Fish Creek fee changes in the works

The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests are interested in receiving public comments on a proposal to increase the fee at one campground, and implement a new fee at two campgrounds, three group sites and four cabin/lookout rentals.

Through this proposal, if implemented, two cabins and two lookouts will be available for public rental, adding to the Forest’s recreation rental program. They will also bring several campgrounds, group sites and a dump station into alignment with other sites offering similar benefits and services. While these sites have historically been free, the forest has invested in items such as; potable water; increasing recreation site capacity and amenities, such as group sites and shelters; improved toilet facilities; and new picnic tables and other infrastructure.

A reasonable fee, paid by users of these sites and services, will help ensure that the Forest can continue maintaining and improving the sites for future generations.

Among the sites at which the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests is proposing to charge fees is the Fish Creek Group Site on the Salmon River Ranger District. The proposed fee is $25 per night with a maximum capacity of 75 and 20 vehicles. Advance reservations for this site will be available through the National Recreation Reservation System.

Forest managers will be accepting comments until Oct. 14. Contact Diana Jones at (208) 476-8239. Mail: Diana Jones, Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests, 12730 U.S. Highway 12, Orofino, ID 83544. Comments will be seen by the Coeur d’Alene Bureau of Land Management Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) prior to final decision.

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