Hoosier National Forest campground fee increase being considered

The U.S. Forest Service is considering raising the prices at campgrounds in the Hoosier National Forest to $10 a night. But there is still time for you to weigh in on the decision.

The increased fees would be at seven campgrounds: Hickory Ridge, Buzzard Roost, Saddle Lake, German Ridge, Blackwell, Shirley Creek and Young’s Creek. Five of the sites currently have no fees, while Saddle Lake is now $5 and German Ridge is $8 per night.

Under the federal Lands Recreation Act, new fees and any fee changes must be proposed and approved by a citizen’s advisory committee. You are invited to comment on the proposed fees with a deadline of October 31st. You can call and leave your comments at 812-275-5987. Or you can send comment by email, online or by mail.

Mail: Hoosier Forest Service, Attention: Stacy Duke, Forest Recreation Program Manager, 811 Constitution Avenue, Bedford, IN 47421

E-mail: [email protected].

Online: https://bit.ly/3yxGfE7

After the deadline, the proposed fee changes and comments will be reviewed by a Recreation Advisory Committee, who will submit their recommendation to the Regional Forester for a final decision.

You can get more information on the projects and fees at https://www.fs.usda.gov/hoosier.

Photo: Water falls from Hemlock Cliffs in Hoosier National Forest. Photo courtesy of U.S. Forest Service