Oregon state parks eliminate winter discounts

Discounts to be replaced by targeted deals

Cape Arago State Park, as seen on their website, Sept 8, 2014
Cape Arago State Park, as seen on their website, Sept 8, 2014

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — Oregon state parks are ending their annual winter discounts on camping fees.

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department says the across-the-board discounts will be replaced by targeted deals starting next year.

The 20-year-old “discovery season” program reduced tent and recreational vehicle campsite fees by $4 a night. They’ll remain in effect through the end of April at all state park campgrounds.

The Mail Tribune reports that parking and camping fees provide $21 million of the $48 million it costs to operate state parks each year. The rest comes from a portion of RV licensing revenue and state lottery proceeds.

The parks department says a decline in lottery revenue is part of the reason for eliminating the seasonal discount. Officials estimate the change will generate $400,000 to $500,000 in additional yearly revenue.

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