As of Tuesday, August 14, 2018
SALEM — Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is seeking public comment on proposed rules that would allow the agency to implement flexible rates for state park campsites. The proposed rule would allow OPRD to vary campsite rates within a set range.
Under the rule, OPRD could charge a slightly higher rate at high-demand campgrounds and a lower rate at less popular campgrounds. Lisa Sumption, OPRD director, says the proposed flexible rates would help the state parks system serve more people during peak camping season.
“Many of our parks have capacity, but people just don’t know about them,” said Sumption. “With the ability to vary campsite rates, we could entice people to explore new parks and hopefully discover their new favorite campground.”
Under the proposed rule change, OPRD would be able to adjust campsite rates for each park individually. Specific rates for each park or campsite would be posted on the state parks website and in the parks. Once a visitor makes a campsite reservation, their rate would not increase.
— Public hearing: OPRD will take public comment at a hearing set for 6 p.m., Aug. 28, at the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Room 124A, 725 Summer St. NE, Salem.
— Online: oregon.gov/oprd/RULES/Pages/Rulemaking%20Notices.