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Old 10-01-2014, 08:13 AM   #29
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Wisconsin requires a non resident park pass ($35) ,a daily camping fee which varies from park to park ($15 to $19), $5 / day electrical fee and a $2/day surcharge on non resident camping fees plus a $9 non refundable reservation fee if you make reservations . There is a loophole which I recently learned about from a very nice Wisconsin Park Ranger. There are certain Wisconsin State Parks where you can camp overnight (one Night) while traveling without having to purchase a $35 park pass and they have set aside camp sites for this purpose. Devils Lake SP is an example . I had never read about this program in any of the Wisconsin park literature or on any of the websites so it may be one of those things they do not advertise and you need to ask .
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Old 10-01-2014, 08:15 AM   #30
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What are the 'good' states that still have free reservations, I'll change my route....

To the best of my knowledge, Florida, Alabama, & Georgia State Parks do not charge “reservation fees”. Florida & Georgia are on Reserve America, Alabama I just called the Parks directly. We are just starting out on our FGRV escapades staying at State Parks to get our feet wet. As we progress and my boondocking mods (Solar) are completed on the Scamp, I intend to become more adventurous in our accommodations. There is definitely a lot to be said for being flexible, and self-contained!
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Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife has installed their own online reservation system. I'm pretty sure there's no "additional reservation charge" for making a camping reservation at one of the Texas State Parks. You do have to pay for the first night when you book it, and there's a charge if you cancel, but it's a reasonable amount.

From a recent TxDPW reservation confirmation PDF:

Looks like they may have been charging a reservation fee originally though - From the TOWD: State Park Reservations webpage

" New - There is no longer a $3 administrative fee charged to make a web reservation"

Wish our BC Government would take a clue from that... there $18 reservation charge for 3 nights of camping is just plain and simple over the top!
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Old 10-01-2014, 11:14 AM   #32
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As many have suggested, IMHO anyway, "Reserve and then Cancel" is a bad idea....

As a result, those that want to make use of a facility are denied access, basically "waiting" for someone to make a decision about when and where they want to camp.

I have talked with all to many campers that routinely make overlapping reservations at 2-3 locations, often in two or three different names, and then cancel the unwanted ones at the last minute simply because the penalties are fairly low. To them it seems that their convenience trumps inconvenience to others.
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I booked most of campsites in advance for our 2014 summer trip. This was my experience relative to booking/transaction/reservation fees:

Alberta Provincial Campgrounds - $12 transaction fee
Montana State Campgrounds - $9 transaction fee
Utah State Park Campgrounds - $8 transaction fee
BC Parks Campgrounds - $6 transaction fee
US National Park Campgrounds - $0 transaction fees
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Thought perhaps I might be able to find that someone has already put together a website with a list of state park reservation fees but couldn't find one. So this thread may be as good as it gets. LOL

Here are a few other states that charge a reservation fee - info taken from their websites:

Minnesota: A non-refundable reservation fee - $10.00 for call center/$8.50 for web is charged for each reservation.

New York State: $9.00 for campsites reservation fee - non-refundable.

Main: $2 per site, per night for reservations.

Montana: $10 reservation fee, for each site reserved, is non-refundable, non-transferable.

Utah: $8 non-refundable reservation fee is charged for each site reserved.

Colorado: $10 reservation fee will be charged per reservation.

Nebraska: $7 reservation fee

Idaho: $10.00 Reservation fee for individual campsites,

Iowa: $4 per campsite via the Internet or $6 per reservation via call center.

Kentucky:$7.50 Reservation fee for campsites

Ohio: $8.25 reservation fee for campsites
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I booked most of campsites in advance for our 2014 summer trip. This was my experience relative to booking/transaction/reservation fees:

Alberta Provincial Campgrounds - $12 transaction fee
Montana State Campgrounds - $9 transaction fee
Utah State Park Campgrounds - $8 transaction fee
BC Parks Campgrounds - $6 transaction fee
US National Park Campgrounds - $0 transaction fees
Dave you need to read the BC Parks policy carefully that $6 fee for reservations is PER NIGHT not per reservation!!! Yup hard to believe.... up to a max of $18's though.... When implemented it was a real hot topic here as to why it is so out of line with camping reservation fees in the rest of NA!
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Dave you need to read the BC Parks policy carefully that $6 fee for reservations is PER NIGHT not per reservation!!! Yup hard to believe.... up to a max of $18's though.... When implemented it was a real hot topic here as to why it is so out of line with camping reservation fees in the rest of NA!
The BC Park sites I have reserved recently were single nights only, so I was not subjected to the "per night" reservation fee. Alberta reservation fees are also very high. These fees have very little validity, and are just another money grab by respective governments.
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The BC Park sites I have reserved recently were single nights only, so I was not subjected to the "per night" reservation fee.
So you weren't charged the $6 reservation fee???
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Thought perhaps I might be able to find that someone has already put together a website with a list of state park reservation fees but couldn't find one. So this thread may be as good as it gets. LOL

Here are a few other states that charge a reservation fee - info taken from their websites:

Minnesota: A non-refundable reservation fee - $10.00 for call center/$8.50 for web is charged for each reservation.

New York State: $9.00 for campsites reservation fee - non-refundable.

Main: $2 per site, per night for reservations.

Montana: $10 reservation fee, for each site reserved, is non-refundable, non-transferable.

Utah: $8 non-refundable reservation fee is charged for each site reserved.

Colorado: $10 reservation fee will be charged per reservation.

Nebraska: $7 reservation fee

Idaho: $10.00 Reservation fee for individual campsites,

Iowa: $4 per campsite via the Internet or $6 per reservation via call center.

Kentucky:$7.50 Reservation fee for campsites

Ohio: $8.25 reservation fee for campsites

What are the corresponding per night fees though? If the camping fee is reasonable and these “reservation” fees are just the cost of doing business maybe they are not so bad. Perhaps the State contracts with an outside private vender for the reservation service and this was the fee negotiated? I am not defending it just trying to see where all the fee comes from. Maybe we are all paying it but it is just hidden in the campsite fee? I know I thought Alabama’s fees were a little steep but most of their sites had sewer and cable TV or Wi-Fi that I do not use and did not want to pay for. Florida is cheaper but no TV or sewer so maybe it is all relative. All the more reason to boondock I guess.
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So you weren't charged the $6 reservation fee???
That is not quite what I meant. Because my stays were single nights, I was charged only the $6 fee. I was not aware that it was $6/night and that if I had booked for 3 nights, the fee would have been $18.
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If they use Reserve America there is a fee included in the price.
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Suggestion about Recreation.gov

If you use recreation.gov it might be a good idea before reserving or getting discouraged because there's no site available check with owning agency. I just looked at a site in Oregon recreation.gov said no site sites met my criteria and none were available. Upon checking with the US Forest Service web sit, that campground was free and first come first serve.

Check resources before spending money.
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i was at big bend last january with no reservations. had no problem finding a nice site...there were quite a few available.

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