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Old 06-30-2016, 06:50 AM   #31
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Same deal as ReserveAmerica down here, except there is one reservation fee per reservation, verses your per night.
....and ReserveAmerica also has a cancellation fee... $15.50 to reserve and cancel
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Old 06-30-2016, 09:01 AM   #32
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Careful folks please. This thread is not for political discussion. I've taken several posts out. If you want to discuss politics, go out on Facebook
Hi: Donna D... It's really hard to discuss Provincial/State parks without getting political. Politics runs the show... and most of them don't go camping either. We have similar fees here in Ont. and while we love camping in our Provincial parks it's expensive even with my senior's discount!!!
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Old 06-30-2016, 09:44 AM   #33
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On the way back home from the Black Hills a couple years ago we stopped at a South Dakota state park campground. It was about 7 PM in the late fall so darkness was upon us. We tried the reservation phone but it was not working. We set up in a nice site in the near empty campground as had our neighbors across the road. When the ranger came
around the next morning he admonished me for setting up in a reservable site
And pointed out the possible conflict that could have occurred.( Late arrival) I pointed out the fact that the phone did not work. He asked me where my entry sticker was and I told him I had not paid it yet like the camping. He was a little miffed but then asked me where I had been. When I told him Custer State park he knew that park had a week long sticker. I dug it out of the trash in the car and he was pleased we had it. I had broken several rules mostly because their reservation phone did not work. In the end, he toured the Escape and told me thanks for staying with them. Nice guy who was a credit to Rangerism.
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On the way back home from the Black Hills a couple years ago we stopped at a South Dakota state park campground. It was about 7 PM in the late fall so darkness was upon us. We tried the reservation phone but it was not working. We set up in a nice site in the near empty campground as had our neighbors across the road. When the ranger came
around the next morning he admonished me for setting up in a reservable site
And pointed out the possible conflict that could have occurred.( Late arrival) I pointed out the fact that the phone did not work. He asked me where my entry sticker was and I told him I had not paid it yet like the camping. He was a little miffed but then asked me where I had been. When I told him Custer State park he knew that park had a week long sticker. I dug it out of the trash in the car and he was pleased we had it. I had broken several rules mostly because their reservation phone did not work. In the end, he toured the Escape and told me thanks for staying with them. Nice guy who was a credit to Rangerism.
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Old 06-30-2016, 10:33 AM   #35
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Hi: Donna D... It's really hard to discuss Provincial/State parks without getting political. Politics runs the show... and most of them don't go camping either. We have similar fees here in Ont. and while we love camping in our Provincial parks it's expensive even with my senior's discount!!!

I don't/won't have a facebook acct. so that's out for me. "I walk the line". Alf

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I agree the discussion of camping fees overlaps into a discussion of how governments run state and national parks. My comment was simply stating an opinion that there's a mentality among many government officials that the campgrounds are theirs, and they Jack up fees with no regard to actual operating expenses, but rather, use them to cover revenue shortfalls in other areas. As campers, we should make our voices heard on the subject.

It didn't mention parties, political affiliations or candidates. It was specifically addressing the "rip-off" that's part of the title of this thread.

If that view violates forum rules and gets deleted, so be it. Wouldn't be the first time I've stepped in it.


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Old 06-30-2016, 11:37 AM   #36
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Iowa has a very extensive system of county parks and some Corps of Engineers facilities. Some years ago the DNR instituted a park entry fee. They projected the revenue this fee would generate based on previous years traffic counts. Resistance was so great that state park attendance fell drastically. County parks filled the gap and for years, even after the entry fee was repealed, state park attendance numbers were depressed. This resulted in lower camping revenues and fewer fishing licenses being sold.. County parks revenue for camping and attendance at nature center programs went way up. People will vote with their dollars.
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Old 06-30-2016, 11:39 AM   #37
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Holy Cow! All the things you need to know about camping and yet I don't! I didn't have a clue about all these ins and outs of camping and making reservations. Jeez!

So, is there a Camping Reservation 101 tutorial somewhere?

Kind of joking there, but kind of serious as well.

And I agree with one comment, if you're not there the first day, your entire reservation gets cancelled and your fees should not be refunded.

Kind of sad that post with the Minister's (or whomever) address was removed. I thought it was great that person posted the contact information. Taxes and fees are a fact of life and I don't consider comments posted on them to be political. Now, if folks are stating who they're voting for and why so-and-so is an idiot (as a candidate or as a voter), then yeah, those posts shouldn't be allowed.

Awhile ago Dirk and I were talking about when we get the trailer and we commented that most of our camping might very well be during the week, definitely not on holiday weekends and maybe not so much during the summer. Some of it due to idiot campers and now maybe due to the reservation processes. Dang!
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Old 06-30-2016, 11:50 AM   #38
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Kind of sad that post with the Minister's (or whomever) address was removed.
That wasn't removed. See post #13
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Old 06-30-2016, 11:57 AM   #39
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That wasn't removed. See post #13
oops, my mistake! And I looked over the posts twice to see if I could figure out what was removed. Guess I need new glasses! Ack! thanks for pointing that out, Donna. Jeez Louise.

I can see we have a huge learning curve in regards to making and getting reservations! I need to start figuring out places to stay for the winter whale migration along the Oregon Coast, so I guess I'd better start doing that now instead of later.
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Nifty trick campers have been using here to secure a site for a long weekend is, when booking opens for the week ahead of the holiday, they reserve for a week and a half to cover the holiday. A couple days later, they cancel the first part and just keep the long weekend. They do pay a penalty for cancellation. This gets them a booking before those who think they have to wait for the holiday opening.
Did you mean that there are 'holiday openings' that differ from regular openings?
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