Oregon’s prime camping season got underway Thursday, and continues through Oct. 1. As they do every year, state parks have raised their overnight tent camping rates by $4 for the season. But this year RV camping is a little spendier.
Last September, Oregon Parks and Recreation approved an increase in price to rent certain state park campsites. Now, RV sites at state campgrounds cost $2 more per night than they have in previous camping seasons.
Oregon Parks and Recreation communications and research manager Richard Walkoski says that an increase in rates is essential to maintain and improve state parks.
“We still have a lot of people today who think, we’re a government agency so we must get tax dollars,” Walkoski says. “But we don’t. So it’s important that we maintain that revenue stream, and unfortunately costs go up to maintain things. To pay for that, the revenue has to come from somewhere, and that’s user fees.”
Walkoski says that the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department has received far fewer complaints about the higher rates than expected.