2017 Recreation Fee Change Proposal

The U.S. Forest Service is asking for your input on proposed changes to establish consistent pricing for developed recreation sites for the Kisatchie National Forest.

The goal of these proposed changes are to establish a consistent pricing for developed recreation sites for the Kisatchie National Forest. Current pricing at many national forest sites have remained static for over a decade and have not kept pace with other recreation sites with similar services and amenities. In addition, many sites have received various improvements and upgrades.

These fee changes are only proposed. After public comment is received, the Forest will assess the comments and concerns and then present the fee proposals to the Southern Region Recreation Resource Advisory Committee, and the public is invited to attend and comment. The meeting time, location and agenda will be announced on www.fs.usda.gov/kisatchie. The Regional forester will make a decision on these fee proposals after public comment is complete.

The U.S. Forest Service will continue to offer free recreation opportunities on all national forests. However, fees may be adjusted to continue with operations, maintenance and other services. The Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act of 2004 allows the Forest Service to keep 80-95 percent of fees collected to operate, maintain, and improve the recreation sites.

 Proposed fee changes include:

Calcasieu Ranger District:

  • Fullerton Lake Campground – increase from $5.00 to $15.00/single site/night
  • Enduro Campground – increase from $3.00 to $10.00/single site/night
  • Kincaid Lake Campground – increase from $15.00 to $25.00/single site/night, and $20.00 to $30.00/double site/night
  • Kincaid Lake Day Use Area – increase from $3.00 to $5.00
  • Loran Camp – increase from $7.00 to $10.00/single site/night
  • East Kincaid Lake Boat Launch - increase from $3.00 to $5.00
  • West Kincaid Lake Boat Launch - increase from $3.00 to $5.00

Caney Ranger District:

  • Caney Lakes Recreation Area Beaverdam Campground – increase from $15.00 to $25.00/single site/night
  • Caney Lakes Day Use Recreation Area - increase from $3.00 to $5.00. This site includes three boat launches:
    • Upper Caney Lakes North
    • Lower Caney Lakes North
    • Lower Caney Lakes South

Catahoula Ranger District:

  • Stuart Lake Campground– increase from $5.00 to $15.00/single site/night, and $5.00 to $20.00/double site/night
  • Stuart Lake Day Use Area – increase from $3.00 to $5.00

 Kisatchie Ranger District:

  • Cane Camp – increase from $3.00 to $10.00/single site/night
  • Corral Camp – increase from $3.00 to $10.00/single site/night
  • Lotus Camp – increase from $3.00 to $10.00/single site/night

 Winn Ranger District:

  • Gum Springs Campground – increase from $3.00 to $10.00/single site/night
  • Gum Springs Horse Trailhead Camp – increase from $3.00 to $10.00/single site/night

 For more information or to provide comments about this fee proposal for the Recreation Resource Advisory Committee to consider, please contact Stacy Blomquist, Public Affairs Specialist, at 318-473-7242, or by email at sblomquist@fs.fed.us.