Just when you thought it was safe to start having fun again…Indiana State Park fees are rising by $2 per vehicle. Effective as of Wednesday, May 13, 2015, visitors to most Indiana state parks will have to pay an additional two bucks to enter. And, it doesn’t stop there – because a series of other price increases also went into effect on Wednesday. Luckily, the state isn’t in charge of your auto insurance.
In fairness, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources says the increases, which are the first fee overhaul since 2006, is in response to the parks’ rising operating costs. A recurring theme in most states – as costs increase – so must entrance fees. It only makes sense. The IDNR points out that user fees pay about 70 percent of state park operational costs, with the rest coming from Indiana’s General Fund.
As previously mentioned, there are more price increases to be aware of for your upcoming trip to an Indiana state park.
Below are some of those fee changes:
- Entrance fees will increase from the current $5 to $7 per in-state registered vehicle and from $7 to $9 for out-of-state vehicles at most state parks and at three state recreational areas with gated entrances.
- Out-of-state admission to Indiana Dunes State Park will go up from $10 to $12,
- Most camping sites will rise by $4 and rooms at the state park inns will do so by $2. Meanwhile, state forest primitive camping will increase by $2.
- Annual passes will go from the current $40 to $50.
- Annual motorized boat launch permits will rise from $22 to $25.
Other considered changes, from mountain bike permits to equestrian fees, would go into effect July 1, 2015 or November 1, 2015, pending their approval by the state’s Natural Resources Commission. More information on all the fee changes for 2015 can be found at stateparks.IN.gov/2391.htm.
After all, the increases are more than fair to keep Indiana state parks open and beautiful for everyone to enjoy. So, with the warm summer months approaching, don’t let a couple of bucks come between you and having fun.
The same can also be said about auto insurance. Don’t let the price of your coverage keep you from enjoying your summer because you can’t afford it. Make sure you’re getting the best rate on your Indiana auto insurance. Why not get a free auto insurance quote today?
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