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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.

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