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Cost of camping could go up for RV owners in Oregon

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SALEM, OR (KPTV) -

The price to camp in some Oregon parks might be going up.

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is proposing to raise the state park camping rates for RV hookups in the state's most popular campgrounds. Under the proposal, it would cost $28 per night in the summer, an increase of $4.

Basic yurt prices would go from $36 to $40 per night. The changes would go into effect May 1, 2014 for both prime summer season rates and the state's discounted "Discover Season," which runs from Oct. 1 through April 30.

Tent camping rates, currently $15 to $19 per night, would not change.

Tim Wood, director of the department, said while no one likes the idea of raising rates, they are asking the public to support it to keep service levels high. Wood said operating costs are climbing, and the department does not receive tax dollars for the operation of its parks.

"Nearly all our funding comes from visitors, a portion of RV registration dollars and the Oregon Lottery," Wood said in a statement.

Oregon's state parks attract 2.4 million campers and 41 million day visitors every year. OPRD last raised its camping rates in 2010, after a 14-year hiatus.

Public comment on the proposed changes must be received by 5 p.m. Aug. 30. They can be emailed to oprd.publiccomment@state.or.us, or sent to OPRD ATTN: Park Rates, 725 Summer St. N.E., Suite C, Salem OR 97301.

There will also be four public hearings, beginning Aug. 20 in Newport. For more details, go to www.oregonstateparks.org.

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