Camping fees to increase at state parks, forests

Camping fees to increase at state parks, forests

Camping fees for Wisconsin State Parks, state forests, state trails and state recreation areas will increase beginning Tuesday.

The fee increases were part of the state’s new two-year budget, which was signed into law earlier this month.

The legislation calls for the fee increases to go into effect as soon as changes can be made to the camping reservation system.

Camping fees will increase between $3 and $6 per night for residents and $6 and $9 per night for non-residents.

There’s also an increase in the per night charge for electrical service from $5 to $10.

Any reservations for 2015 and 2016 that were made before the rate change Tuesday will be honored at the price that was in effect at the time of the booking.

Admission fees for state parks and trail passes are also increasing, although won’t go into effect until annual stickers and passes for 2016 go on sale in December.

Annual admission sticker fees will increase from $25 to $28 for state residents, from $35 to $38 for nonresidents and from $10 to $13 for resident seniors.

Annual trail passes will increase from $20 to $25 and from $4 to $5 for a daily pass.

For information on state parks and forests, visit http://dnr.wi.gov.