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[MAY 15, 2004]  SPRINGFIELD -- A new camping fee schedule for Illinois state park campgrounds took effect in the middle of April.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources manages more than 8,700 campsites at 81 state parks, conservation areas, and fish and wildlife areas. Fee increases for more than 80 percent of the campsites range from $1 to $4 per night. Fees for Class D tent camping or primitive campsites with no vehicle access are unchanged. The new fee schedule includes discounts for Illinois senior citizens, people with disabilities, Illinois veterans with disabilities and former prisoners of war.

The higher camping fees at most sites are the first increases approved for state park campgrounds in Illinois since 1992. The additional revenue will be used for campground operations and maintenance, the costs of which have increased steadily during the last 12 years. State sites host more than 600,000 campground visitors annually.

The new fee schedule for state park campsites, including campsite fees and hookup fees where utilities are provided, is outlined below:

Class A -- $15 per night. Includes electricity hookup, showers and vehicle access. The previous fee was $11 per night. The fee for Illinois seniors and people with disabilities (Class 2 or 2a card) will be $10 per night Monday-Thursday.

Class B-E -- $13 per night. Includes electricity hookup and vehicle access. The previous fee was $10 per night. The fee for Illinois seniors and people with disabilities will be $9 per night Monday-Thursday.

Class B-S -- $10 per night. Includes showers and vehicle access. The previous fee was $8 per night. The fee for Illinois seniors and people with disabilities will be $5 per night Monday-Thursday.

Class AA campsites -- $20 per night. Amenities include electricity and water hookups, showers, vehicle access, and sewer hookups. The previous fee was $15 per night. The fee for Illinois seniors or people with disabilities at these campsites will be $12.50 per night Monday-Thursday.

Class A premium campsites at Chain-O-Lakes, Illinois Beach, Kankakee River, Rock Cut and Starved Rock state parks and at Shabbona Lake State Recreation Area -- $20 per night. Includes electricity hookup, showers and vehicle access. The fee for Illinois seniors and people with disabilities will be $12.50 per night Monday-Thursday.

 

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Class B-E premium campsites at Chain-O-Lakes, Illinois Beach, Kankakee River, Rock Cut, Starved Rock and Shabbona Lake -- $15 per night. Includes electricity hookups and vehicle access. The fee for Illinois seniors and people with disabilities will be $10 per night Monday-Thursday.

Class B-S premium campsites at Chain-O-Lakes, Illinois Beach, Kankakee River, Rock Cut, Starved Rock and Shabbona Lake -- $12 per night. Includes showers and vehicle access. The fee for Illinois seniors and people with disabilities will be $6 per night Monday-Thursday.

Class C campsites -- $8 per night. Includes vehicle access or walk-in with shower access. The previous fee was $7 per night. No fee for Illinois seniors Monday-Thursday; no fee any day for Illinois residents with disabilities.

Class D campsites -- $6 per night. Provides tent camping or primitive walk-in or backpack sites with no vehicle access. This fee is unchanged from the previous fee schedule. No fee for Illinois seniors Monday-Thursday; no fee any day for Illinois residents with disabilities.

Group youth camp -- $2 per person per night with a $20 per day minimum. The previous fee was $1 per person and $10 per day minimum.

Group adult camp -- $4 per person per night with a $40 per day minimum. The previous fee was $2 per person per night with a $20 per day minimum.

Campground cabins - $40 per night at Class A campgrounds, or $35 per night Monday-Thursday for Illinois seniors and people with disabilities; $45 per night at Class A premium campgrounds, or $37.50 per night Monday-Thursday for Illinois seniors and people with disabilities.

For more information on state park campgrounds, check the Illinois Department of Natural Resources site at http://dnr.state.il.us.

[Illinois Department of Natural Resources
news release]

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