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Old 05-31-2005, 11:18 AM   #1
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Hi there, I was wondering what kind of fees are usual where you are. I was reading an interesting thread on another forum (which shall remain nameless) and I was quite shocked at the prices that were being mentioned, upwards of $40 US/night plus extra fees for more than two people!! I would say the rates around here range from $10-$25 CAD a night depending on whether they are unserviced or not. That is per camping "unit" , there may be a very small fee to put up a tent for your kids.
Also, we have never paid a fee for using a dump station. I am not aware of any around here that charge.

I just thought it was an interesting subject!
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Hi there, I was wondering what kind of fees are usual where you are. I was reading an interesting thread on another forum (which shall remain nameless) and I was quite shocked at the prices that were being mentioned, upwards of $40 US/night plus extra fees for more than two people!! I would say the rates around here range from $10-$25 CAD a night depending on whether they are unserviced or not. That is per camping "unit" , there may be a very small fee to put up a tent for your kids.
Also, we have never paid a fee for using a dump station. I am not aware of any around here that charge.

I just thought it was an interesting subject!
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Old 05-31-2005, 02:34 PM   #3
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it indeed might be partially a geographic issue.
some of the RV parks we've visited here in crowded SoCal can easily command $40 if they are on a lake or have some other natural 'treasure' or have the word 'luxery' in their name.
But some of the FatDog's favorite quick getaways while still within our local area are the county or state parks. These are priced at half that cost, or less. True, they may not have a store selling toothpaste and maybe no blaring loudspeakers or noisy square-dance at 6pm, but they do offer solace and quite often real interesting nature exhibits (and still small sites.)
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Old 05-31-2005, 03:13 PM   #4
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I've stayed at many Army Corps of Engineer parks, Forestry Service parks, Blue Ridge Parkway sites, State Parks, National Parks, etc., and usually pay from $10 to $25. Often, with my Golden Access card, many will offer a 50% discount.

Private parks usually run from $18 to $30 around these parts with most falling in the mid $20's range. IMHO, a park charging over $40 is expensive and I tend to shy away from them if possible. However, some of those higher priced parks offer a lot of amenities for your money and if you're not price conscious, you can really have an enjoyable experience at them.
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Old 05-31-2005, 05:41 PM   #5
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OK, here is another question, around here we have private campgrounds, provincial and national campgrounds. What are Army Corps of Engineer, Blue Ridge and Forestry Service?
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Old 06-03-2005, 06:19 AM   #6
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Jen:

Same thing basically! Army Corp of Eng. is land areas administered by these folks, often associated with dams and canals, Blue Ridge is State run along the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway and Forestry Service if parks run by this Federal org.

Unfortunatly, the Golden Eagle and Golden Access Cards refered to are NOT available to us Canadians.

You are fortunate un that where you live, a relatively short drive should allow you to find boondocking locations, something that is just about non existant in Ontario and Quebec, even in the boonies!
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Old 06-03-2005, 12:31 PM   #7
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Private CG's in our area seem to run in the $30-35/nite range; low end for just w/e, higher for full & even more if you want (& they have) cable. The KOA's are certainly more expensive, as previous posts have eluded to, charging extra for all sorts of things. Our OH state parks run in the mid-$20/nite for electric h/u, although you can still get prices in the teens if you're willing to go primitive. As more put in full h/u's, prices are heading to what private CG's charge. Discount cards are available for purchase to ease the costs a bit.
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Last week I stayed at a GA State Park and with my senior citizen discount, I paid less than $20/night. Each site had water and electricity but no sewer; however, there was a dump site on the way out of the park.
By the way, if you want a beautiful park on the GA Coast, visit Ft. McAllister SP or Jekyll Island SP. Both are really nice parks, although you may want to visit in late fall, winter, or early spring - the gnats and deer flies really can bite.
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In the "Pretty, Great State of Utah" the state parks fees are $20.00 full hookups (no cable), the Forest service units run around $12.00 per night, common water, no hookups, sewer dump at most of them. Commerical I have no idea, we don't stay at those very often.
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Hi,

I see in our area most private campgrounds charge anywhere from $30-45 a night for 2. Then they add $2-6 per child per night. There are a couple that we used to go to that now cost as much as a hotel room-one was about $65. It's sad that they are doing this, it has made me more cautious about booking in somewhere because it shouldn't cost me $120 for two nights camping. When we started camping 20 years ago, fees covered all family members.

Another new thing I've been seeing is that they are charging you extra to run your A/C-imagine camping in August without it? I don't mind paying a fair price, but there's some campgrounds in my area that we won't go to anymore since they've started to charge for everything and it's too pricey for a family of 5. I resented one that charged me $5 a night when my daughter was 4 months old. Tell me, how much of the facilites was she truly using? To tack on an extra $15 for a family isn't right when it's for 3 kids.

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