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Fort Pickens Campground

Campers of all ages enjoy Fort Pickens Campground.
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Camping fees at Gulf Islands National Seashore’s Fort Pickens campground will increase from $20 to $26 on Friday (May 17) to adjust for increasing operational costs and to be compatible with other similar campgrounds in the area. Fees also will increase from $16 to $22 at the seashore’s Davis Bayou campground in Mississippi, the Pensacola News Journal reported.

Traditionally fee rates are reviewed about every seven to eight years.

The seashore put off the rate hikes while dealing with the aftermath of 2004-05 hurricanes Ivan and Katrina, during which time the Fort Pickens Road and campground were closed until spring of 2009.

The new rates will make the seashore camping fees comparable with state park facilities that are similarly situated and have comparable facilities, said Dan Brown, seashore superintendent.

The camping fees at both campgrounds include electric and water hookups.

Prior reservations made at the old price will be honored.

Campers 62 years old or older with Senior passes or those with Access passes for disabilities receive a 50% discount.

The Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act allows the seashore to retain 80% of the camping and entrance fees to help repair, improve or replace visitor facilities.

“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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Ohio State Parks LogoApril is “Go Camping Month” at Ohio State Parks, and the state park campgrounds are offering a special 25 percent discount.

The 25 percent discount applies to regular camping fees in any of Ohio State Parks’ 55 family campgrounds and 16 horseman’s camps. The discount also applies to getaway rentals, including Rent-a-Camp, Rent-a-RV, yurt, tepee, camper cabin and cedar cabin units offered at 38 state parks.

The camping and getaway rental discount, available now through April 30, is offered on overnight stays, and cannot be combined with other discounts.

Campsites and getaway rentals can be reserved up to six months in advance by calling 866-OHIOPARKS (866-644-6727), or online at Reservations are encouraged, but not required. Each campground offers a limited number of walk-in only sites, and campers may choose any unoccupied campsite that has not been reserved during their stay.

April campers and getaway rental guests can also earn points on their Ohio State Parks rewards card, which can be redeemed later for free overnight stays when enough points are accumulated. The rewards card is available free of charge by calling the state parks’ reservation number, 866-OHIOPARKS (866-644-6727), by signing up on, or in person at Ohio State Park business offices during normal business hours.

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