We'd Like Your Input on Proposed Fee Changes

Vermont State Parks is proposing some modest fee increases to generate funds to offset increasing operation
and maintenance costs. Revenue generated from state park services helps sustain the system and all its values, including preservation of open space and interpretation of our environment and the natural world.

We would like your input on these changes. Let us know what you think. Please contact Craig Whipple, Director of State Parks, via email at craig.whipple@state.vt.us or mail at Craig Whipple, Vermont State Parks, 1 National Life Drive, Davis 2, Montpelier, VT  05620. Comments will be accepted until May 12, 2014.

You are also invited to attend a public meeting about these proposed changes, Monday, May 5, 5:30 PM at the DEC Act 250 Conference Room, Agency of Natural Resources, 111 West Street, Essex Junction, Vermont 05453.

The proposed changes are as follows:
  • Increase camping fees by $2/per night
  • Increase fee for Mt. Philo picnic pavilion to $200 Monday - Friday and $300 Saturday - Sunday.
  • Increase horse camping fee by $4 per night
  • Increase boat rental fee at Seyon Lodge to $7.50/per hour
  • Increase fee for rental of entire lodge at Seyon Lodge State Park to $650 Monday - Thursday & $700 Friday - Sunday
  • Reduce weekend day use fee at Sand Bar State Park by fifty cents per person to $3/per adult and $2/per child under 14 to be consistent with other parks in the system
  • Change Stone Hut maximum stay to five nights
You can read the complete annotated rule at this link: http://www.vtstateparks.com/pdfs/2014-rule-annotated.pdf


  1. These fees are still fair and affordable. Do what you need to do to keep our State Parks maintained and operational.

  2. Vermont parks are still the best bang for your camping buck!😊

  3. Vt state parks are still the best bang for our camping buck.

  4. We've been using the Vermont Park system since 1976. Your fees were fair then, they are now, and they will be with this increase. Have you ever considered a Senior rate for those over 62 or 65 such as the National Park System? We have the Vermont lifetime day use pass which is very nice, and the National Park Service pass which is even better. A similar pass in Vermont that would allow Vermont Seniors a reduced rate, even if it were limited to May/June/Sept/Oct, and/or Sun-Thurs nights only might fill a lot of those empty sites with retired people who can take advantage of the parks mid-week.

  5. It's understandable that prices need to rise to keep up with maintenance costs, etc. The parks are a treasure that we need to maintain. Thanks for all that you do to provide special places for us to spend time with family and friends!


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