“Camping fees go up a buck, but that’s not unusual,” said Mike Kenealy, recreation and special uses coordinator for the Colorado’s White River National Forest.

Children Playing at CampgroundSite fees vary depending on services, ranging from $17 at Pine Cove Campground to $24 at Heaton Bay, for those hooking up to electric. On the flip side, day-use fees went down a few dollars to $5 from last year’s $8.

Overnight guests will be charged a $5 extra vehicle fee for the second vehicle at a site. The previous concessionaire charged that fee for the third vehicle.

Other than fees, the public shouldn’t see much change in campground operations.

However, the new concessionaire plans to add sites to the online advance reservations system, as well as extend the reservation window beyond one week in advance.

The concessionaire may also extend some campground seasons, such as a handful around Dillon Reservoir, though they’ll remain first-come, first-served before Memorial Day and after Labor Day, Kenealy said, but reservations are available between the holidays. Typically, the season is mid-May through mid-September, but campgrounds such as Heaton Bay could remain open until Oct. 31.

Some Green Mountain Reservoir sites — McDonald Flats, Prairie Point, Cataract Creek — and Blue River campground will open May 4. The opening of the rest will be dependent on weather and demand, but all will be open by Memorial day, Waugh said.

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