Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Hiking Michigan campground fees would be small cost with big benefits

You may be paying a bit more to camp in state forest areas. But in this case, it appears you'll be helping out Michigan's financially troubled state forest system.

The state may impose higher camping fees to continue operating.

Campers in state forests - which generally have more rustic campgrounds than those in state parks - likely will see the cost increase this month from $10 to at least $15 a night.

The new fees have not been officially approved yet, but the Department of Natural Resources will be increasing some of them, according to statements from Rebecca Humphries, director of the department. It's her decision to make at a Natural Resources Commission meeting May 10.

If she approves the increase, it would take effect May 14.

State forest camping fees were last increased in 2001.
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