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Old 02-13-2016, 12:35 PM   #1
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Camping fees, permits, discounts

In anticipation of going camping/traveling later this year, I'm trying to get things lined up way ahead of time so I'm not rushing around at the last minute (per my usual routine).

What all will I need in terms of permits, passes, fees or whatever?

Will I need to get one for the National Parks? Is that a yearly pass? Do you need it every time you camp at a National Park? If you don't have it, is there a separate fee on top of the usual per night fee?

Same with State Parks. I'm assuming I need to get one for every state I camp in - if I plan to camp there often (such as WA/OR/ID as they're close). Is that also a yearly pass? What if you don't have one? Another additional fee?

What about for Canada? Is there a permit for their National Parks? And for the Provincial Parks?

Do you get a discount at any of these places if you have those permits?

I know you can get a yearly membership for KOA and I did that for my motorhome rental last spring and it saved me enough to pay for itself and a bit more. Are there other places worthwhile in getting a membership to?

And what's the deal with the Good Sam club? I see their ads in Trailer Life all the time. I figured out they're affiliated with Camping World and the ownership of the magazine. And that you get a discount at CW if you have a membership with them. But other than that, I don't know what all is involved with it.

Thanks much folks! This camping/traveling/trailer life is all new to us and we have lots to learn.
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Old 02-13-2016, 12:38 PM   #2
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Good questions. I'm all ears.
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Old 02-13-2016, 12:47 PM   #3
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Good Sam membership will get you a small discount at some commercial parks, similar to what you found with KOA (except KOA parks are KOA parks and Good Sam parks are only loosely affiliated).

The US National Parks Senior Pass is $11, good for as long as you can find it, and must be 62 years old to get/use one. Discounts vary, but it is an Extremely Good Value. (Free entrance, half price camping, that sort of thing.) I understand their handicap-Access pass is even better, but you'd have to read up on it at their website to see what it takes to qualify.

State parks passes are probably all different. In Texas, it's an annual pass, is pretty pricey ($70) and I wouldn't bother with one if I didn't live here. It does waive the park entrance fee for everyone in the car, but the camping discount is minimal.

Others will prolly weigh in on park systems closer to you, but you can also check the websites for the areas you're interested in (and report your findings here!)
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For National Parks there is the Golden Age Pass, (or what ever name they've now given it), lifetime pass for seniors, 62 and older, and there is a one time $11 fee. Washington State Parks offers the resident Senior Citizen “Off Season Pass” valid October 1st through April, (for April it's good only from Sunday through Thursday), and you can dry camp free or pay $10 a night for power. I believe it costs $70. In Washington if you are a resident and have a handicap placard the daily fees are reduced by 50%. I did some checking for Oregon, California and Idaho but didn't find any discounts with the exception of permanently disabled veterans.

I know Oregon has an annual pass for day use parks which costs something like $15. If you plan to spend time in Oregon it's definitely worth the money.
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I know Oregon has an annual pass for day use parks which costs something like $15. If you plan to spend time in Oregon it's definitely worth the money.
In Oregon you don't need the day use pass IF you're camping. It's included in the site fees. Oregon doesn't charge non-residents MORE to camp unlike other states. Washington has just about priced me out...
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Old 02-13-2016, 01:19 PM   #6
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I should mention that I'm 58 and Dirk is 54, so we're nowhere near qualifying for a senior pass.

But that info could be helpful to others.
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New Mexico offers an annual pass that would save you money if you plan to stay in New Mexico for more than 3 or 4 weeks during a year.
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For those that are retired military, civilian DOD. The campgrounds on the military bases are quite nice and very reasonable. Scott

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For park / permit / fee info for that beautiful country up north, google Parks Canada. Their website has a ton of information regarding national and provincial campgrounds.
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We have the national park annual pass, for non geezers, 70 or $80 a year for free admission but not camping. Good if you are doing a.number of parks, think entrance fee was $25 per park.
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