Vermont State Parks are Seeking Public Input on 2022 Proposed Rule & Fee Changes

Visitors to Vermont State Parks come to recreate in a safe and welcoming environment. During their stay they count on a clean, friendly and relaxing experience. To help guide that experience rules are established for visitor behavior and to help protect these amazing places for the long term. Even though managing Vermont State Parks and hosting well over 1 million visitors each year is a complex operation, our aim is to keep the associated rules as simple as possible and to maintain an environment where expectations are clear and opportunities are available to all.

The establishment of rules and fees for Vermont State Parks is governed through legislative authority, State Statute Title Ten Section 2603c, and there is a lengthy process set in place for changing rules and setting fees.

Periodically we consider changes and must follow the rule making process to do so. An important piece of this process is the opportunity for elected officials and the general public to weigh in. Proposed changes are carefully considered by agency professionals and our goal is to remain as affordable as possible while ensuring that the majority of the costs to operate the state park system are covered. 100% of fees collected go directly back into operating the parks system.

We are at our best when we hear from you. If you have any concerns, questions or specific feedback on the proposed rule and fee changes summarized below, please send them prior to June 14, 2022.


PROPOSED DAY USE POLICY CHANGES

Pass Replacement
Vehicle and Individual Passes can now be replaced if lost or stolen. Our new reservation system allows us to cancel, and re-issue lost or stolen passes.

New Organization Pass
We’ve created new season pass that will allow up to 17 people in one vehicle free entry into all Vermont State Park Day Use areas for the season. Cost of new pass is $180.00. Regular household Vehicle Passes will remain at $90.00.

Simplified Municipal Rate
Municipal Recreation Groups
1 – 25 persons including staff and drivers = $250.00 per month.
Each additional group of 25 persons or parts thereof, additional $250.00 per month.


PROPOSED DAY USE FEE CHANGES

PROPOSED CAMPING POLICY  CHANGES

New 1-night Minimum Stay Policy
1-night reservations are now permitted Sunday – Thursday nights beginning March 1 for current season reservations. Applies only to tent/RV sites and lean-to’s.

No Show Policy
Visitors must occupy their sites no later than 2PM the second day after their reservation begins or must contact the park staff to notify them of their late arrival. Visitors failing to do so will forfeit their site and will not be entitled to any refund.

Green River Reservoir
Campsites at Green River Reservoir will now be charged the same camping fees as other Vermont State Park campgrounds.


PROPOSED CAMPING FEES

 



PROPOSED BURTON ISLAND FEES

PROPOSED SEYON LODGE FEES 

View Complete Annotated Proposed Rule Change Document


HOW TO PROVIDE FEEDBACK ON PROPOSED CHANGES

Send an email to parks@vermont.gov

Send snail mail to:

Vermont State Parks Rules Feedback
1 National Life Drive, Davis 2
Montpelier, VT   05620

Attend a public hearing:

In person: 

Tuesday, June 7, 2022, 5:00 PM
Catamount Room
1 National Life Drive, Davis 2
Montpelier, VT  05620

Virtually: 

Tuesday, June 7, 2022, 5:000 PM
Microsoft Teams Meeting Link

PLEASE SUBMIT FEEDBACK NO LATER THAN 4:00 PM TUESDAY, JUNE 14.

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