The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission adopted new fee rules for Montana State Parks at its Dec. 14 meeting in Helena.
The rule standardizes State Parks and Fishing Access Site camping fees at $12 and $5 respectively. The commission, however, further moved to assess a $10 camping fee at Fishing Access Sites for those who do not possess a valid Montana fishing license.
"It's an equity issue," said Doug Monger, FWP Parks Division Administrator. "The development and maintenance of Montana's Fishing Access Sites are only funded by fishing license revenues. The commission feels that if a camper at a Fishing Access Site doesn't have a valid fishing license, that camper should pay a higher fee to use the site."
The commission also approved the sale of a new Parks Passport for low-income residents and families. The Low-Income Parks Passport will be available for $16 to low-income residents as established by standard eligibility documentation. "We want our State Parks to be accessible to all Montanans regardless of their economic status. That's why we proposed to offer this year-round Parks Passport discount," Monger said.
FWP's State Parks Passports normally sell for $20 for residents and $24 for nonresidents.