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2008 camping fees set for state parks and forests

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Join thousands of campers in planning for spring and summer camping getaways at Wisconsin state parks and forests.

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Camping reservations can be made up to 11 months in advance via the Internet at www.wiparks.net or by phone (888) 947-2757.

On Feb. 1, 2008, a new, simplified camping fee schedule for Wisconsin state parks and forests goes into effect.

Campers will now pay the same nightly rate each night they camp.

Additional charges for electrical and water view sites and the $10 non-refundable reservation fee remain unchanged.

The camping rate at each park is established based upon customer demand.

The following seven additional properties will be added to the high demand rate: Copper Falls, Council Grounds, Governor Dodge, High Cliff, Newport, Pattison and Potawatomi state parks.

"The Wisconsin State Park System depends on revenues from camping and admission stickers to maintain the safe, quality outdoor experience that Wisconsin visitors demand and value," said Bill Smith, acting director of the Bureau of Parks and Recreation.

"Camping fees are also used to maintain state park and forest campgrounds, beaches, showers facilities and picnic areas and support interpretive programs lead by naturalists, protective services provided by rangers and resource management activities within the property."

Camping fees for residents will range between $9 and $15 per night, depending upon the property.

Vehicle admission stickers are also required for overnight camping and other park/forest use. A resident annual admission is $25; a non-resident annual admission is $35.

Annual admission stickers provide access to all Wisconsin State Parks and Forests in the system throughout the calendar year. Daily and one hour stickers are also available.

Admission stickers can be purchased at any park or forest or can be ordered at (608) 266-2181.

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