Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks Will Increase Entrance & Camping Fees Beginning October 1

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Date: October 1, 2015
Contact: General Park Information, 305-242-7700
Contact: Media Contact Katie Corrigan, 305-242-7714
Contact: Media Contact Mary Plumb, 305-242-7017

Starting on October 1, Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks will increase entrance fees for visitors in order to fund important maintenance and improvement projects within the park. Everglades and Dry Tortugas have not increased park-wide fees since 1997.

"This increase in fees will allow us to continue to protect, preserve and share the special places at Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks with current visitors and future generations. After carefully considering the impact of a fee increase on visitors and community members, we came to the conclusion that this is the right course of action to improve facilities and services important to visitors," said Superintendent Pedro Ramos.

Entrance fees have supported a wide range of projects that improve the park and visitor experiences, including trailhead signs, developing and installing exhibits in visitor centers, improving park water systems, providing ranger-led programs, and improving Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility. An example is the new Shark Valley Visitor Center, which was partially funded with Recreation Fees.

Additional revenue from this fee increase will address deferred maintenance project costs for parks around the country. The National Park Service defines "deferred maintenance" as work activities that were not performed when scheduled on fixed assets (such as a bridge) and subsequently delayed until the future (most often due to funding constraints). These assets are necessary to provide the public an enjoyable experience in harmony with resource protection which is the economic engine for local communities across the nation. In Florida, the deferred maintenance amount comes to almost $192 million. According to Deputy Superintendent Justin Unger, the cost of Everglades National Park's deferred maintenance comes to almost $63 million. At Dry Tortugas National Park, that number is closer to $56.5 million.

In the fall of 2014, the National Park Service conducted a nationwide review of entrance fees. To solicit public input, a civic engagement campaign was launched in December 2014 and January 2015 regarding the Everglades and Dry Tortugas proposals. During the public comment period,input was solicited by the parkfrom local officials and the public through 5 public meetings held throughout the area. Briefings were also provided for Congressional, nearby Federal, State, County and City officials, and stakeholder groups.

The new marine waters boater education program, which is expected to soon be approved as part of Everglades National Park's General Management Plan, is being developed and is expected to be available in 2016. More information about the program will be announced well in advance of the course's launch date so that the public is aware of course details as soon as possible.

Fee Rate Change

Current Fee Rate

 Fee Rate as of

Oct. 1,

2015

Fee Rate as of

Oct. 1, 2016

EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK:

Entrance/Transportation Fee 2015 Request Approved

(Length of stay remains the same - 7 days)

Annual Park Pass

$25

$40

$40

Per Vehicle

$10

$20

$25

Per Person

$5

$8

$8

Motorcycle Rate

$5

$15

$20

Expanded Amenity2015 Request Approved

Flamingo Campground-RV with electric hook-up (Per Site Per Night)

$30

$30

$30

Flamingo Campground-RV with electric hook-up (Per Site Per Night)-Senior Citizens

$15

$15

$15

Flamingo Campground (Per Site Per Night)

$16

$20

$20

Flamingo Campground (Per Site Per Night)-Senior Citizens

$8

$10

$10

Long Pine Key Campground (Per Site Per Night)

$16

$20

$20

Long Pine Key Campground (Per Site Per Night)-Senior Citizens

$8

$10

$10

Group Camping (Per Site Per Night)

$30

$30

$30

Back Country Camping Permit

(standard fee regardless of length of stay or number of people) 

$10

$15

$15

Back Country Camping (Per Person Per Night)

$2

$2

$2

Special Recreation Permit2015 Request Approved

Annual Boat Ramp Fee (per person)

$60

$60*

N/A

Annual Boating Permit (for boat operator)

N/A

$50*

$75

Daily Boat Ramp (per person)

$5

$5*

N/A

7 day Boating Permit (for boat operator)

N/A

$25*

$25

*In 2016 when the boater education course and permit program are implemented the ramp fee will end. In this initial year of the boater education program, the fee will be phased in so that visitors will not be charged both a ramp fee and boating permit for the same time period.

Canoe Permit (per person)

$3

$5

$5

Canoe Permit-Senior Citizens (per person)

$2

N/A

N/A

Canoe Permit-Annual (per person)

N/A

$10

$10

DRY TORTUGAS NATIONAL PARK:

Entrance/Transportation Fee 2015 Request Approved

(Length of stay remains the same - 7 days)

Per Person

$5

$10

$10

Expanded Amenity2015 Request Approved

Camping (Per Person Per Night)

$3

N/A

N/A

Camping (Per Site Per Night)

N/A

$15

$15

Group Camping (Per Person Per Night)

$3

N/A

N/A

Group Camping (Per Site Per Night)

N/A

$30

$30



Last updated: October 1, 2015

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