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State Park Entrance Fees On The Rise


Entrance fees for Indiana State Parks are on the rise.

A series of price increases take effect next week.

Indiana Department of Natural Resources spokesman Phil Bloom says the fee hike is due to higher operational costs.

"We're looking to generate some additional revenues," says Bloom. "Parks are not only an important quality of life destination for Hoosiers but they're also a key contributor to the state's economy."

Bloom says daily entrance fees will increase from $5 per vehicle to $7 for Indiana residents, and season passes will go from $40 to $50.

He says state park inn room rates will rise by $2 a night, and camping sites will increase $4 a night.

Bloom says it’s the first increase in these fees since 2006.

He says user fees pay 70 percent of the state parks’ operating costs.

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