John Day River Proposed Boater Permit Fee
December 2012 Update
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Prineville District Office is proposing a new boater special recreation permit fee (SRP) for the Wild and Scenic sections of the John Day River between Service Creek (River Mile 157) and Tumwater Falls (River Mile 10). The fee would apply to day and overnight trips (floats) during the peak use season of May 20 to July10 and would begin in 2014.
The BLM, Prineville District is reviewing options to add a non-refundable special recreation permit fee for the 2014 John Day River (JDR) season. After reviewing the fees charged on other rivers in Oregon and the United States with comparable experiences, the preferred fee for the JDR is:
- $15/person per launch for overnight trips up to 14 days
- $7.50/person per launch for a day-use trip
The BLM's goal is to invest 100% of recreation fee receipts in the John Day River Recreation Area facilities, services, and programs related directly to visitor enjoyment, visitor access, and health and safety.
Prineville District is looking at a fee because it has been receiving fewer recreation funds over the past five years and that declining trend is expected to continue. While it is receiving less allocated recreation funding, the District will continue to put the same percentage of allocated recreation funds into JDR management. This means that the District will not shift allocated recreation funding for the JDR to another area, while expecting boater fees to cover management costs.
The fee is authorized by the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act, and the amount is based on operation and maintenance costs. Fees could help pay for services such as:
- boat-in campsite clean-up
- launch/take-out site staffing during the boating season
- garbage service at Clarno and Cottonwood take-outs
- improved facilities
- staffing for increased public contacts
Fees will protect the John Day Wild and Scenic River by supporting the management of recreation use, reducing user conflicts, informing users, gathering use information, and protecting natural and cultural resources. Prineville District will continue to look for partnerships, grants, and in-kind assistance to help manage the river.
To provide comments or learn more, contact:
Prineville District BLM
Attn: Recreation Fee Program
3050 NE 3rd Street
Prineville, OR 97754
Or email BLM_OR_PR_JDRiver_Study@blm.gov with "fee proposal" in the title.
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