Kansas wants to take over COE parks
There was an item in the KC Star last week that Kansas wants to take over the COE camping areas. Reducing costs is cited as the reason saying there are duplications where there is a state park on one side and a COE at the same lake. The regional COE office was not real warm on the proposal so the governor has asked for the issue to be moved "up". And what would change? Now, at Melvern Lake for example, COE full hook up, $20 (full price). At Eisenhower State park across the lake: daily vehicle fee $5 (that's $10 for MH and towed), camping fee $8, prime site (no idea) $2, electric add $7.50, W/E, 9.50, W/E/S 10.50 and a transaction fee $3.00 (a thanks for letting us take your money). So state fees with full hookups, $31.50 non-prime site (186 elect, 81 W/E, 36 W/E/S).
To be fair, we have stayed at KS state parks and they are not bad but not as nice as COE. For residents, there are annual camping permits and vehicle permits which are much cheaper than daily for someone who camps at state parks a lot. Casual and out-of-state campers are not so lucky. Maybe it's when the KDWPT staff looks and sees the COE across the lake booked and think maybe they want a piece of that action.
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