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The New Year means new rates for out-of-state RV campers

RV campsite.
Alain Wong
RV campsite.

A fee increase takes effect with the New Year, at Oregon’s state parks. Out-of-state visitors with RVs will pay 25 percent more for stays effective January 1st, under recent legislation.

Chris Havel is with the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

“As on Oregonian –and RVer - you pay twice to use the state park system,” explained Chris Havel of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

“You pay when you get your RV and license it. Then you pay again when you rent a site. People from out of state are really only paying that one time when they rent a site, and this evens the scales a bit.

“All of that money goes right back into the park system to pay for power and water and restroom service and the fine ranger staff who make sure you have a pleasurable time there in the park.”

The increased fee is for all sites with hookups for RVs. An overnight stay with sewer and electrical hookups will cost $30-50 for non-Oregonians, and $24-40 for state residents.

The increase won’t apply to existing reservations. More information including rate calculation can be found at stateparks.oregon.gov.
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Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.