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VNP seeking input on fees for group campsites

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In 2005 the park developed two 30-person group campsites in accordance with the Voyageurs National Park General Management Plan.

One site is on Rainy Lake and the other site is on Kabetogama Lake. The park built these sites to accommodate large groups who visit the park and want to camp together.

Prior to building the group sites, the largest campsites accommodated up to 18 people. Each group campsite has seven tent pads, four food lockers, one enclosed unisex comfort station with vault toilet, docking for eight to ten boats, one to two fire rings, picnic tables, and scenic vistas. Each site has a wheelchair-accessible core area with accompanying facilities.

Voyageurs National Park will use an Internet reservation service for the two group campsites for the 2006 visitor season. The park will pay the commission fee for this service as an interim measure.

Starting in May 2007, however, we propose to charge $35 a night for the use of each of the group campsites. The fee charged by the park will cover the costs of using the reservation service and managing a fee collection program. The park will use any remaining fees for the maintenance of the group sites.

The proposed fee is based on a comparison of fees charged for similar group campsites by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, USDA Forest Service, and other National Park Service sites.

Please send your written comments about this proposal to Kathleen Przybylski at Voyageurs National Park, 3131 Highway 53, International Falls, MN 56649 or by email to Kathleen_Przybylski@nps.gov by Thursday, April 27, 2006.

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