State park fees to increase for camping, parking and boating

by • January 7, 2015 • trailmixComments (0)172

Don’t let the headline scare you – if you’re a pay-as-you-go hiker, fees to park at trailheads are not increasing this year – they remain $5
per visit. But for those who prefer to purchase a decal allowing yearlong access, fees are up $10, from $40 in 2014 to $50 starting at the first of this year. A second pass is now $25, a $5 increase. That’s the first increase in the parking fee decal since 2004, according to the Division of Natural Resources.
Launching boats costs more too – yearly boat launch passes have gone from $75 in 2014 to $100 this year. A second boat launch pass for the same family is now $50. It’s the first price increase for boaters since 1997.
Campground and daily boat launch fees also have gone up, and those prices vary by location. In general, expect a $5 increase from you were used to paying last year. For the complete list, go to http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/asp/alaskastateparkfees.pdf.

Alaska State Park user fees, including public-use cabins like this one at James Lake in the Nancy Lake State Recreation Area, are increasing statewide this year. Michael DeYoung/AlaskaStock

Alaska State Park user fees, including public-use cabins like this one at James Lake in the Nancy Lake State Recreation Area, are increasing statewide this year.  Michael DeYoung/AlaskaStock

 

 

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