Hobble Creek Campground. Photo BTNF.

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Bridger-Teton National Forest today announced proposed fee hikes at most campgrounds and rental cabins it manages.

Citing increased operational and maintenance costs, as well as numerous improvements to many overnight camping areas, forest officials say the rate hikes are necessary.

“Visitor use fees for campgrounds and rental cabins on the forest have not been raised since the early 1990s,” forest officials stated in a press release.

Improvements at campgrounds over the past several years have included amenities like new vault toilets, bear-resistant food storage or trash receptacles, picnic table replacement or refurbishing, and water system updates. In addition, some rental cabins have also been equipped with new flooring, windows, stoves, refrigerators, furniture, and heaters.

“These fee increases are only proposed at this stage. A final decision regarding these fee increases will be made after further analysis and public comment,” the BTNF said.

The BTNF is soliciting comments on a proposal to increase fees, or charge new fees at several campgrounds and rental cabins on the Kemmerer, Big Piney, Blackrock, and Pinedale Ranger Districts. Most of these campgrounds and rental cabins have been available for recreation use by the public for over 30 years. Campgrounds on the forest are typically open May through September, while rental cabins may be open year-round.

After a review of visitor use data and fee collection information for existing fee campgrounds and rental cabins on the forest, officials determined public need and demand for the variety of recreation opportunities these facilities provide is on the rise while current fees are insufficient to adequately maintain these facilities for public use.

Some of the fee increases result in a doubling of current rates. Forest officials say market analysis indicates that the proposed fees are both “reasonable and acceptable” for the type of recreation experience they provide on the National Forest.

The following campgrounds and rental cabins are included in this proposal for fee increases:

Site Name Ranger District Current Fee Proposed Fee
Hams Fork Campground Kemmerer $7.00 $10.00
Hobble Creek Campground Kemmerer $7.00 $10.00
Kelley Guard Station Kemmerer $30.00 $60.00
La Barge Guard Station Kemmerer $30.00 $60.00
Hoback Guard Station Big Piney $30.00 $80.00
Sacajawea Campground Big Piney $7.00 $10.00
Snyder Guard Station Big Piney $30.00 $60.00
Boulder Lake Campground Pinedale $7.00 $12.00
Fremont Lake Campground: Single Pinedale $12.00 $15.00
Fremont Lake Campground: Double Pinedale $24.00 $30.00
Fremont Lake Group Site Pinedale $35.00 $50.00
Half Moon Lake Campground Pinedale $7.00 $12.00
New Fork Lake Campground Pinedale $7.00 $12.00
Proposed New Fee Sites
Middle Piney Lake Campground Big Piney $10.00
Willow Lake Campground Pinedale $10.00
Sagebrush Cowboy Cabin Blackrock $40.00

At this time, comments are being accepted on this new fee increase proposal. Please send your comments to: Cindy Stein, Forest Recreation Program Manager, P.O. Box 220, Pinedale, WY 82941, or by email to cindy.stein@usda.gov with “BT Recreation Fee Proposal” as the subject line. Comments will be until taken until August 31, 2019.

Photos of campgrounds and rental cabins included in this fee increase proposal can be found on the Bridger-Teton National Forest webpage.

If approved, the proposed fee increases would begin in the spring of 2020. Reservations for campgrounds and rental cabins can be made via toll free number (877) 444-6777 or online at www.recreation.gov.