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Campground Fees May Increase

Sonora, CA — The Stanislaus National Forest may be increasing campground fees at 12 locations and initiating a new fee at still another campground this year.

A $20 fee would be charged at WaKalu Hep Yoo. $12 fees would be charged at Sand Bar Flat, Highland Lakes, Bloomfield and Stanislaus River. $8 fees would be charged at Cascade Creek, Mill Creek, Niagara Creek, Niagara OHV, Fence Creek and Mosquito Lakes.

A new fee of $10 is proposed at Pacific Valley Campground.

These proposed fee increased were announced a year ago but were not implemented.

WaKalu Hep Yoo ($20) has potable water, hot showers, garbage collection and other amenities. Sites with a $10 or $12 fee have potable water. Sites with an $8 fee do not have potable water. 

According to Recreation Specialist Brian Kermeen fees at the 12 existing campgrounds have not been increased over the last 10 years. Campground fees are assessed based on the level of amenities and services provided, cost of operation and maintenance, market assessment and public comment.

Written by bill.johnson@mlode.com