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Old 02-02-2015, 11:25 AM   #1
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MA State Park Fee Increase

Curious to know how everyone in the MA area feels about the increase in the State Parks as of 2-1-2015. Just went on to Reserve America to book a site at Salisbury Beach State Reservation. Rates have increased and there is now a $6.00 fee for electric, a $4.00 fee for water, & a $2.00 land trust fee. Rates have almost doubled in MA State Parks. To camp at a State Park now is just slightly below the cost of a regular campground.
We are on a fixed income & could only afford State Parks, now it seems like we can't even afford that!!
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Old 02-02-2015, 11:42 AM   #2
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Someone's gotta feed the pig. Welcome to Taxachusetts. At least it smells like a user fee, rather than a tax. I don't have a problem with it if the money actually goes to the parks. Of course, this is Mass, and the money will probably go to hiring the BIL of a state legislator at MassParks.
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If the state park camping fees were lower, they would have more older campers and the parks might even make more money.
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Old 02-03-2015, 08:01 AM   #5
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If the state park camping fees were lower, they would have more older campers and the parks might even make more money.
GreyGhost...not sure where you are from...but if you ever tried to go this or the other park down the road(Bourne Sienic).....you can hardly ever get in...so, the state and city of Bourne..know they have a cash cow and won't miss a dollar..Chuck
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Bourne is almost all seasonals now. Very little room for us transients.
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Bourne is almost all seasonals now. Very little room for us transients.
A funny twist on "seasonal" though. It's mostly permanent Cape Cod residents who rent out their S&B for the summer. Pays the mortgage for the year.
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Most state parks cost more than that (New York & Vermont are examples) and do not offer electric hook-ups or water connections at sites. The $12 total fee seems like a bargain to this retired camper also on a fixed income.
Electric, water and land all come at a cost.
If campers don't pay who will??
No such thing as a free lunch.

I'd consider $12 per night a bargain.
Try to find a campground in New York or Vermont for less than $18 a night (no hook-up) at any state park.
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I believe the $12 in fees is additional to the sire fee that you pay. I don't camp in the state parks with the trailer as there don't have full hookups but do get a group site from time to time for my scout troop. That fee is usually $25 a night, will have to look to see if that went up.
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MA State Park Fee Increase

We have found that State Parks everywhere from WA to NC to MA are having to carry their own weight, and I suspect in MA they're also being asked to subsidize Mass Health, which is probably near bankrupt.

And katedltn... except for those who can simply decide to increase their own allowance (very few), EVERYONE is on a fixed income.
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It would be great if the rate was $12.00. That is the increase. Out of staters now pay $39.00 per night!
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Hampton beach state park is just 2 miles north of Salisbury and they get $50.00. Worth every penny. Peter from Maine.
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Take a look at google earth. There aren't any campgrounds situated this close to the beach in New England except Arcadia and the little one in Hampton. By the way, these state parks were designed for "camping". You know, with "tents". They aren't rv parks. Salisbury was the exception with sites for your popup or huge 16 foot TT. ��. By the way, Pearl Hill has sites that will accommodate a 35 footer for $17 a nite; no hookups tho.

(WARNING!!! (OLD GUY STORY AHEAD!!!)
Back in the late '50's us kids would scratch around in the dunes finding cartridges and live 40 caliber rounds��. The beach was used as a practice range for WWII. There were also a few artillery foundations in the dunes as well.
(END OLD GUY STORY). ��
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We've camped at Salisbury many times, even hosted there once. They have sites that will take 40' easily, and some bigger than that. That's a shame they've upped the fees like that, but I'm not surprised. One of the reasons that it's hard to get in is that like so many other things, the rules aren't enforced. There is supposed to be a 2wk limit on stays at any Mass State Park for prime season. So you can stay a TOTAL of 2wks at Salisbury, and a TOTAL of 2wks at another park, etc. People at Salisbury book their 2wks, then their brother books the next 2wks, then their wife, then their son, etc etc. So there are familys and rigs that stay on the same site, all season long, and everyone there knows it. AND...it would be easy to fix/monitor. Do it by PLATE NUMBER, not by name. Rhode Island has some great spots, but they are tough to get into as well, especially during prime season. We stayed at Charlestown Breachway several times OFF SEASON. No hookups, but you can go about a mile away to a different state park and dump/fill water if you want.
Other than that, make the long haul up to Stueben, Maine, and stay at the Maine Ayre Campground. It's waterfront, and pure rustic Maine. No pool, not much of a playground, but beautiful views of Joy Cove and very close to Winter Harbor, the OTHER part of Acadia National Park that no one goes too

P.S. While hosting there, they blew a transformer, which caused damage to several campers/motorhomes. Over $4500 in damage to ours. The state refused our claim because we were HOSTS. Other campers were reimbursed. As hosts, you sign a waiver for any/all damages to your rig while you're there. Go figure.


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Take a look at google earth. There aren't any campgrounds situated this close to the beach in New England except Arcadia and the little one in Hampton. By the way, these state parks were designed for "camping". You know, with "tents". They aren't rv parks. Salisbury was the exception with sites for your popup or huge 16 foot TT. ��. By the way, Pearl Hill has sites that will accommodate a 35 footer for $17 a nite; no hookups tho.

(WARNING!!! (OLD GUY STORY AHEAD!!!)
Back in the late '50's us kids would scratch around in the dunes finding cartridges and live 40 caliber rounds��. The beach was used as a practice range for WWII. There were also a few artillery foundations in the dunes as well.
(END OLD GUY STORY). ��
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