Proposed Recreation Fees Information and Comment Page

In 2004, Congress passed the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (REA), which allows the Forest Service to retain funds collected at certain recreation sites and use these funds locally to operate, maintain, and improve these sites. These additional funds along with 95 percent of the revenue from recreation fees remains on the forest to operate, maintain, and improve facilities. The resources derived through collection of fees helps provide quality recreation opportunities that meet the modern expectation of visitors and creates a more financial sustainable developed recreation program for the benefit of future generations.

The proposed changes will impact campgrounds, day-use sites, wildlife viewing sites and cabins on the Tongass National Forest. The proposed changes include new and increased fees at recreation sites. These changes will help improve and maintain recreation facilities on the Tongass National Forest. The recreation fees charged at Forest Service managed sites contribute to the stewardship of these special places.

Current Status

The 2023 public comment period has ended. The new and increased fees were approved by the Regional Forester and will be implemented in 2024 and 2025.

Fee Proposals

The 2024 public comment period begins May 3rd, 2024 and will end July 2nd, 2024.

Ways to Comment

You can use the mapping tool to look up and comment on specific sites, or make a general comment on a fee proposal. You can also comment by email, mail, at an office, or by phone.

Story Map

Submit comments on this interactive map here: https://arcg.is/0LSzWv2

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