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New charges set for camping at BLM sites

Planning on a camping trip to one of the BLM camp sites along the Crooked River? Then be prepared to pay a bit more

   BLM camping fees for developed sites on the Crooked Wild and Scenic River here are increasing to $8 per individual site and $16 for group sites. The previous fee levels were and $15 respectively.
   There have been significant improvements in the campgrounds since then and the higher fees are needed to offset increased costs of maintaining the area.
   "The new fee will take effect on May 15, said Tom Mottl, Recreation Manager for the Deschutes Resource Area. "All fees collected at this site are used to maintain the campgrounds and associated facilities."
   "The fees have not increased since 1994." Mottl added.