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(Van Buren) – Ozark National Scenic Riverways is seeking public comment on a proposed increase in camping fees that would take effect next year for the five developed campgrounds within the park.

The proposed campgrounds are located at Alley Spring, Big Spring, Pulltite, Round Spring, and Two Rivers. Superintendent Bill Black says the proposed rate increase is necessary in order for park camping fees to remain comparable with local privately owned businesses. The current camping fees have not been raised since 2008. The new rates would take effect April 15, 2014.

Proposed camping fees are as follows:

  • Basic Family Campsites (limit 6 people) will go from $14.00 to $18.00 a night.
  • Electric Campsites (limit 6 people) will go from $17.00 to $22.00 a night.
  • Cluster Campsites (7-20 people) will go from $30.00 to $40.00 a night.
  • Group Campsites (15-45 people) will remain at $100.00 per night with no increase.

The proposed rates do not apply to primitive campgrounds which will remain $5.00 per campsite, however, a primitive camping fee would be added for Blue Spring Campground on the Jacks Fork River effective April 15, 2014. This area’s campsites were upgraded in 2008 and previously approved to be added to the fee system.

Ozark National Scenic Riverways is able to keep the fees collected from our campgrounds to use for improvements to visitor facilities and services such as upgrading the restroom facilities, clearing horse trails, and educational programs for students. If you would like to comment on the proposed rate increase, please respond by November 20, 2013 to Dawn White at dawn_white@nps.gov or 573-323-4945. For more information, visit the park’s Facebook page, the park’s website at www.nps.gov/ozar or phone 573-323-4236.

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