The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission recently deferred a final decision on proposed increases in state parks and fishing access site fees until its Dec. 12 meeting.
FWP Commissioners said the State Park Division's funding options required additional study before making a final decision. The action delays the early sale of Montana State Parks Passports, usually available beginning Dec. 1 at FWP offices and license vendors around the state
The proposed state parks and fishing access site fee increases are part of a package of funding recommendations identified by the Montana State Parks Futures II Committee. The committee was charged by Governor Judy Martz to assess the state of the parks and make recommendations to the 2003 Legislature.
The public comment period concluded Nov. 1 on the new fee rules, which include increases for annual park passport fees; daily entrance and camping fees at state parks; fishing access site camping fees; elimination of the Early Bird Parks Passport and increases in fees for recreational floating on the Smith River.Montana State Parks Passports will be available at FWP offices and license vendors beginning in January. For information, contact the FWP State Parks Division at 406-444-3750.