Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area will implement new camping fees beginning January 1, 2018, for both Bandy Creek and Blue Heron campgrounds.
The rate per night for camping has not increased in price since 2007. Fee rates are based on a study of comparable sites in the surrounding area to ensure that increases are appropriate and competitive with current market conditions. Public meeting and comment periods were held with participation from local community members, campground users and local businesses.
"One hundred percent of the camping fees will provide a vital source of revenue directly related to the operation of Big South Fork NRRA campgrounds and the online reservation service,” said Superintendent Niki Stephanie Nicholas. “The funds will support maintenance, ranger operations, and provide essential funding for projects, such as replacing and upgrading all outdated electrical pedestals in the campgrounds as well as installing new food storage lockers.”
Listed below are the updated nightly rates:
Bandy Creek Campground
1. 30-amp electric and water hook-up sites: From $22 to $25
2. 50-amp electric and water hook-up sites: From $22 to $32
3. Non-electric hook-up sites: From $19 to $20
4. Group campsites: From $100 to $125
Blue Heron Campground 1.30-amp electric and water hook-up sites: From $17 to $20
The updated fee rates will take effect on January 1, 2018. Reservations already made in advance on the National Recreation Reservation System will be honored. Campsites can be reserved online at www.recreation.gov, or by calling 877-444-6777.
Those holding the Senior Pass (for United States residents age 62 and over) and Access Pass (for permanently disabled United States residents) of the "National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass Series" will receive a 50 percent discount on camping fees.
For more information on the campgrounds in Big South Fork NRRA, go to https://www.nps.gov/biso/planyourvisit/camping.htm, or call the park at (423) 286-7275.