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LAKE MEAD FEES TO INCREASE JAN 15, BUY 2011 ANNUAL PASSES AT 2010 RATES THROUGH JAN. 14

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Date: December 20, 2010
Contact: Kevin Turner, (702) 293-8712

LAS VEGAS – The director of the National Park Service has approved the increase of entrance and lake use fees at Lake Mead National Recreation Area. The new fee schedule will go into effect Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011.

Passes will be $10 for vehicles and motorcycles, $16 for vessels, and $5 for individuals entering on foot or by bicycle. Passes will be valid for seven days from purchase, which is two more days than before. Annual passes will be $30 each. Discounts for additional annual passes will be discontinued. The price for the federal interagency annual pass remains unchanged at $80.

Visitors can purchase their 2011 annual passes at the 2010 rates including taking advantage the discounted rate for additional annual passes until Jan. 14, 2011.

Passes are available at any of the park’s entrance stations, park headquarters at 601 Nevada Way in downtown Boulder City, Nev., or by mail with a form available on the park’s website at http://www.nps.gov/lake. Order forms sent by mail must be received by Jan. 14, 2011 to receive the 2010 rate.

Federal interagency senior passes, access passes, Golden Age and Golden Access passes remain valid for park entry and 50% discount on lake use and camping fees. Senior passes are available for a onetime charge of $10 for Americans age 62 and older. Access passes are available at no charge for Americans with permanent disabilities. Both are valid for entry to most federal lands that charge entrance fees, and they are good for the life of the pass holder.

The National Park Service estimates its call for public input on increases reached at least 250,000 people through public meetings, news releases, park website, park newspaper, news media, social media, and letters to federal, state, and local elected officials and members of the tourism and business community. The public comment period opened on Apr. 2 and lasted until July 1 of this year.

The park received 98 written comments during the comment period. Twenty-eight comments were clearly in favor of the increase, 28 were clearly against it, while the remainder were neutral or in favor of portions of the proposal. The majority of comments were from residents of communities immediately surrounding the park.

With the increase, the park’s total gross revenue is expected to increase from $3.3 million in 2010 to about $13 million by 2014. Eighty percent of those funds stay in the park. The other twenty percent is used to fund programs and projects at national parks that don’t charge a recreation fee.

Funding from recreation fees is used to enhance the visitor experience and protect resources. The park uses this funding to improve launch ramp access, picnic areas, protect natural resources, provide additional litter cleanup, and provide visitor education programs. By National Park Service policy, recreation fee funding cannot be used for normal operational costs such as permanent employee salaries.


Lake Mead National Recreation Area
New Fee Schedule

VEHICLE/MOTORCYCLE FEES

Old Fees Ending 1/14/2011

New Fees Effective 1/15/2011

5 day pass

$5.00

 

7 day pass

 

$10.00

Annual pass

$20.00

$30.00

Annual pass (additional passes)

$10.00

$30.00

LAKE USE FEE (BOATING PASS

 

 

5 day pass (1st vessel)

$10.00

 

5 day pass (senior & access pass holders)

$5.00

 

5 day pass (additional passes)

$5.00

 

7 day pass (per vessel)  

$16.00

7 day pass (senior & access pass holders)

 

$8.00

Annual pass

$20.00

$30.00

Annual pass (additional passes)

$10.00

$30.00

Annual pass (senior & access pass holders)

$10.00

$15.00

INDIVIDUAL PASS

 

 

5 day pass

$3.00

 

7 day pass

 

$5.00





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