Campers will pay higher fees next year in Nebraska state parks
LINCOLN — Campers will pay more for a spot or a room at Nebraska state parks next year.
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission approved a staff recommendation Friday that will raise fees on tent and recreational vehicle spots as well as indoor lodging and meeting facilities at state parks starting Jan. 1.
The increases will raise about $2 million in new revenue, which will be used to upgrade sites and help address a $76 million maintenance backlog at state parks.
The commission also adopted a new five-tier system for categorizing and pricing camp sites so consistent fees can be maintained at parks across the state.
Fees for primitive Tier 1 tent sites will increase from $8 to $10, and a new $35 fee was set for full-service Tier 5 sites.
The parks division was granted authority to add a $5 or $10 surcharge to designated “prime” sites, a relatively small number of spots with the prettiest views and the highest demand from campers.
The commission also raised fees on cabins, lodges and meeting rooms at popular state parks such as Fort Robinson, Niobrara, Ponca, Eugene T. Mahoney and Platte River.
Camping at Smith Falls along the Niobrara River will increase from $5 to $8 per person, and $2 increases would be added to campsites at Lake McConaughy to help pay for a long-term $20 million upgrade at the popular destination.