Camping Fees?? Really...!!

dryflylarry

"Chasing Riseforms"
#1
OK, so I have lost touch with the realty of camping fees. I've been going to Idaho every fall for 12 years or so. Stay for free along rivers or pay, now, the Senior Access fee of 50% which is usually about $6. But, dedided to take my g-friend to Grayland on Thursday and Friday night. We went to the Grayland State Park. The camping fee there was $35! I personally think that is highway robbery and totally outrageous. How can a family afford to go camp?!!! Three days for a $100. I am way out of touch with these camping fees. I guess I'm just used to camping in the woods mostly. Wholly smokes, that's crazy. Might as well rent a motel. I think the motel rate at the Tokeland Motel is $65 a night. When I pulled in I was expecting a $23 camping fee, but, because it's closer to the water than the other nearby state park, they gouge for higher rent. Ridiculous I say. Camping is only for the rich? I call bullshit! Thanks for the rant.
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Jim Wallace

Smells like low tide.
#2
$35 per night? For camping in one of our state parks? That sucks, Larry!
I had no idea that its gotten that high. Wow!
Its no wonder that I read and hear about so many folks trying to camp on the stealth around here.
Sounds like they have figured out the average cost of fuel for a passenger vehicle taking a round trip from the I-5 corridor to the coastal beaches and back, and try to match it. Charging what enough of the people will bear, without leaving too many vacant camp sites.
 

IveofIone

Active Member
#5
I stopped by the local Millpond campsite last week to check out the boat 'launch'. Before driving down to the water I read the bulletin board before going in. The camp is managed by some out of state outfit and is poorly maintained. I have slid my pontoon boat in there numerous times before but now there is a sign stating that it cost $5.00 to launch a boat. There is also a warning that boat trailers are not advised at the launch. I drove on down to see what I got for my $5.00 and what was there was about 25' of mud wallow out to the water. Apparently some guy behind a desk in Kansas or some freakin' place has decreed that launching in that mudhole is worth at least five bucks but has no idea what he is charging for.

No sale. I'll take my Super Fat Cat to the other end of the lake where I can launch for free off of a gravel bank. There are some monstrous browns in that lake but the lack of an adequate ramp and being charged to use said 'ramp' is keeping the fish relatively safe.

Ive
 

dryflylarry

"Chasing Riseforms"
#6
$35 per night? For camping in one of our state parks? That sucks, Larry!
I had no idea that its gotten that high. Wow!
Its no wonder that I read and hear about so many folks trying to camp on the stealth around here.
Sounds like they have figured out the average cost of fuel for a passenger vehicle taking a round trip from the I-5 corridor to the coastal beaches and back, and try to match it. Charging what enough of the people will bear, without leaving too many vacant camp sites.
Yeah Jim, your neighborhood!! Well, heck, we have surfers there now too!!! Probably from California! ;) Camping at Twin Harbors State Park is $23, a lot better deal...... I guess...

And Ive, if you didn't know, most or a lot of the National Forest Campgrounds are run by "private" companies contracted with the US Government. (I personally hate this. I would rather pay someone that is a government employee that once, had some sort of retirement....yeah right...no chance in todays screwed up world.) One of the private companies is HooDoo. For every $10 they make, I'm sure the US Government might get $1.00!!! Any bets on that one? And.....they have "Camp Hosts" that get practically nothing except a "free place" to stay all summer. Wow, what a bargain....
 

Jim Wallace

Smells like low tide.
#9
Larry, I guess that Grayland St Pk is considered a "premier" park, and Twin Harbors is probably just your run of the mill state park. I actually like walking the beach at Twin Harbors better, since it gets decent surf at times, and is only 2 miles to the N of me. Where I live is kind of in the twilight zone. ;) I like to walk it in the Winter and early Spring, usually heading to the north. That stretch is known as Cohasset Beach.
The beach out in front of Grayland St Pk is flatter, and is a better razor clamming beach. Hard to say which is the better surf perch beach, but they have been biting lately.

For day use, my local fave is still Westhaven. I spent a few hours there today playing in the surf.
 
#12
Shoot, you live in an area that never see people and you want us to believe that Californians don't pay camping fees? Try $35/night minimum depending on where you go.
Hah I just know what I know. I don't travel south of Redding into southern california too often so I s'pose I'm out of touch.
 
#15
I sure miss the Grayland RV site that was right next to the Dunes restuarant...had the 5' Razor clam out front. Only cost $10.00 each nite for the tent trailer. 1 minute walk to the beach for Razors, head to the harbor in Westport for Crabbing using rings, by the time you had a limit it was time to head back for Surf Perch. Cook ,clean, eat and drink until morning. I really miss those days..spirit is there, but I'm missing too much of L4/L5 to ever do it again!