U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
|Release Date: 05/29/09|
Camping fee adjustments announced
KREMMLING, Colo. – Visitors to the Bureau of Land Management Pumphouse and Radium recreation areas on the Upper Colorado River will notice some changes in day-use fee requirements beginning this weekend.
All vehicles at the recreation sites will now pay the $3 day-use fee. The first vehicle in a camping area will pay the camping fee ($10 at Pumphouse, $6 at Radium), which includes the day-use fee. This was the original fee structure authorized in 1998.
For the past several years, an exception for the $3 day-use fee was allowed for a second vehicle at an individual campsite, or three additional vehicles at a group campsite.
Additionally, group campsites at Pumphouse and Radium will now follow the same fee structure as individual sites. The $30 fee for group campsites will be eliminated.
“These are not new fees, just a return to what was originally authorized in 1998,” said Kremmling Field Manager Dave Stout. “Our motivation is not to generate more revenue, but to simplify the fee structure so it will be easier for the public to understand and for BLM to enforce.”
Given the adjustment of the day-use fee requirement and the group-campsite fees, BLM doesn’t expect much change from the current revenue generated at these sites.
Last year 46,353 people visited the fee sites, but only 2,649 visitors camped. Most visitors were day users who floated the Colorado River from Pumphouse to Radium. More than $52,000 was generated from the use-fees in 2008.
BLM began charging use-fees at these areas in 1998 under the Recreation Fee Demonstration Program. Revenue generated from these fees is used for maintenance and to improve these sites. A major renovation of the Pumphouse Campground scheduled for this summer, for instance, is being partly funded by these user fees.
For additional information, log on to www.blm.gov or call (970) 724-3000. Reservations for the group campsites can be made at this number as well.
Public Affairs Specialist, Northwest Colorado
Bureau of Land Management
50629 Highway 6 & 24
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2012, activities on public lands generated $4.6 billion in revenue, much of which was shared with the States where the activities occurred. In addition, public lands contributed more than $112 billion to the U.S. economy and helped support more than 500,000 jobs.
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|Last updated: 06-08-2009|
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