Montana State Parks Seeks Public Comment on 2020-2021 Fee Schedule
By Moosetrack Megan

Posted: November 24, 2019

(Helena, MT) –Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) announced today that it is seeking public comment on the draft Montana State Parks 2020/2021 Fee Schedule. If adopted, the fee schedule would be in effect from January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2021.  Comments will be accepted through Sunday, December 22, 2019 at 5pm.

As proposed, the new fee schedule would make modest adjustments to daily entrance fees, hike/bike camping, RV dumping, and cave tours at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park. Other fee changes include increases to firewood permits and the Non-Resident Annual Pass.

New fees proposed include: a corral fee, special use fee for large groups, and a 7-day Non-Resident Vehicle Entrance Pass. This $35 pass creates another option for out-of-state visitors allowing non-residents to enjoy entrance at all state parks for 7 consecutive days and camping fees at the Montana resident rate.

User fees account for approximately 25% of the overall Montana State Parks operations budget. Modest increases in user fees help the state park system keep up with rising operational  and maintenance costs of visitor amenities.

To review the proposed 2020-2021 Montana State Parks Fee Schedule and a reference to both current and proposed fees, visit stateparks.mt.gov click on ‘Public Notices/Submit Comments’ on the right-hand task bar.

The public is invited to comment on the proposed user fee changes. Public comments are due by Sunday, December 22, 2019 at 5pm.

To comment online, visit direct link:
http://stateparks.mt.gov/news/publicNotices/biennial-commission-rule/pn_0008.html
Or go to stateparks.mt.gov click on ‘Public Comment & Notices’ on the right-hand task bar.

The public can also email comments to FWPParksRules@mt.gov or send comments by mail to: Montana State Parks, 2020/2021 Fee Schedule, P.O. Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620-0701.