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Crater Lake proposes 150 percent increase in entrance fee

Crater Lake National Park is proposing to increase its $10 entrance fee by 150 percent to account for inflation and provide needed revenue for maintenance projects.

Entrance fee per vehicle, which allows occupants into the park for seven days, would jump to $25. Individual fees would increase from $5 to $12 and motorcycle passes would quadruple, from $5 to $20. Interagency passes will remain at $80 general, $10 for a senior pass, and stay free for military purchasers.

 Parks officials are asking for public input through late December.The new fees, which would put Crater Lake on par with other national parks of its size, could be implemented by early 2015, though the schedule could vary based on public feedback, according to a press release. National Park officials said the increase is to stay consistent with inflation, as entrance fees have not changed since 1997, when seven-day passes doubled, from $5 to $10. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Price Index shows $10 in 1997 is equivalent to about $14.79 in 2014.

They say the extra revenue is needed for repair and maintenance of park facilities, building restoration, additional park programs, transportation services and increased resource protection. Some improvement projects already in the works include reconstruction of the Cleetwood Cove bulkhead and dock facility, expansion of the Cleetwood parking area, repaving of the Mazama Campground, construction of a trail at Plaikni Falls, and the production of an orientation video for the park.

Public comments on the increase can be submitted online at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/crlaproposedfeeincrease. Emails can also be sent to CRLA_Superintendent@nps.gov, or via snail mail at:

Superintendent, Attention:

Proposed Fee Increase

P.O. Box 7

Crater Lake, OR 97604

Reach reporter Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or rpfeil@mailtribune.com. Follow him at www.twitter.com/ryanpfeil.