Monday, August 17, 2009

California State Parks New fees Start

New fees for camping and day use are now being charged at most California State Parks. As of today, August 17, it will cost you more to visit and camp at many California state parks. Here is a run down of some of the Southern California parks that will be charging higher prices:
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park: Parking went from $6 per day year-round to $5 to $8, depending on the season. Borrego Palm Canyon developed campsites with hookups were $24 to $29 per night, depending on season; now $35 year-round.
Bolsa Chica State Beach: Parking went from $10 to $15. Developed sites with hookups were $29-$34, now $50. Premium (beachfront) sites were $39 to $44; now $65.
Carpinteria State Beach: Parking went from $8 to $10. Primitive campsites were $20-$25; now $35. Hike-and-bike sites doubled, from $5 to $10.
El Capitan State Beach: Parking went from $8 to $10. Primitive campsites were $20-$25; now $35. Hike-and-bike sites were $5; now $10.
Leo Carrillo State Park: Parking went from $10 to $12. Drive-in, developed campsites were $20-$25, now $35. Hike-and-bike sites were free; now $7.
Malibu Creek State Park: Parking went from $10 to $12. Drive-in, developed campsites were $20-$25; now $35.
San Clemente State Beach: Parking went from $10 to $15. Drive-in , developed campsites were $20-$25; now $35. Group camping was $150; now $280.
San Onofre State Beach: Parking went from $10 to $15. In the San Mateo area, drive-in, developed campsites were $20-$25; now $35; developed sites with hook-ups were $29-$34; now $60.

Maybe the higher prices will make it a litter easier to get a camping reservation. Even with the price hikes many California State Parks are still in danger of being closed.