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Some state park and reservoir fees to change in 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, November 14, 2012 5:00 PM

 Visitors to Indiana state parks and reservoirs will see some changes in user fees in 2013, but the daily entrance rate of $5 will remain the same.

“Our goal, as always, is to provide the best state parks and facilities we can for our visitors. We’ve made minor fee adjustments in the past to keep pace with the costs of meeting that goal. It’s now time to make a few additional changes, while also keeping in mind family budgets and the economic challenges Hoosiers are facing,” said DNR director Rob Carter.

Some of the changes in fees include:

Annual entrance permits will increase from $36 to $40 for Indiana residents. The annual out-of-state entrance permit will increase from $46 to $60. Annual entrance permits also may be used for entrance to the interpretive center at Falls of the Ohio State Park.

Camping rates will increase by $1 to $4 depending on the type of facilities, but weekday campers will still get a better rate.

Swimming pool fees will increase from $2 per person per day to $3 per person per day. A family swimming pass will be $50 for a 25-visit pass, which can reduce the per person/per day cost back to $2. Swimming passes have no expiration date, and can be used from one year to the next.

Cabin rates will increase by $5 per day in some locations.

The annual motorized lake permit will increase from $20 to $22.

Some state park inn rooms will increase from between 99 cents and $4.95/night depending on location and amenities.

For a complete list of fees, see stateparks.IN.gov/2391.htm. Fee adjustments were now effective. Camping, cabin, shelter, inn and other reservations made prior Thursday, Nov. 15, will be honored at the old rates.

In 2006, the Indiana Natural Resources Commission approved a fee structure that gives the DNR director flexibility in setting rates for entrance, camping, swimming, boat launching, and many other facilities and services. None of the fee changes for 2013 move pricing at or even near the top of the ranges established by the Commission, and many activities remain free after paying the gate entrance fee. Some of those activities include hiking, biking, visiting nature centers, enjoying most interpretive programs, picnicking and birding.

Visitor fees provide about 67 percent of the funding for services, staff and the natural and cultural resources visitors enjoy when they visit a state park or reservoir. About 33 percent of the funding comes from monies appropriated by the General Assembly from general fund tax dollars.