inclusive and more transparent to the customer.

“With our improved fee structure, users will know exactly what they are paying for their sites. And additional revenue from the fee increases will be used to improve and maintain campsites, ensuring users have great outdoor experiences for generations to come,” said Susan Buxton, IDPR Interim Director.

The new site types and fee increases will be available when the nine-month reservation window opens on December 10. The changes will also be on self-pay envelopes for both day use and walk-up camping.

Out-of-state residents will see the standard surcharge of $3 per night for campsites, $5 per night for camper cabins and yurts and 10% per night for houses, cottages, deluxe cabins and group camps.

The news release also said there will be a $2 increase to the motor vehicle entrance fee, making it now $7. Idaho residents can buy an Idaho State Passport sticker with their annual motor vehicle registration for $10. The sticker saves money by waiving the entrance fee to all Idaho state parks.