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I'm Brittany Schmidt.
You'll have to dig just a little deeper in your wallet
to enjoy state parks in Wisconsin now.
As part of the state budget.
the price of camping and state park fees has gone
News 8's Kyle Dimke with some reaction from local
Wisconsin's newly signed state budget has the price
to camp rising only a few bucks per night based on
what campground you're staying at.
The idea behind the increase is to make state parks
So we asked campers if a higher price means they'll
think about camping somewhere else.
On their mission to see all of Wisconsin's state parks.
the Pederson family is camping in one 4 or 5 times
But now that the price to camp in those parks has
that might change.
Nicole: 2- We're looking at doing 5 this summer in
Wisconsin State Parks and maybe next summer scaling
back to 3 or 4
Craig Nelson is also an avid state park camper.
Craig: 4- We try to go out 4-5 times a year
He says while it is a bummer he'll now have to pay
a few bucks more.
he doesn't think that will affect the amount of times
he camps in a state park.
Craig: 1- We love Wisconsin state parks and we try
to visit them as often as we can.
GPX: Camping fees have increased by $3 to $6 dollars
depending on the camp ground for Wisconsin residents.
and between $6 and $9 dollars for non-residents.
GPX: The price of electricity at a campsite is doubling
Chris: 2- This state budget really helps place the
state parks on a path to sustainability and this camping
fee is is just a step in that direction.
We have such a strong and vibrant state park system
with so many opportunites for people to get out and
enjoy the outdoors, this is just one step in that
process of helping out those state parks
Both Nicole and Craig agree that trying to make state
parks self-sustaining makes sense.
And if that means they have to pay a couple extra
bucks to sleep under the stars.
Craig: 3- obviously funding is important for any kind
of resource like this that's available to all Wisconsinites
and so those of us that are using these resources
it makes sense that we should support them.
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The Wisconsin D-N-R says all camping fees collected
at state parks go directly back into the funding that
Over the last five years.
the state park system has collected an average of
about seven and a half million dollars each year in
Admission fees and trail passes at state parks will
also be increased as a part of the budget.
but will not begin until 2016 stickers and passes
go on sale in December.
Any camp site booked before July 28th will be honored
at the previous price.