Campers are expected to fill up campgrounds and parks this summer, much like last year. However, the cost of camping, at least in the public sector, has gone up, according to the Wall Street Journal.
With so many state budgets reeling, legislatures have found easy revenue pickings in the form of higher campground and park-access fees. But camping remains an affordable option, especially when compared with big-city hotels or resort destinations. A night at a state-park campsite goes for about $10 to $30.
California will make up half of a $35 million cut to its state park budget with camping fee increases. There’s now a $7.50 reservation-processing fee plus $4 to $7 add-ons for prime campsites such as seashores and beaches. Even with all the increases, the most expensive campsite in the Golden State tops out at $20 a night.
Daily access passes in Wisconsin went up to $10 from $7 for nonresidents.
The federal park system is not immune. The Fire Island National Seashore in New York used to charge $20 for up to five nights of beach-side camping. This year, it’s $15 a night.