Planning

Campground and Cabin Rental Increase Proposal

Recreation managers at the Nez Perce–Clearwater National Forests are interested in hearing your comments on a proposal to increase fees at 29 campgrounds and cabin/lookout rentals. 

Forest recreation opportunities are found in three large geographical zones: the North Zone, including the Palouse and North Fork Ranger Districts; the Central Zone, containing the Lochsa, Moose Creek (Selway River), and Powell Ranger Districts; and the South Zone which covers the Red River, Elk City, South Fork of the Clearwater and Salmon River Districts.  Proposed fee increases are as follows:

North Zone:

  • Aquarius, Hidden Creek, Kelly Forks, Noe Creek and Washington Creek Campgrounds currently charge $7 per night which will increase to $10 per night. 
  • Laird Park and Little Boulder Campgrounds currently charge $8 per night which will increase to $12 per night.
  • Elk River Campground which has electrical hook-ups will go from $15 per night to $20 per night. 
  • Bald Mountain Lookout rental is proposed to increase from $35 to $45 per night. 
  • Kelly Forks Cabin is proposed to increase from $55 per night to $65 per night. 
  • Liz Butte Cabin is proposed to increase from $20 per night to $40 per night.

Central Zone:

  • Apgar, Wild Goose, Wilderness Gateway, Wendover, White Sand, Whitehouse and O’Hara Bar Campgrounds currently charge $8 per night which will increase to $15 per night. 
  • Jerry Johnson Campground is currently charging $10 per night which is proposed to increase to $15 per night. 
  • Powell Campground which also has electrical hook-ups will increase from $15 per night to $20 per night. 
  • Glade Creek Group Campground will increase from $35 per night for five camping spots to $50 per night. 
  • Lolo Pass currently has a winter recreation pass under a Special Recreation Permit. Day passes will remain $5 per day, but season passes are proposed to increase from $25 to $35 per season.
  • Castle Butte Lookout is proposed to increase from $30 per night to $40 per night.

South Zone:

  • Castle Creek and South Fork Campground are proposed to increase from $8 per night to $12 per night. 
  • Fish Creek Campground currently charges $6 per night which will increase to $12. 
  • Spring Bar Campground on the Salmon River will increase from $10 per night to $12 per night. 
  • Red River Campground is proposed to increase from $6 per night to $12 per night. 
  • Jerry Walker Cabin located near the Elk City is proposed to increase from $20 per night to $40 per night.

You can mail comments to: Diana Jones, RFA Coordinator, Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests, 12730 U.S. Highway 12, Orofino, ID 83544 or email comments to dljones@fs.fed.usComments are due May 9, 2014.

For more information, please go to the March 25 news release at:  http://www.fs.usda.gov/nezperceclearwater/news-events